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
Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
Saturday, September 26, 10:30-4:30 p.m.
Good dialogue is a mark of an experienced writer. But writing dialogue is much more than copying the spoken word onto the page. Learn the three basic rules for great dialogue in fiction and memoir. We'll explore how what we don't say speaks louder than what we do say, and why gestures, body sensations, and surrounding "container" (setting) in a scene works hand-in-hand with dialogue. Find out more>
NEW! Winter Writing Retreat and Independent Study
with MISA West, Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson
January 18-22, 2016
Get away from winter chill! Spend a week with your book and Mary's expert coaching at this beautiful resort in the Rincon Mountains. 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>.
Fall Online Classes
with the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
starts September 21
Get to know your book—what it is about, how to structure it, and how to plan to finish it! You’ll learn a step-by-step plan, including flexible timelines, chapter grids, storyboarding, and other techniques. You’ll look at ways to flow chapters, find holes in your material that need filling, organize research and concepts, construct plots, and bring your book into manifestation. You’ll also learn what editors and agents look for and gain essential tips on editing and evaluating your book in all its stages. Designed for writers who have a book concept or work in progress—be it a nonfiction book, a memoir, or a novel—or for any writer who needs a fresh look at his or her material. 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