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"Writing the Successful Query Letter and Synopsis for Fiction" with John Pipkin

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

9/20/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for this class has now closed, but there is one ticket still available. If you would like to register for this class, please email or call 512-499-8914 by 11:00 AM on Friday, September 19. You can also buy tickets at the door at walk-up rates, if seats are available. For more information, please see our Classes page.

Please be aware that the WLT office closes at noon on Fridays. If you would like to register or ask questions about a class, please call the office before then. Thanks!


$49 members (log in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

In this class, John will teach you how to write a concise, interesting, one-page synopsis of your novel or non-fiction book and how to compose a pitch-perfect query letter that will attract the attention of an agent. Students will also walk away with the following:

- The elements of a good synopsis

- The tools necessary to write a successful query letter

- An understanding of what agents are looking for in the synopsis and query

- Insights into how the synopsis and query can help you develop, edit, and polish your manuscript


About the instructor...

John Pipkin’s first novel, Woodsburner, was published to national acclaim by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in April 2009. Woodsburner won the New York Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Massachusetts Center for the Book Novel Prize, and the Texas Institute of Letters Stephen Turner Prize for First Novel. John was the Dobie Paisano Fellow for the spring of 2011, and is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Southwestern University, where he teaches creative writing and 19th-century British Literature. He also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. His new novel is under contract at Bloomsbury Press.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. 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. For more information, visit our Classes page.


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