Sunday, March 4, 2018

Get Conference-Ready: Perfecting Your Pitch to Literary Agents & Publishers

Querying a publisher or literary agent is almost harder than writing a book. The St. Louis Writers Guild’s April 7 workshop will explore the process from start to finish--how to find agents and publishers, how to contact them, how to pitch to them…and just what is a log line? This free workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, Mo. 63131. 
Leading the workshop is someone who has sat on both sides of the pitching table—author, blogger, and lecturer Brad R. Cook. Participants will learn what goes in a query letter and a face-to-face pitch, as well as explore tools to find agents and publishers online and at conferences. Upcoming conferences include the Missouri Writers Guild conference in Columbia (May 19), and the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Gateway Con (June 15-17) and Penned Con (Sept. 20-22) in St. Louis. 
“I can’t guarantee you’ll find an agent, but you’ll have the tools to do so!” Brad said. For those who attended last year’s workshop, Brad said this talk is all new, incorporating tips he learned at last year’s Gateway Con.

Author of historical fantasies, The Iron Chronicles, The Airdrainium Adventures, and Tales of the Gearblade, Brad is a former co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press. He is a SCBWI member and currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. A founding contributor to The Writers’ Lens and The Sword Writers Academy, he can be heard weekly as a panelist on Write Pack Radio. He learned to fence at thirteen, and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with his cat and a centuries’ old classic. Find more @bradrcook on Twitter, Instagram, and tumblr.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Finish that book!” workshop March 3 hones time-management skills

Do you feel like you can never find the time to write? Have you been chipping away at the same manuscript forever without much progress? Do you need a system that can get you to typing “The End” with success and satisfaction?

Wrangling a fickle muse to meet a deadline—or just to get rid of that looming blank page—is a life-skill for everyone who wants to get serious about their writing. Allie Pleiter, the bestselling author of over thirty books, shares the nuts and bolts of how to manage your muse at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s March 3 workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free to Guild members; $5 for non-members.

“You'll learn how to set goals and deadlines that reflect your personal writing style and speed--and smart ways to get faster when you need it,” Allie said. Join the thousands of other writers who have tackled the process of professional creativity using Pleiter's popular Chunky Method. With a useful mix of the practical, the inspirational, and the nitty-gritty real life of it all, this workshop gives aspiring or working writers the tools they need to make the magic happen.

An avid knitter, coffee junkie and unreformed chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction, working on as many as four novels at a time. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy bestselling author of over thirty books, Allie spends her days writing, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the Midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a seventeen-year career with over 1.4 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at to learn more.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Guild’s Feb. 3 workshop features Meghan Pinson’s “Novel Revision 101”

Writers, don’t miss Meghan Pinson’s Feb. 3 workshop on “Novel Revision 101: DIY and Collaborative Revision.” Held from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131, it is free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.

“In this two-hour workshop, you'll draft a plan to get your novel from first draft to finished manuscript. We'll break down the stages of revision and editing and look at how fear, avoidance, and pride are your worst enemies,” Meghan said. “I'll teach you how to know when to get help, where to find it, and what to expect from it. You'll leave with an editing schedule that starts with you and expands to include critique groups, professionals, and beta readers.” 

Meghan Pinson provides expert editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts. She launched My Two Cents Editing in 2009 as a full-time freelance copyeditor and has steadily expanded to help her clients move from first draft to faithful readerships. Now her small crew of literary specialists provides comprehensive manuscript critique and a full range of editing services: editorial assessment, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and post-editing cleanup. She leads writing and editing workshops and collaborates with her partner at Outrider Literary to guide authors through publication along indie, traditional, and hybrid paths.

Meghan is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the Missouri Writers Guild, the St. Louis Publishers Association, and Reedsy (where you can see her portfolio).

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Justin Wells tells writers how to land an agent at Jan. 6 workshop

Agent Justin Wells will join the group via Zoom technology. Alternately, Guild members can view the workshop from their own computers. Check the Member’s Room ( for details.

As an added bonus, Justin is offering a giveaway for those in attendance. Two winners will receive a 30-minute consultation at a later date to discuss their book and ask more personalized questions relating to their goals as a writer and about the writing industry.

Finding that one agent who is the right fit, and then trying to get them to take you on, can be tough. At the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Jan. 6 workshop, literary agent Justin Wells will discuss a lot of things that you need to know in order to land your dream agent, and maintain a healthy relationship with that agent once you do. 

The Landing an Agent (query letters, relationships, and more!)” workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Dogwood Room at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131. Free to Guild members, $5 for nonmembers.

Justin is a Literary Agent with the Corvisiero Literary Agency. He will be graduating with a B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. Justin loves being able to utilize his skills in public relations to assist the agency and his own clients through his work as a literary agent. His main focus is young adult, middle grade, and new adult, though he has been known to branch out and explore other books that catch his eye.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Guild honors young writers at Dec. 2 holiday gathering

Join a celebration honoring award-winning young writers at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s annual holiday gathering from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 2, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63131.

Find out how these fourth- through eighth-graders created stories that all began with the same sentence: “The book had no words….” Judging was based on originality, cohesiveness, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

It’s free to attend. All are encouraged to bring a dessert dish for sharing (the Lodge restricts catering to desserts only).

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