1. How will this class get me writing?

The Writer’s Boot Camp will teach you how to pull together a query letter for agents in three hours.  After the class is over we will follow up and cheer you on by offering a cocktail party a month after class where the price of admission is your finished query letter.  


2. What are the goals of this class?

The goals of this class are to help you develop a query letter for literary agents.  A query letter is a one to two page letter THAT introduces your fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or poetry manuscript to literary agents.  It also offers a peek into the structure of your project and what makes you qualified to write a book. 


3. Do I need to have written the book already?

No.  This class is designed for anyone – the beginning, mid-level, and advanced writer – who has even thought about writing a book. This class is designed to get you started introducing your manuscript to agents.  Or just help you focus your project.   


4. Who teaches this class?

Kelly Wallace in Portland, Oregon (West) and Mary Beth Coudal in New York City (East). 

Kelly Wallace is a thirty-something small business owner and writer living in Portland, OR.  She is currently a Hawthorne Fellow at The Attic Writing Institute in Portland, OR where Cheryl Strayed, David Biespiel, and Jennifer Lauck teach.  She is a Member of the Pinewood Table writer’s group led by Stevan Allred and Joanna Rose. 

Mary Beth Coudal is an award-winning journalist, blogger, and copywriter. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, and Self magazine. Her ads have appeared in USA Today and Sojourners. She’s a frequent guest writer/teacher in New York City public and private schools.


5. How many students will there be in a class?

Class size is limited to fourteen in Portland and New York City. 


6. How much does the class cost?

$59 for both the New York City and Portland classes.  Here’s what you’ll get:

a supportive environment with step by step materials, handouts, and our access to publishing and literary agent knowledge. 


7. What should I bring to class? 

A pad of paper and pen or pencil if you prefer to write in longhand.  Or a laptop, IPad, or Tablet if you prefer using a computer. 

We will supply snacks/refreshments.


8. I have already written something and I need feedback – can Kelly or Mary Beth critique my work one-on-one?

Both Kelly and Mary Beth are open to providing feedback on your work.  We are available for a minimum of two hours and rates are $55 per hour.  Feedback on your work can be done in person, by phone, email, Google Hangout or Skype.


9. Do you offer any financial aid or payment plans?

We do not offer any financial aid or payment plans but can point you to other more affordable options.  Just ask.


10.  What’s your cancellation policy?

As part of our efforts to maintain small class sizes, we request a commitment to the space reserved for you upon registration. Thus, if you need to cancel or transfer a workshop for any reason, the following refund schedule applies.

Two to four weeks before class start:
100% refund available

One week before class start:
50% refund available

48 hours or less before class start:
No refunds available

If you have any questions or concerns about the policy, please feel free to contact us.