Qualities of Light

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


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         The Latest


One-Day Workshop 

at Grub Street Writing School, Boston

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 - 5

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book

Spend a lively two days exploring your book--and how to finally get it written and published.  Hands-on workshop covers the ins and outs of book structuring in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, memoir) via storyboarding, writing in "islands," getting to know your ideal reader, premise statements, right-brain storyboards (image maps), and much more.  Find out why past attendees have called this "the best writing workshop I've ever been to!"  Find out more >

Online Class 

with the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

starts June 7

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 >

July 20 week already sold out!  Other weeks still open!

Madeline Island Summer Writing Retreat

July 20-24 or July 27-31 or September 21-25, 2015

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book:  Taking Your Book to Publication

A week-long workshop/retreat to help you take your memoir, novel, or nonfiction book from idea to manuscript to publication.  Daily classroom lessons on writing and book-structuring plus plenty of one-to-one work with Mary has made this event a summer favorite for many returning writers. 

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"How to bake a book:  Start with a big love of words, add a generous helping of Mary Carroll Moore, mix with leavening from your peers, knead vigorously for twelve weeks, and voila!  Your book has risen!" 

                                    -- Eric Utne, founder of Utne Reader