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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Eight weeks 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.  Sold out for summer, but still one spot open for fall..

All new material!  Writing Workshop 

at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Saturday, July 23, 10:30-4:30

Writing Your Life:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop Your Memoir

Learn about the "frames and edges" of your story, what to include and what not, how best to begin, how to weave in multiple storylines, and much more.  Whether you are trying to write the story of your life for publication or as a family legacy, this workshop by the author of two memoirs will show you how to organize your stories into a readable, interesting work. Bring a bag lunch or take advantage of the coffeeshop in Open Book; we'll eat while we write and break as needed!  Find out more >


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Independent Study with Personal Coaching from Mary

at Madeline Island School of the Arts, Lake Superior

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 plenty of time to write, with three optional workshops you can attend and Mary's expert coaching each day.  This serene island off the Wisconsin coast in Lake Superior is an ideal place to get quiet enough to hear your own words. For those at intermediate and advanced levels.  Includes 30 pages of your work critiqued by Mary.   Find out more>




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