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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 Remote 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 hello@writingsalons.com.



    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.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, February 04, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, February 11, 10:30am-1:00pm


Sat, February 4 @ 6:30 pm PST
Sat, February 11 @ 9:00 pm PST
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Kilby Blades


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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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