Query Letter Workshop


A live 90-minute seminar to write a killer query letter, plus one-on-one feedback.
Monday, September 12
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern


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An online workshop to take the guesswork out of writing a query letter.

You’ve written your novel or memoir and now you’re ready to wow a literary agent. You know you need to write a killer query letter, but how do you do that? Hi! I’m Jackie Cangro. After working for nearly two decades in publishing at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, I wanted to create a workshop to demystify the process of writing a query letter. It can be challenging and frustrating because it has one purpose, and one purpose only: to get an agent to request your manuscript. This requires you to think about your book in a different way. Your book is a creative work of art, yes, but it is also a product to be sold.

In this 90-minute Zoom workshop, I’ll share…

  • the five essential elements every query letter should have
  • the secret to the all-important pitch paragraph
  • how to distill your 300-page manuscript into 400 words
  • dos and don’ts for finding comp titles
  • how to reduce overwhelm and build confidence as you send your work into the world

Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to receive direct one-on-one feedback. After the workshop, you’ll send me your query letter draft for one round of feedback via email. 

You spent months or years writing your book… 

make sure your query letter gets noticed! 

A live 90-minute Zoom seminar to write a killer query letter,
plus one-on-one feedback. Space is limited.


Monday, September 12
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

This workshop is for you if…

  • you have a completed or nearly completed draft.
  • you write fiction or memoir.
  • you want your book to be published by a traditional publisher.
  • you’re ready to put on your “business hat.”

This workshop isn’t for you if…

  • you just started writing your book.
  • you’re writing a collection of short stories or essays.
  • you’re writing articles or scientific papers.
  • you’d prefer to self-publish your book.

Have questions? I’m just an email away!

A bit about me…

Jacquelin Cangro is an experienced freelance writer, editor, and workshop leader. For more than twenty years, she worked for Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster. Jackie is the editor of the essay collection The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York (Plume). Her short stories and articles have been published in many literary journals and magazines. She helps writers craft their work through classes, one-on-one editing, and coaching. Read more here… 

The Fine Print: Taking this workshop doesn’t guarantee agent representation or a publishing contract. I’m unable to refer or recommend literary agents, publishers or editors. For privacy reasons, the sessions will not be recorded. One round of feedback includes detailed notes within your query letter document. Additional reviews or comments would be an additional fee. There are no refunds. If you are unable to attend, we can reschedule for the next available workshop.

Additional information

Thursday, May 19

12:30-2:00 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, June 7

6:00-7:30 p.m. Eastern

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