Qualities of Light

"A tender and lively coming-of-age tale told with delicate insight."
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         The Latest

One-Day Workshop 

at Grub Street Writing School, Boston

Saturday, March 29, 10 - 5

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book

Spend a lively two days exploring your book--and how to finally get it written and published.  Hands-on workshop covers the ins and outs of book structuring in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, memoir) via storyboarding, writing in "islands," getting to know your ideal reader, premise statements, right-brain storyboards (image maps), and much more.  Find out why past attendees have called this "the best writing workshop I've ever been to!"  Find out more >

Madeline Island Summer Writing Retreat

July 14-18 or July 21-25

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book:  Taking Your Book to Publication

A week-long workshop/retreat to help you take your memoir, novel, or nonfiction book from idea to manuscript to publication.  Daily classroom lessons on writing and book-structuring plus plenty of one-to-one work with Mary has made this event a summer favorite for many returning writers. 

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Twelve-Week Online Classes

sponsored by Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

starts the weeks of June 2 and June 9, 2014

Your Book Starts Here

Take your manuscript from seed idea to final revision, ready for publication, in this three-part online class.  Meets for 12 weeks in asynchronous classroom (you can log on anytime) with weekly lessons, discussion forums, sharing of work, audio/video clips, and inistructor feedback.  Three levels to suit you where you are in your book journey.

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NEW!  Twelve-Week Online Class

sponsored by Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

starts the week of June 9, 2014

Strange Alchemy:  How Place, People, and Conflict Intertwine in Fiction and Memoir

Good story engages readers because place, people, and conflict are not haphazard. They are aligned to create a certain alchemy. In this class you’ll learn how the three elements of place, people, and conflict must work together to make memoir and fiction writing come alive.  Enough dilemma--or too much?  Power positions of players working--or not?  Does setting lend emotion--or is it flat?  24/7 access to classroom, weekly lessons and exercises, lots of feedbackFind out more >

 

NEW!  One-Day Workshop

at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Saturday, July 19, 10:30-4:40

The Art of Voice and Theme in Fiction and Memoir

Every writer craves an authentic voice and strong themes --two key elements that make writing stand out.  But how does a writer identify his or her unique voice, develop it, and use it craft themes that matter?  Find out more >

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"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

 

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