New! Retainer Program
Get personalized help with your writing project
"My work has grown exponentially. Your comments were right on point." --past retainer client
Two months of private coaching with weekly check-ins by email, customized assignments, and evaluation of up to 250 d/s pages of your book-in-progress. Email Mary for details: mary (at) marycarrollmoore.com
Updated for 2016 with new material and exercises!
In-Person Writing Classes
at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
Thursday, March 23, 10:30-4:30
A fast-and-fun tour of the ten essential writing tools that professional writers never leave home without. Learn techniques for immediately improving your dialogue, story conflict, characters, characterization, pacing, camera angle, setting, and more. Bring new vibrancy to a not-quite-there-yet memoir, short story, or novel-in-progress, or spark ideas to start something new. Time-tested writing exercises, short readings, and discussion will help you upgrade your craft skills--and your writing. Find out more >
Friday, March 24, 10:30-4:30
Stories work in rules of three: your characters, their conflict, and a specific story "container." If you know the rules, you can combine them in special ways to create amazing alchemy in your fiction or creative nonfiction writing. But alchemy only happens with certain proportions of each element. Learn the techniques that bring alchemy to the page. Writing exercises, discussion, and a take-home template of the rule of three will give you immediately useful perspectives on your work. Open to writers working on (or beginning) short- or long-form fiction or memoir. Find out more >
Summer Writing Retreat and Independent Study
at Madeline Island School of the Arts, Lake Superior
July 18-22 or July 25-29, 2016
Spend a week with your book and Mary's expert coaching on a serene island off the Wisconsin coast in Lake Superior. Daily class time, plenty of writing time, one-to-one coaching on your book project at any stage. For those at intermediate and advanced levels, use the week for Independent Study with a customized program from Mary and daily checkins. Find out more>.
"How to bake a book: Start with a big love of words, add a generous helping of Mary Carroll Moore, mix with leavening from your peers, knead vigorously for twelve weeks, and voila! Your book has risen!"
-- Eric Utne, founder of Utne Reader