Authors Huda Al-Marashi and Laura Maylene Walter share their experiences searching for, signing with, and working with their literary agents, all while offering practical tips for writers currently on the agent hunt. With years of querying experience between them, Huda and Laura will discuss the challenges of finding an agent in today’s publishing landscape, why having an agent is important (or why it might not be), querying etiquette, and what writers can expect from the agent-author relationship. Optional: Attendees may bring a hard copy of their query letter (limited to one page) for the chance to workshop, time permitting. Queries will be chosen for discussion via random lottery.
Huda Al-Marashi is the author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a memoir the Washington Post called "a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love." Her other writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, al Jazeera, the Rumpus, the VIDA Review and elsewhere. Huda has been awarded fellowships from Aspen Summer Words and Arts Cleveland, formerly the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Although Huda currently lives in San Diego with her husband and three children, she lived in Cleveland for several years and still considers it her literary hometown. Huda is represented by Myrsini Stephanides at the Carol Mann Agency.
Laura Maylene Walter’s writing has appeared in the Poets & Writers, Kenyon Review, the Sun, Ninth Letter, and many other publications. Her short story collection, Living Arrangements (BkMk Press), won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize. She has been a Yaddo Fellow, a Tin House Scholar, and a writer-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution and Art Omi. Laura holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University, works for Cleveland Public Library, is editor-in-chief of Gordon Square Review, and blogs for the Kenyon Review. She is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management.