Qualities of Light

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


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Madeline Island Summer Writing Retreat

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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One-Day Workshop

Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Saturday, July 25, 10:30-4:30 p.m.

The Art of Theme and Voice in Fiction and Memoir

Through readings, writing exercises, and critique, we'll learn the difference between narrative voice and character voice, how themes emerge in a piece of fiction or memoir, ways to thread these themes for greatest impact, and how voice and theme weave together. Find out more>

Fall Online Classes 

with the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

starts September 21

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 >



"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