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Corvallis: “The Art of the Submission” with Laura Stanfill

July 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press

On Monday, July 24, 2017, 6:30–8:30 PM, Willamette Writers on the River (WWotR) in Corvallis will host Laura Stanfill who will present “The Art of the Submission.”

The Art of the Submission

Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue PressQuery letters are key to earning the attention of publishers and agents. A poorly written letter, or a manuscript that doesn’t start in the right place, can cause editors and agents to pass before reading any pages. Laura Stanfill, publisher of Portland’s Forest Avenue Press, will discuss some not-so-obvious red flags that can sabotage your submission, how important taste is when it comes to acquisitions, how to research your intended recipient’s wish list to maximize your potential success, and some common first-page blunders. She has been reviewing unagented submissions since 2013 and will pull anonymous examples from the slush pile to illustrate her points. Audience members may volunteer to share their queries for on-the-fly, gentle critiques. Laura will also share some cautionary tales about what not to do on social media and in person when approaching a literary gatekeeper.

About Our Speaker – Laura Stanfill

Laura Stanfill is a novelist, a journalist and the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, which celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2017. She launched the Main Street Writers Movement in February to urge writers to build community at the local level as a way to strengthen the national literary ecosystem. She serves on the PubWest Board of Directors and the Atelier26 advisory board.

Willamette Writers on the River (willamettewriters.org/wwotr) is the Corvallis Chapter of Willamette Writers. This event is FREE to members and full-time students. Guests of members pay $5; visitors pay $10, no one is turned away.

This program is not endorsed or sponsored by First Presbyterian Church.

Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed.

Interested? Join us! All writers welcome.

Click here to learn more about Willamette Writers on the River (WWotR) in Corvallis.


July 24, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Allison Room
114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States


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