Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Hi everyone,
As a lot of you are getting ready to send your stories out, I thought this online class might be something you'd be interested in: Q IS FOR QUERY, A IS FOR AAACK! with Laurie Schnebly Campbell.

With writing conferences and contests in full swing, this really seems like an appropriate class! Especially if you're in the AAAACK! stage! LOL. Um, can you guess where I've been a couple of times? I think perhaps we've all been there.

Anyway, this is only a 2-week class this time, so it's less expensive. And feel free to pass the info on to friends and loved ones. :-)

Also, if you have any online writing classes (or contests!) that you would love to see promoted, please feel free to e-mail me and I'll be happy to post the info here as well!

Good luck with your writing!


P.S. To email online class and/or contest info, please e-mail me at: michele (at) michelecwiertny (dot) com

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May 12, 2008- May 23, 2008

with Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Why is it so hard to write a query letter? Well, because an author’s entire career depends on the response!

That may be a slight exaggeration, but it doesn’t make the job any less daunting when a writer who routinely creates lyrical prose is suddenly forced to create a sales tool. Sitting down with the editor or agent in person for a two or three-hour chat might do the job faster, but since that isn't always possible, it's important to have a sales tool that covers the same material in just 250 words.

Find out how to craft a query letter for ANY set of circumstances:

• Approaching an editor or agent who judged your entry in a contest

• Meeting ‘em (by plan or accident) at National or a local conference

• Picking a name at random (and why this should be a last resort)

• Switching from non-fiction to fiction writing, or vice versa

• Capitalizing on a recent success with this manuscript or another one

Since most writers aren’t the naturally outgoing type, convincing someone to request a manuscript -- even in a letter -- doesn’t always come as easily as creating fascinating plots and characters.

This workshop shows how to make writing the query a whole lot easier than writing the book, complete with critiques for randomly drawn people willing to share their work.

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Laurie Schnebly Campbell used to wish she could write books as easily as she wrote query letters, and wondered why other writers found sales pieces so challenging. Then she realized that queries come naturally to anyone whose day job is in advertising, and felt a lot less smug. After her second novel beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year,” Laurie started teaching writers what she learned from her day job and from her master’s in counseling. She loves teaching anyway, but the side benefit is that it gives her an excuse to avoid cleaning house!

Enrollment Information
COST: $10 for OCC members $15 for non-members
Click here for more information.