This workshop offers a holistic look at the process of searching for, signing with, and working with a literary agent. Do you need an agent? When is the right time to start querying? How do you know if a particular agent is right for you? What happens after you sign an agency contract, and how might an agent help guide your career? These questions and more will be answered in this workshop, which will also provide querying tips and best practices, a realistic look at today’s publishing landscape, and optional query letter critiques (time permitting).
Instructor: Laura Maylene Walter is the author of the debut novel Body of Stars, which was published by Dutton/Penguin Random House and Hodder Studio/Hachette UK in 2021. She is also the author of the short story collection Living Arrangements (BkMk Press, 2011), which won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize and a national gold IPPY. Laura’s writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Kenyon Review, Slate, The Sun, Ninth Letter, The Masters Review, Chicago Tribune Printers Row, Horse Girls (Harper Perennial, 2021), and many other publications. She has received fellowships, residencies, or grants from Tin House, Yaddo, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohioana Library Association, the Chautauqua Institution, and Art Omi: Writers. Laura is a founding editor of Literary Cleveland’s Gordon Square Review and is the Ohio Center for the Book Fellow at Cleveland Public Library, where she hosts Page Count, a literary podcast.
Details: The Agent Hunt from Start to Finish takes place Tuesday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 27 from 7-9pm in person at Lakewood United Methodist Church (15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107).