Qualities of Light

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


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Fall online classes begin September 21

at www.loft.org (Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis)

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

Learn to storyboard, with a simple template that many professional writers use to build a strong structure for a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book. Great for all stages, from writers just starting a book project to those with a work-in-progress. Via the storyboard, you'll immediately find which holes need filling, organize your research, and strengthen weak plots and character arcs. Find out more >

Storyboarding workshops

Grub Street (Boston) and Loft Literary Center (Minneapolis)

Saturday, October 15, or Friday, October 21

Your Book Starts Here:  Learn to Storyboard Your Book!

A fun day to take your book idea and get hands-on instruction to begin a storyboard to brainstorm it or refine its structure.  Includes feedback and up-to-date information on publishing and next steps. 

Find out more >Grub Street, Boston, Saturday, October 15 

Find out more> Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

Friday, October 21

Limited to 15 writers--only a few spots left!

Week-long writing retreat at Tanque Verde Ranch, Tuscon

January 23-27, 2016

Your Book Starts Here:  How to Plan, Write, and Develop Your Memoir, Novel, or Nonfiction Book

Break free of winter and enjoy a week in the sunshine at this top-rated dude ranch, learning craft skills and getting feedback on your book.  Plenty of time to write, plus three craft workshops and daily coaching sessions with Mary. Excellent accomodations with some of the best food in the Southwest.  Trail rides, hikes, and desert walks.  A great community and an ideal place to get quiet enough to hear your own words. For writers at any level with a book project in any genre.   Find out more>




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