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Small Adventures Bookshop and Word Smitten Publishing
reports on recent
A Writer’s Workshop
Writing the Literary Query Letter
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GULFPORT, SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 – Small Adventures Bookshop recently held a Writing Salon where authors and emerging writers crafted literary query letters in a daylong workshop.

A group of regional writers met in this boutique atmosphere to discuss the problems and solutions encountered by published and unpublished writers. With their own manuscripts and sample drafts in hand, the group evaluated noted authors whose query letters obtained the interest and subsequent publication of their manuscripts. Query letters written by James Michener, Nicholas Sparks, and other published authors provided direction for the workshop project.

Hosted by Jan Dutton, proprietor of the book shop, the event will be repeated in September for the intermediate phase of the project. Key points discussed included the style of the one-page query, the strategy for "hooking" the interest of an agent or book editor, the single-sentence capsule of the storyline, and the documented audience statistics for each genre.

For the second event, workshop participants plan to complete independent research and return with a completed draft of a newly revised literary query letter. The revised letters will be discussed and critiqued in an open forum. Letters will target literary agents appropriate to each writer's genre.

The fee for the intermediate workshop is $29.00 and advance registration is required. Registration includes: the cost of the workshop and a copy of 16-page handout, The Ultimate Query Letter Workbook, provided by Word Smitten e-book publishers, sponsors of the event.

The workshop will be September 20 at Small Adventures Bookshop, 3107 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport, Florida, 33707. Call or visit Jan Dutton, the Book Lady, by September 18, 2003. For more details call (727) 347-8732.

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