HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY
AND HOOK AN AGENT
with Author and Former Literary Agent Eve Porinchak
In this interactive workshop Eve Porinchak, former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (JCLA, now part of Transatlantic Agency), will teach you the basics of how to write a QUERY LETTER – the most important step in landing your wonderful manuscript on an agent’s desk.
During QUERYPALOOZA you will learn to:
- Identify QUERY Do’s and Don’ts.
- Write a one sentence logline whittling down your book to its main hook and theme.
- Write a brief one paragraph pitch.
- Write a brief, intriguing author bio.
- Pull all these pieces together to create a concise and killer QUERY that will leave an agent begging to read your entire manuscript!
* If you do have a query letter draft, you will want to have that with you. If not, no worries - we'll put you to work so that you will have a draft by the end of our session.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Since earning a degree in psychology and biology from UCLA, Eve has spent much of her time in and out of jail—teaching creative writing to incarcerated teens. A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary, Eve also attended medical school, served as a child welfare case worker, and has taught everything from Kindergarten to college courses. She speaks at conferences all over the country and teaches courses at UCLA on all things publishing. A highly collaborative developmental editor, Eve prides herself on whipping manuscripts into submission-ready shape, and has guided countless aspiring authors on their paths to publication.
Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically - have the most fascinating tales to tell. Her critically acclaimed book, One Cut - a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s young adult true crime line SIMON TRUE in 2017.
Whether you seek a community of like-minded authors, dream of becoming a published author, or simply want to pursue and explore your writing hobby, joining a writing group like the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles will help you.
CBW–LA offers critique groups and sessions, writing workshops, guest lectures, write-ins at local coffee shops, networking, writing support, and even publishing opportunities for our members and guests. Every month, there's something interesting on our calendar!
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Although the group's main focus is on writing for children, we welcome writers of all kinds, as well as those who love to read children's books.
Founded in 2010, we branched out to start publishing our members in 2013 through our annual Story Sprouts Writing Day Workshop. We have two Writing Resources and Anthologies under our belt: Story Sprouts and Story Sprouts: Voice as well as a collaborative Middle Grade novel called Kayla Wayman, Teen Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream.
Story Sprouts: Setting and Story Sprouts: Conflict are currently in development, as well as a yet-unnamed Middle Grade collaborative novel about a boy who gets sucked into his video game. Look for those soon.
We encourage you to attend the annual workshop and buy a copy of the previous Story Sprouts; they make an excellent writing resource, brimming with high quality poetry, short fiction and nonfiction by our Story Sprouts authors.
MISSION AND PURPOSE
Our workshops provide tips and lessons on the craft and business of writing. You'll learn how to create characters so real, they practically jump off the page, weave storylines to make an interesting plot, revise and edit your manuscript, write and submit query letters to agents and editors, and how the publishing industry works.
You can get helpful feedback on your manuscript through our critique sessions, and our creative writing sessions help in sparking the next great idea, or simply help you improve your writing skills so you can find your voice and style.
MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS
Events are open to members and non-members alike. Members get great discounts on our workshops and free access to our critique sessions. Be sure to RSVP to reserve your space at any event. We offer many takeaways and have limited space, so we want to make sure you get the most out of your experience.
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