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What should your next steps be after you’ve written something amazing? What’s the path to getting your work out into the world? “The creative writing world is paved with pathways for writers to lead their projects into the light,” says Kilby Blades, “but navigating those roads isn’t easy. And, at every checkpoint are gatekeepers. In this class, you’ll learn who those gatekeepers are and how they work.”
The class will introduce a range of competitive opportunities in the writing world, from querying for agent representation and traditional publication, to submitting for contests and mentorships, to applying to literary retreats. We will discuss how to find opportunities that align with what you write and how to craft and polish your submissions. We will cover how to choose a writing sample, how to write a synopsis, and—of course—how to present yourself in your actual application or query letter. Some class time will be allocated to workshopping a single query that each student creates. Beyond in-class discussion and feedback, the instructor will offer a query critique to each participating student.
About The Writing Salon's Online Zoom Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kilby Blades is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romance and Women’s Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly). Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 16, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 23, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Kilby is an amazing teacher and I gained a lot of great information about the business of writing. She’s also very encouraging with our endeavors. I would definitely take her classes again, and signed up for a second class because of my positive experience.