Qualities of Light

A tender and lively coming-of-age tale told with delicate insight.
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Writing Authentic, Amazing Dialogue for Fiction and Memoir

Dialogue makes or breaks your fiction and memoir. We'll analyze amazing dialogue by famous writers, then craft or refine our own using modeling techniques, weekly assignments, lively discussion, and feedback.  Find out more >

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

Learn and practice a simple template to find the best structure for your book--in any genre. Find out more >

Spring in-person classes
at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Afternoon Character Intensive, Thursday, March 28, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Characters are the heartbeat of story—whether imagined or real, they must come alive on the page. Author Marilynne Robinson says that great characters create an almost "emotional entanglement" with a reader. But how do you, as a writer, work with characters? Find out more >

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book! Friday, March 29, 10:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Learn and practice a simple template to find the best structure for your book—in any genre. Find out more >

at Grub Street, Boston

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book! Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Learn and practice a simple template to find the best structure for your book—in any genre. 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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at Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson

February 5–9, 2018

on Madeline Island, Lake Superior

July 30–August 3, 2018

October 15–19, 2018

 

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Give yourself—and your creativity—a week away, where you can focus on your book, have plenty of time to write, plus gain craft skills at your level through workshops and daily coaching sessions with Mary. Excellent accomodations, beautiful locations, where you can get quiet enough to hear your own words. For writers at any level with a book project in any genre.  Click on dates above to find out more.