Writing Intensive: The Path to Publication

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Writing Intensive: The Path to Publication

Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2023

Hollins campus

Erin Clyburn, Instructor

You’ve spent months (or even years!) writing and editing your novel, workshopping and rereading and editing again, and you are ready to seek traditional publication. Literary agent Erin Clyburn will cover the steps to take your work from manuscript to book: crafting a query letter, learning what comp titles are, researching agents to query, writing a synopsis, making sure your first page shines, learning about the market, seeing what your agent relationship might look like, and working on your platform (and knowing if you need one at all).

This intensive is intended for authors of novel-length works (chapter books, middle grade, and young adult) who have completed or near-completed manuscripts and are preparing to seek traditional publication. The goal is to finish the week with a polished query package and an understanding of how to seek out the right agent for your work.

Visit the children’s literature workshops webpage for details on registration, fees, housing, and meals. For further information, contact Cathy Koon, graduate programs manager, at

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Writing Intensive: The Path to Publication
  • 7916 Williamson Road
  • Roanoke, VA 24019
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  • Hollins University
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