Learn how to get published in From Pitch to Publication. In this course, Kathryn Aalto teaches step-by-step the skills to write an engaging query letter to hook the attention of acquisition editors.

It is an obvious thing to say, but every published writer was once unpublished. To get over the ‘castle wall’ of publication, writers must pitch their ideas in the form of query letters to acquisition editors at magazines, newspapers, journals, film studios, and publishing houses. Query letters are short and important propositions.  They sell your story idea to a busy editor.

The problem is that query letters can be frustrating little beasties to the anxious writer. They are hard to wrestle and they are hard to get right. Compounding this is the pressure that you only have one shot with an editor. Your query must grab the editor’s attention and make a quick and compelling impression. You want to write it in such a way that an acquisitions editor keeps saying yes as they read each paragraph. You don’t want to give them any reason to say no.

Each class in From Pitch to Publication includes lectures, discussions, and writing workshops. Kathryn draws upon her own publishing experiences to provide concrete query examples. This course is divided into two sessions of three weeks. In each session, you will have the opportunity for one essay and one query letter to be workshopped. In two intervening weeks between sessions, students send their queries to publishers and then share their responses with the class.

We will study different styles of pitches and practice writing them in class. Kathryn provides detailed feedback on your writing as well as people in your writing workshop.  The aim is to submit work and, finger’s crossed, receive an email that opens,  “Congratulations, we want to published your work.”


  • £275 per person
  • Thursdays 7-9 PM GMT
  • Dates: Jan 5/12/19 and Feb 9/16/23 2023


  • Learn essential skills to write great pitches to magazines and journals
  • Research publications to understand house style, submission guidelines, and publication histories
  • Revise and workshop two essays
  • Network with other writers in a hivemind to build community


Kathryn Aalto’s teaching philosophy is focused on encouraging a uniquely personal exploration of creative nonfiction. Kathryn believes teaching is about responding to each student, whether they are emerging writers or writing beyond the level of content mastery. She creates a supportive learning environment that fosters creative expression, critical thinking, and individual artistic growth.


Kathryn is a passionate practitioner and teacher of narrative or creative nonfiction.  For more than twenty-five years, she has taught writing and literature courses at colleges and universities including Western Washington University, Everett Community College, and Plymouth University. I have a global mentoring practice, thriving online writing courses, and lead in-person retreats, courses, and workshops in addition to maintaining my writing and landscape design practice.