ONLINE The Dreaded Query Letter
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 and best selling author. Her writing has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies both in Canada and Internationally. She is the host of the literary podcast Crow Reads, the Vice President for the League of Canadian Poets, and Past Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient and past writer in residence with Audreys Books. She is a member of the teaching faculty with Grant Macewan University. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award and the John Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. The author of three poetry collections, and four genre-fiction books, her most recent book, Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun, focuses on mental health and intergenerational trauma.