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

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Winter remote workshops on Zoom

sponsored by the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Strange Alchemy:  How People, Place, and Conflict Intertwine in Fiction and Memoir

(Saturday, January 30, 12:00 -5:00 p.m.)

Story engages readers most when its place, people, and conflict create a certain alchemy.  Via twists and turns, anticipated but not expected, the right combination of these three crucial elements allow us to enter the dream that John Gardner wrote about.  But how do you create this magic in your own writing? Find out more> 

sponsored by Madeline Island School of the Arts

Weeklong Storyboarding Intensive: Your Book Starts Here

(February 8-12)

Five days of immersion in your book--with expert coaching and a small online community of fellow book writers to guide and support you.  Includes daily morning craft workshops, plenty of writing time, and private coaching with Mary.  For writers building a book at any stage, in any genre.Find out more> 

sponsored by Grub Street, Boston

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

(Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Bring your book idea, draft, or revision in need of inspiration and ideas to this fast-paced one-day storyboarding session. Storyboards are top tools for both brainstorming at the gathering stage of a book and fine-tuning drafts or revisions. For writers working on a book in any genre at any stage. Find out more> 

sponsored by the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

(Saturday, March 20, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Bring your book idea, draft, or revision in need of inspiration and ideas to this fast-paced one-day storyboarding session. Storyboards are top tools for both brainstorming at the gathering stage of a book and fine-tuning drafts or revisions. For writers working on a book in any genre at any stage. Find out more> 

sponsored by the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Bring Your Characters to Life on the Page

(Saturday, April 24, 12:00 -5:00 p.m.)

Audition the most compelling cast for your fiction or memoir, then free them from any conscious or unconscious paralysis (safe, stuck places), via in-class exercises, craft lessons, and sample reading.  We'll explore key character-building skills such as longing and desire, external and internal motivation, physical appearance, and more Find out more> 

 

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