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"First Impressions Are Everything: Composing a Standout Query Letter" ONLINE with Becka Oliver

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9/22/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

$99 for members (WLT members only) 

This class is sold out. 

Are you polishing up your query letter to get it ready for potential agents? Or maybe you've sent a letter out and haven't received the response you hoped for.   

In this special intensive class, each participant will learn the essential components of a query letter and will receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students. This is a collaborative experience - all students are given the opportunity to share their query letters ahead of time and participation in the conversation is encouraged. For this reason, this class is limited to 10 students. 

Prior to the class, each student will send the following to the instructor:

  1. The draft of a query letter for one writing project
  2. One-page synopsis of the same writing project
  3. Your author bio.

If you don't have any of these things, you can still attend the class, but we do urge you to send in what you can in order to have a richer experience. Sign up soon (WLT members only), as registration will be strictly capped at 10.



  • You want to learn strategies for writing effective query letters.

  • You want feedback on your own query letter.


Becka Oliver joined the WLT in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big five” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group -- licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and nonfiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.


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$99 members (members only)

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

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Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video.

A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at or call at 512-499-8914.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit


 This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to