ONLINE The Dreaded Query Letter – How. Why. Where.
The query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to entice the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. It requires a firm grasp of your story premise and a firm grasp of the query structure.
For some writers, the query will represent a completely different way of thinking about their book—because it means thinking about one’s work as a product to be sold.
This workshop focuses on query letters for fiction, memoir and poetry. We talk about what goes into it, what should stay out and how to best structure the letter to help you progress past gatekeepers. Examples will be provided but participants are encouraged to come with a query letter to be critiqued.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Rayanne Haines is an award-winning, multi-genre author of five traditionally published books (her sixth on the way in 2021) in poetry, non-fiction, and genre fiction. Her writing has appeared in Fiddlehead, Freefall, Funicular, and Indefinite Space among others. She is the Alberta/NWT rep for the League of Canadian Poets and a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. Rayanne’s current work focuses on mental health and intergenerational female trauma. Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun (her second poetry collection) is forthcoming in 2021 with Frontenac House.