Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Pitch to publishers and hear from writing experts at March 6 online conference

 At the March 6 “Writers on Zoom” online conference, experts will offer “how-to” tips on research, characterization, poetry, memoirs and humor, as well as advice for portraying the Deaf culture and community. 

The daylong event is free to St. Louis Writers Guild members, though registration is required. The $20 fee for nonmembers includes access to recordings of the six workshops. Sign up using Eventbrite on stlwritersguild.org 

If you have questions you’d like the speakers to address, post them at least a week in advance to the St. Louis Writers Guild Facebook page or email SLWGInfo@gmail.com with MARCH 6 in the subject line.

Concurrently, the Guild will host pitching to publishers on March 6. Register in advance on Eventbrite for up to two five-minute pitch sessions with publishers, including North Star Editions, Owl Hollow Press, The Wild Rose Press and Coffee House Press. Pitches are $10 for SLWG members, $20 for nonmembers.

The online conference is part of our yearlong celebration of the Guild’s 100th Anniversary. Learn more about the speakers and their talks, as well as what genres the publishers are seeking at www.stlwritersguild.org under the Special Events tab, Writers on Zoom.



10 a.m. – BEYOND NAME, AGE, AND SIBLING NUMBER: Turning Your Pinocchios into Real Characters, Jody Feldman 

11 a.m. – TRUE-BIZ: Best approaches to portraying Deaf culture and community, Zack Jodlowski


1 p.m. – TIPS FOR MEMOIRISTS—Craft, Family, and How to Get Your Book in the World, Linda Joy Myers

2 p.m. –  WRITING LIKE MY HAND IS ON FIRE, Jane Ellen Ibur


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Learn How to Write Query Letters and Pitch Your Book to Literary Agents

Learn how to write query letters and pitch your book to literary agents and publishers during a free online workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 6, featuring authors Catherine Bakewell and Brad R. Cook.

You can find the Zoom address on the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Events page (www.stlwritersguild.org/events) or click here on Feb. 6 to join the meeting:


Meeting ID: 702 890 3800

Password: SLWG2021

Call in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago

Catherine Bakewell
will discuss the  “Five Steps to Having a Strong Query.”  

“Whether it's your first time sending a query or if you're tearing your hair out re-writing and re-querying for the thousandth time, this lesson is for you,” Catherine said. “I'll be going over the basic elements of a query and how to make them stand out. This talk is primarily for fiction writers querying literary agents, and especially for those authors querying YA or MG books.”

Brad R. Cook will share the “New Rules for Pitching.”

“The publishing world changed over the last year, and pitching was one of the biggest areas affected,” he said. “We'll discuss how to pitch your book online in 2021. Tips on where to find the agents and publishers, plus how to act and what to say when you get in front of them.” 

Catherine Bakewell is the author of We are the Song, a middle-grade fantasy novel to be released in Spring of 2022 by Holiday House. Catherine has lived in France and Spain, where she romped through gardens, ate pastries, and worked on her novels. She is represented by Jordan Hamessley of New Leaf Literary & Media. You can check out Catherine's blog about querying and find out about her editorial services at catherinebakewell.com.   

Brad R. Cook is the author of historical fantasy novels and award-winning short stories. He began as a playwright, dipped into the corporate writing world, and served as co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press. He currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. He learned to fence at thirteen, and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with a centuries’ old classic. https://www.bradrcook.com/

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org