Qualities of Light

A heartfelt story of family, friendship, and against all odds, budding love.

--Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing

Moore traces the contours of shadow without ever letting us forget the transformative

power of light.

--Kaethe Schwehn, author of The Rending and the Nest


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New edition of Mary's PEN-award-nominated novel, Qualities of Light!

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sponsored by the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

(Saturday, April 23, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Learn a simple template that many professional writers use to build a strong structure of a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book--storyboard brainstorming.  Via the storyboard, you'll immediately find which holes need filling, organize your research, and strengthen weak plots and character arcs.  You'll also get to know what your book is really about and what to include and what to leave out (you may have more than one book here!).  This one-day class is an immersion into a practical took that can turn a writer into an author. Find out more>