Qualities of Light

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


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New!  Retainer Program

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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.  Now booking for summer and fall.

NEW! Summer Online Writing Classes 

sponsored by the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Starts June 8 for eight weeks

Fascinating and Flawed:  Creating Vivid Characters in Fiction and Memoir

Characters (real or imagined) can make or break a story.  Eight techniques, one lesson per week, to bring one or more of your characters alive on the page.  Includes weekly workshopping of sections of your fiction or memoir writing, a great online community of fellow writers, and expert feedback. Find out more >

Starts June 8 for eight weeks

The Art of Theme and Voice in Fiction and Memoir

Every writer craves authentic voice and strong themes--two elements that make writing stand out.  Both voice and theme reveal emotional truth, linking writer and reader in an important way.  But are these organically grown elements of writing?  Or can they be developed?  Learn techniques to find, clarify, and strengthen theme and voice in your writing.  Great for those in revision stage.  Weekly feedback and lessons.  Find out more >

Starts June 8 for eight weeks

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

A condensed, summer version of Mary's popular online class.  Take your book idea or manuscript at any stage and learn to build a strong structure to support your story.  Weekly lessons, great online community of other book-writers, feedback at your level of experience.  Find out more >


Summer Writing Retreat and Independent Study

at Madeline Island School of the Arts, Lake Superior

July 18-22 or July 25-29, 2016

Creative Process:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book and Take It to Publication

Spend a week with your book and Mary's expert coaching on a serene island off the Wisconsin coast in Lake Superior.  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>





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