Live to Write (I): Syllabus


Agent to Your Truth

Agent to Your Truth

with guests: Serene Hakim, Monika Woods, Eloisa Amezcua


Each day of the workshop will be guided by a short text sample (from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) with a writing prompt.  These prompts are not meant to be shared in a workshop style; rather than are to focus us on the work of continuing to create and innovate in our crafts.


This class is meant to support writers who want to learn more about what it means to seek an agent or work with a publicist.  You’ve written a book of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry (or you are very close to finishing a project), and you would like to see it out in the world. How do you connect with an agent to find a publisher (if appropriate)?  Once you have a publisher and a publishing date, how do you work with publicist to produce a groundswell of support for this work?  How do you develop a relationship with a talent agent to book readings? 


This shortened workshop is meant to be Part 1 of the #LiveToWrite Series.  Those who take the course, will receive a manuscript consult with me in preparation for submitting a manuscript to an agent for review or publicity plan for review.  In this workshop, there will be explicit preparation so as to address the guidelines of Serene Hakim of Ayesha Pande Literary and Monika Woods of Curtis Brown, Ltd. 


ORIENTATION:  February 23 3-4pm Technology and Class Orientation

In this shortened session, we will go through the technological tools and also prepare to meet with Serene Hakim by formulating questions. 

Week 1:  February 24, 3-4:30pm PST, Serene Hakim of Ayesha Pande Literary

In this first week, we will meet with Serene Hakim to learn more about her journey to become a literary agent, what she looks for in a query letter and manuscript submission, and how to catch her attention.  We will then work on query letters together.  We will also discuss how to give constructive feedback and develop norms for constructive feedback together. 

Week 2:  March 3, 3-4:30 PST, Monika M. Woods of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

In this first week, we will meet with Monika M. Woods to deepen our knowledge of the work of the literary agent and how to catch her particular attention.  We will also ask questions about the query letters in general. In our collaborative session, we will review query letters and book proposal/manuscript submissions in pairs.  Each partner will have time to present a question that they are considering before working in breakout rooms.  We will return to the virtual space to share questions and what we have learned through the process. 

Week 3:  March 10, 3-4:30pm PST, Case Study with Special Guest Author

How do you prepare to work with a publicist?  What should you have as a writer to be effective?  What should be in a “press kit”? How does one become represented by a publicist?  These and other questions will be addressed as we learn more about how one author worked with a publicist to establish an extended community project around her book.

Week 4:  March 17, 3-4:30pm PST, Eloisa Amezcua of Costura Creative

In this last session, we will learn about how to work with a talent agent after the book has found a publisher.  We will also create work plans and checklists so as to be prepared to send a query letters and manuscripts/book proposals to agents by September 30, 2019.  We will identify dates for manuscript/query letter consults with your facilitator.  For those working on publicity plans, we will prepare a query letter to seek representation with a publicist or talent agent and also create checklists in preparation for book launches.