The Business Side of Writing,
with Paula Castner, Dale T. Philips, and Ursula Wong

Saturday, February 20, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts


Three mini-workshops provide opportunity for writers to learn about the business side of writing: writing query letters versus cover letters, how to write pitches – both elevator and longer, and learning what you need to know about literary agents. Participants may attend a single workshop or all three.

The schedule for the workshops will be:

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Cover and Query Letters which will cover the difference and similarities between the two; when to write which; what to include and what not to include; samples of effective letters, and time to practice.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Writing Pitches which will cover the “elevator pitch” or one sentence “logline”; the one paragraph book summary pitch; and the longer two paragraph literary agent pitch, with examples of effective pitches and practice time.

12:45 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.: Finding Literary Agents which will cover: Do you need them?; Do you have what they want?; What they will do for you; What you need to know- contracts and binding agreements; and how to find an agent that’s right for you.


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Paula Castner is the Chief Operating Officer for Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative as well as a freelance writer, playwright, drama director, writing workshop facilitator, baking coach, and professional administrator. Though she received her certification for writing children’s literature, she writes in multiple genres. Her pieces have been published in a variety of venues, from parenting magazines, to newspapers, to online magazines, and have claimed first prize in several writing contests. Her play, A Fairy Tale Life? A Musical, with music by Canadian folk artist, Nancy Beaudette, was performed in Lancaster, Massachusetts. She is currently working on her second musical, Museum Follies, set in an art museum. Her long term writing project is a fictionalized account of a historical court case about a slave girl from Holden, MA. She currently works as the Language Arts director for the Art of Problem Solving Academy in Waltham. Emails to her may be sent to

Dale Phillips has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over 70 short stories. Stephen King was Dale’s college writing teacher, and since that time, Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, in an independent feature film, and compete on Jeopardy (losing in a spectacular fashion). He co-wrote and acted in a short political satire film. He’s traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe.

 Ursula Wong writes gripping stories about strong women who battle impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, Mystery Reader’s Journal, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies. Her Amber War series chronicles the relationship between Russia and her European neighbors, beginning with the Soviet occupation of Lithuania during WWII and bringing it into modern day. When Ursula isn’t writing, she’s traveling with her husband Steve. She has been on the SBWC board since 2016 and receives email at For more information about Ursula and her books, visit


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