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Steps to Landing a Literary Agent or Book Contract

with Phil Martin 

Saturday, Dec 9

(Registration Deadline: Mon, Dec 4)

When faced with approaching agents and editors—in person or virtually—many writers get paralyzed. Is my work ready? What should I say? Where do I begin? This interactive workshop will help emerging novelists (or nonfiction book authors) develop a successful plan to increase confidence and win over a literary agent or acquisitions editor.

The workshop will cover:

1) developing a strategic checklist to manage the process

2) finding and approaching the right agents or editors

3) preparing the query, the synopsis and the pitch

4) following up in a professional manner

9:30 am – noon

Red Oak Writing ~ 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis


$45 (students & current Roundtable participants)


To register, complete form & send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127

kim@redoakwriting or 414-881-7276 for info


Philip Martin, director of Great Lakes Literary and Crickhollow & Crispin Books, is experienced in all aspects of publishing fiction and nonfiction book projects. Phil is a past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books (affiliated with The Writer magazine), where he worked with many prominent authors, agents, and editors, and managed The Writer’s Handbook annual directory. He has also developed books that have won national indie-press awards. In addition, he is lead instructor for the annual Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp, an intensive week-long novel-writing retreat, May 20-26, 2018, in the West Bend area ( www.NovelBookcamp.com ).

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Writing Your College Application Essay (Online Class)

Rise to the Top

GPA’s, AP’s, ACT’s & SAT’s: this is the alphabet soup that will help you get into the college of your dreams, but what about that personal essay? Even the strongest of writers can get hung up on what to write about and how to approach this part of the application.

This online class will take students from idea generation to first draft. Included in the fee is individualized feedback on one essay (up to 650 words or about 2.5 pages double-spaced, 12-pt font).

Fee: $50 (includes 5 online modules and 1 essay critique)

Dates: The class may begin at any time. Students will have access to the online resources for 4 weeks. The essay must be submitted (as a Word Doc or via Googledocs) by the end of the 4th week.                                               No extensions!  Subsequent essays may be submitted at a discounted rate.

To Register: Complete the Registration Form

and send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127 


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*The class uses the Haiku Learning platform. Here is a link to their browser requirements. You will also need an up-to-date version of Flashplayer or the equivalent to listen to the podcasts. The platform is straightforward and should be accessible for most every student.

Director of Red Oak Writing, Kim Suhr, is a former high school English teacher who has helped many young people craft college application and scholarship essays that got results. Her students have been accepted to schools such as Macalester, Duke, and Cal Poly Pamona, to name a few.

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