Qualities of Light

"A tender and lively coming-of-age tale told with delicate insight."
--Ann Bannon


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New!  Retainer Program

Get personalized help with your writing project

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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.  Now booking for summer and fall.

Summer Writing Retreat and Independent Study

at Madeline Island School of the Arts, Lake Superior

July 18-22 or July 25-29, 2016

Creative Process:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book and Take It to Publication

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>

Writing Workshop 

at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Saturday, July 16, 10:30-4:30

Writing Your Life:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop Your Memoir

Whether you are trying to write the story of your life for publication or as a family legacy, this workshop by the author of two memoirs will show you how to organize your stories into a readable, interesting work. You will be introduced to a simple formula that successful authors use to plan, organize, and write a book, and you will learn book-writing techniques such as what not to include, the value of themes, and how action and reflection must balance one another in memoir and creative nonfiction. Bring a bag lunch or take advantage of the coffeeshop in Open Book; we'll eat while we write and break as needed!  Find out more >




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