Writing the Pitch: A Workshop for Aspiring Authors

jmww‘s MFA My Way columnist Christine Stewart is teaching “Writing the Pitch: A Workshop for Aspiring Authors” throught Johns Hopkins’ Odyssey program here in Baltimore. This class fills up fast, so if you’re in the greater Baltimore area, consider signing up!

Have a book of fiction completed or almost there? Ready to look for an agent? This is a workshop for writers with a completed work of fiction (or nonfiction) who are ready to find an agent. Participants will learn the five parts to a pitch, read and discuss examples from contemporary books, then begin writing their own, to be edited and refined over the course of our three sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to read drafts of their pitch as practice, receiving presentation tips from the instructor. We’ll discuss and analyze the elements of a writer’s “platform” (or bio), along with workshop presentations on how to structure your query letter, and about which conferences to attend to make your pitch to agents and editors and to receive valuable professional feedback.

919.297.01 Homewood
$69.00 (3 Sessions)
Tuesdays, Apr. 2-16, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Limit: 22 students

Christine Stewart, M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing and poetry, and recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, is founding director of the Write Here, Write Now workshops and current director of Maryland’s Poetry Out Loud competition for the National Endowment for the Arts; she is editor of Freshly Squeezed and has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Cortland Review, and other literary magazines.


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