Literary agent Fiona Kenshole presented Saturday, February 7, 2015

Morning Lecture: What it Takes to Impress an Agent.

Find out what an agent does and how they work with writers to build and manage their careers, from first idea to movie deal. Get insider information on:

  • What an agent looks for.kenshole-fiona_color
  • Dos and don’ts of query letters. 
  • How to craft an “elevator pitch.” 


Afternoon Workshop: Strong Openings.

The first hurdle in attracting an agent is developing a strong opening to your manuscript. Exercises in voice and storytelling will help you craft your first pages to catch an agent’s attention.

  • Start in the right place
  • Set up strong characters
  • Help your plot take off
  • Find the heart of your book

Please bring pen and paper or laptop and one copy of the first page of your manuscript (optional).

Morning lecture: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Free to members, $10.00 visitors.
Afternoon workshop: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  $30.00 for members, $35.00 for guests ($40 for whole day)

Meetings held at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point, Oregon.

Fiona Kenshole is a literary agent with Transatlantic Agency in Portland. She spent twenty years as a senior publisher holding key positions in the UK, as Publishing Director at Oxford University Press Children’s Books, Deputy Managing Director of Hodder Children’s Books and Editorial Director at HarperCollins. Fiona was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards.


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  1 comment for “Literary agent Fiona Kenshole presented Saturday, February 7, 2015

  1. Dorene J. Stamper
    February 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Dear Ms. Kenshole,

    Fortunately I accidentally ran upon the Willamette Writers website, and then found the Southern Oregon chapter. It was upsetting to find that I had missed your class on Feb. 7th, held in Central Point, on “What it Takes to Impress an Agent’. Will you be holding it again in the near future? I could truly use all the help I can get.

    I have two working websites. The longest running one is Its purpose is not only to promote my novel, Jeanetta Lynn Parker and The Birth of a Nation, but also designed to educate the public regarding America, so they will appreciate, and know her better. The second website is, which only promotes my writings.

    I would prefer to have an agent instead of self-publishing. However, I’ve placed some of my short stories on line through Smashword. I did this in hopes of possibly drawing the attention of a publisher. If this could happen, I don’t know. But one could but hope.

    Integrity Productions, Incorporated, May 1, 1993, had picked up a booklet I wrote titled ‘Lost & Found’. Its purpose was to help parents teach their children to be safe, without traumatizing them in the process. However, Integrity Productions, Inc. went out of business before the booklet was successfully promoted and sold to the public.

    Starting in 2005, I was a news reporter for Southern Oregon, owned and operated by Mr. Dennis M. Becklin. It was an online publication, and to date some of my stories can still be found online. Mr. Becklin retired, and so did his publication.

    I’ve been writing since the age of 17, and love it. I’m on LinkedIn, and I have a FB page. What I need is an agent. lol So if you are going to give your class again on how to secure one, please, let me know.

    My phone number is 541-855-6727, or please email me at Thank you for your time in reading this, and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Sincerely, Ms. Stamper

    Dorene J. Stamper

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