Query Letters 101

Writing a query letter is daunting. It should go through as many iterations as the manuscript itself. You have to be interesting, compelling, and never waste anyone's time. You have to know your audience. There is no one query letter to rule them all. What is the agent you're writing to looking for? What does this press normally publish? Have you even read anything they want? Why does this process take so long? I know, it's frustrating. Your manuscript's done. It's ready, and now this? 


This course will take you through crafting a query letter that will sparkle with the kind of content that needs to be seen. We will talk about how to get your work noticed, specifically how to draft a compelling query letter, pitch, and synopsis. After speaking with agents and presses, I've got some answers to your questions. 

There will be space to look at your query letter, you may bring one already written if you like.


Sunday, October 13th :: 10 - noon



Space is limited. To register for Query Letters 

please email or call us or register online.

About this teaching artist:

Cathy Borders is the founder and Program Director of The Republic of Letters. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in New York and a Bachelor’s in English literature and critical theory from the University of Iowa. She’s the author of A Suburb of Monogamy, an experimental novel about the invention, withdrawal, and body of a liaison. She also founded the micropress, Omnia Vanitas Review, and has been a professional editor for over a decade. She thinks of writing differently, as something much more interesting, much more important than a thing you produce for money. She’s been published in Madhatter’s Review, Ampersand Review, Green Lantern Press, and Reconfigurations, among others. She’s now working on her second novel, a young adult fantasy whose raison d'être is emotional clarity and connection, as well as a comprehensive book on using the tarot to write fiction. Her chapbook, Robin Williams Is My Uncle, is forthcoming from Analog Books. 

About the art:

Basket-Hilted Broadsword

Walter Allan. 1750. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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RoL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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