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Online: First Lines Critique Group: Query Letter or Proposal

October 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Online: First Lines Critique Group: Query Letter or Proposal

Presented by Salem and Portland WW Chapters. All are welcome!

Making a good first impression and showing the agent or editor what they can expect as they read on is important. If you’re struggling to polish the first few lines of your query letter or proposal, maybe we can help.

One of the most popular Salem Chapter meetings is when we meet together as a large critique group.

We need volunteers to send us the first few lines of your query letter or proposal. Also tell us your name, what type of work it represents, and a two line synopsis of the work. Send it to salem@willamettewriters.org

During the meeting, we will read this information, and the first lines, and then give the audience two minutes to type their evaluation in the chat. (We will later copy and send the evaluations to the authors.) There’s a chance we won’t get to all of the submissions, but we’ll do our best.

While we will encourage constructive feedback to help the authors refine their lines and people certainly might praise the authors’ work, please be aware that when submitting, you will read critiques and be prepared for that. Authors should also understand that it will not be a forum for them to respond to, or debate, criticism. As authors, it’s important to listen to reactions and to be open to editing and rewrites. This should be a great opportunity to polish the first few lines of your query letter or proposal! Of course, ultimately, it’s your vision and creativity so you can choose to utilize it disregard feedback! We want to foster a fun, supportive and helpful environment.

We will be meeting online on Tuesday, October 5th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PST


How to join

Click the registration link below, enter your name and email address, and you will receive the meeting link immediately. You will also be able to add the meeting to your calendar.

Register in advance for the October 5 Salem/Portland Chapter meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Willamette Writers chapter meetings are free for members to attend, and we ask for a $5 donation from guests:https://willamettewriters.org/donations/.

For information on how to become a Willamette Writers member, click here:https://willamettewriters.org/register/individual/



October 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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