Finding the Right Agent With Yi Shun Lai and Tiffany Hawk

In this brief virtual residency, you will learn all about targeting the right agent for your work. These seasoned instructors will cover everything from research methodologies to testing your first pages and query letters. Over the course of two days Yi Shun and Tiffany will put their experience and talents to work in helping students to workshop their query letters. Within that time, students will participate in three zoom lectures, engage in multiple breakout rooms and complete several projects. Here are the elements of each day.

Saturday: Finding and querying an agent

  • Your book’s innate, unique qualities
  • Comp titles
  • Web tools to find agents
  • What you’re looking for once you ID some agents

Sunday: Query letter workshop

  • Components of a great query letter
  • Personalization
  • Writing an awesome hook
  • Revision

Our Virtual Residency: Finding the Right Agent with Yi Shun Lai and Tiffany Hawk is Saturday and Sunday, October 17–18, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom. To learn more and register, visit our website at

Meet Your Instructors
Yi Shun Lai (say "yeeshun" for her first name) lives in Southern California. Her debut novel, "Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu" was a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her memoir "Pin Ups" will be published in September 2020 by Homebound Publications. She teaches in the MFA programs at Bay Path and Southern New Hampshire Universities

Tiffany Hawk is a former flight attendant with an MFA from UC Riverside. Her debut novel, "Love Me Anyway", was published by St. Martin’s Press. Her stories have appeared in such places as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, StoryQuarterly, GQ, National Geographic Traveler and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She currently lives in Tucson and works as a freelance editor and private writing coach.

About the Piper Writers Studio
The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for and open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
$25 and More
Tempe campus
Jake Friedman