Qualities of Light

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


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New!  Retainer Program

Get personalized help with your writing project

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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

NEW! Winter Writing Retreat and Independent Study

with MISA West, Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson

January 18-22, 2016

Your Book Starts Here:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book

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>

Winter Online Classes 

with the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

starts January 25

Your Book Starts Here:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book

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 >

Starts February 1

Story in Progress:  A Workshopping Class for Fiction or Memoir Writers--online class 

Intermediate and advanced fiction and memoir writers will gather to serve up their first pages, opening chapter, and random selections of their project, short or long, exposing not-quite-working-yet characters, dialogue, setting, for workshopping and fixing. The goal is to leave you with ah-ha! moments about what to do next and renewed excitement in your writing.  Find out more >




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