AW authors! Sharing this here in hopes that some of you might live in the Bay Area and want to join us for a few energetic, fun hours in Oakland and get your submission materials into top shape. We have room for 15 people, so sign up quickly.

9/24: Writers, Make Your Query Letter and First Pages Pop: All About Voice

Session: Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Impact Hub Oakland, Meridian Room

Agents and editors want to discover authors who write with a "fresh voice." But what does that actually mean, and how do you add that secret ingredient to your query letter and manuscript?

Grab the attention of your readers and industry pros. Sarah Cypher, a top independent editor, and Kate Gray, writing coach and author of the acclaimed novel Carry the Sky, will show you what makes good query letters and first pages pop. In this energetic, interactive workshop, you'll develop your query letter with tools we offer and identify your distinct voice: the sound that sets you apart from the rest.

Your entry fee of $125 includes light refreshments, a resource packet, and copies of the instructors' books.

Limited to 15 participants. Event website and tickets available via Eventbrite.

Kate Gray's passion is being a teacher, a writing coach, and a volunteer writing facilitator with women inmates and women veterans. She is the author of three poetry collections, and her first novel, Carry the Sky (Forest Avenue, 2014), stares down bullying without blinking. In Any More, Black Shoe, her novel-in-progress set in 1953, Sylvia Plath and Maureen Buckley, the younger sister of William F. Buckley, Jr., step into and out of roles prescribed by race, class, gender and religion.

Sarah Cypher has edited New York Times bestsellers and helped clients on their way to deals with Big Five publishers, foreign publishers, and production companies. Self-published clients have generously funded their books on Kickstarter, and earned a monthly income from their sales. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, Phi Beta Kappa, from Carnegie Mellon University, and her own writing has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Oregonian, Fodor's,, and Publishers Weekly. By being a working writer *and* editor, she offers a savvy look at query letters, concept development, and marketability. Her book is The Editor's Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists.