Qualities of Light

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


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Winter online classes begin January 25 and February 8

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Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

Eight-week online class.  Learn to storyboard, with a simple template that many professional writers use to build a strong structure for a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book. Great for all stages, from writers just starting a book project to those with a work-in-progress. Via the storyboard, you'll immediately find which holes need filling, organize your research, and strengthen weak plots and character arcs. Find out more >

Fascinating and Flawed:  Creating Vivid Characters for Fiction or Memoir

Eight-week online class.  Weekly writing exercises to refine or develop a character in your story--real or imagined--and bring them more vividly onto the page.  Includes weekly feedback on writing in our great online community.  Find out more > 

Your Book Starts Here, Part 3:  Revision

Twelve-week online class.  Weekly workshopping of chapters in small work groups with feedback, lessons on revision topics (pacing, transitions, theme, and more). Complete manuscript draft required.  Find out more >

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January 23-27, 2016

Your Book Starts Here:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop Your Memoir, Novel, or Nonfiction Book

Break free of winter and enjoy a week in the sunshine at this top-rated dude ranch, learning craft skills and getting feedback on your book.  Plenty of time to write, plus three craft workshops and daily coaching sessions with Mary. Excellent accomodations with some of the best food in the Southwest.  Trail rides, hikes, and desert walks.  A great community and an ideal place to get quiet enough to hear your own words. For writers at any level with a book project in any genre.   Find out more>




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