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Approaching Literary Agents: Query Letter 101

Chicago Writers Conference

Monday, January 13, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Approaching Literary Agents: Query Letter 101

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January Writers Night Out - Query Letter 101

If you want to publish your fiction or non-fiction, a query letter is your first approach to an agent -- and will determine if she requests your manuscript or not. Join us for a conversation with Literary Agent Joanna MacKenzie to learn the dos and don'ts of crafting a professional, attention-grabbing query letter. 

We'll discuss:

  • What a query letter is
  • Why you need one
  • How to write an effective query
  • What an agent sees when they read your letter

The hour-long discussion will be followed by a Q + A.

Admission Includes

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Instruction and Q+A
  • Prize drawing
  • Networking

About Your Guides

Joanna MacKenzie

Joanna is a Literary Agent with Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She has  successfully placed all types of projects, but her passion lies in commercial fiction. She enjoys working with writers who embrace the full creative process. She has helped shape many client manuscripts into books that have gone on to become bestsellers. She also manages the foreign rights for numerous agency properties. Joanna holds a MA in Film Theory & Criticism from the University of Chicago, and a BFA in Drama from the University of Calgary, Canada. She has represented When You Give A Duke A Diamond by Shana Galen, The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab, and Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons.

Mare Swallow

Mare Swallow (Moderator)

Mare is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Writers Conference. She loves helping writers learn new skills and reach their goals. A professional public speaker, she is the author of 21 Ways to Engage Your Audience, available on Amazon.

Please view our Cancellation Policy before registering.



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Lillstreet Loft is accessible by the CTA Brown Line (Montrose Station). Parking is available along Ravenswood Avenue.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email contact [at] chicagowritersconference [dot] org

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. You may transfer your registration to another person. To do so, please email us at contact[at]chicagowritersconference[dot]org and provide the name, email, and phone number of the person taking your place.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but we may ask for ID.

What is the cancellation policy?

View our cancellation policy here.

Have questions about Approaching Literary Agents: Query Letter 101? Contact Chicago Writers Conference

When & Where

Lillstreet Loft
4437 North Ravenswood Avenue
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

Monday, January 13, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

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