Qualities of Light

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


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One-day workshop where you can get personalized help and coaching as you learn to storyboard your book idea into a strong structure and flow.  This simple technique is used by many professional writers to create novels, memoirs, or nonfiction books. 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 >

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

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February 5-9, 2018

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