I will be at the Hudson Children's Book Fest, Saturday, May 4th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hudson, NY. For more information.
I will be at the Teen Book Fest on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rochester, NY. For more information.
Saturday, June 22, 1-3PM, RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA - I will be at the Rancho Santa Margarita Library for a meet-and-greet with west coast readers. There will be books for sale, thanks to Mystery Ink Bookstore in Huntington Beach. I'll chat about all-things-writing and answer all of your questions. If you have books you'd like me to sign, please bring them.
New Workshop Opportunities:
1, 2, or 3-day Advanced Creative Writing Intensive in Marblehead, MA
(Attend one, two, or all three class sessions)
Dates: Saturdays, July 13, 20, and 27
Time: 10AM - 1PM
Cost: $100 for each 3-hour class session or $250 for all three class sessions (snacks provided - please let me know of any food allergies)
Location: Marblehead, MA 01945
Please note: I reserve the right to cancel class sessions due to low enrollment.
To Sign Up: Please e-mail me at email@example.com
Don't know what happens next? Need a little momentum for your current work-in-progress? Or starting something brand new?
In this three-session course, we will:
1. strive to find the path to finishing your work-in-progress (be it a novel, novella, or short story),
2. workshop some of your pages to help you figure out what happens next,
3. look at the "big picture" of your stories, particularly with respect to structure,
4. do freewriting exercises that explore and examine plot, character development, theme, setting, dialogue, voice, and revision,
5. look to the work of published writers to explore varied techniques,
6. practice varied tools for revision,
7. and discuss the components needed to finish and market your work.
At least one week prior to the workshop: Please submit up to five pages - double-spaced 12-point font, standard margins - via email (to firstname.lastname@example.org). The pages can be from something you've been working on for a while or from something completely new. Unless I specifically hear otherwise from you, these pages will be distributed to the other workshop attendees, via e-mail, for workshop critique. Be sure to put your name and page numbers on the submission.
Workshop Critique: I will e-mail you the other attendees' submissions at least a week prior to the workshop. Once you receive them, please print them out, read and make notes on them, write your name at the top, and come to the workshop ready to discuss. You will then return your critiques to the author. I will also give you my detailed notes.
Workshop Guidelines: The goal of the workshop critique is to offer and receive constructive feedback in a safe and supportive environment. So often, as writers, we get so close to our work that it's difficult to get perspective. By reading and offering feedback, not only do we become better writers (and also more careful readers), but we can also help each other through writing glitches.
ANYTIME ONLINE CREATIVE WRITING OPTION
I will send you, via e-mail, a 26-page packet of information and exercises for character-building, plot structure, dialogue, point-of-view, revision, and more. In addition, You can submit up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, standard margins) of writing for my editorial notes. I will critique the pages, addressing any issues, including but not limited to plot, character development, syntax, grammar, and dialogue. I will point out what I believe works and offer some advice for an overall direction.
After I give notes, I will be available via e-mail for follow up if you have questions.
This class is available now. I will take up to ten students at a time and get back to you within one week of payment.
To sign up, please e-mail me: email@example.com
Congratulations to Carmelita, Tia, Amber, and Ronette, winners of the "Deadly Little Lessons Karma Chameleon Good Karma" contest! Go read their entries here.
Congratulations to Ingrid M., Carlie S., and Courtney P., the grand prize winners of the Deadly Little Voices release contest! Thanks to everyone who entered. Now, go check out the LOVE FOR THE TOUCH SERIES page to see some of the amazing entries!
Bookplates now available! Bookplates are sticker-like labels that I will personally address to you and sign. It's meant for you to adhere to the inside of your book – the next best thing to an autographed copy. If you'd like one of these, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Attn. Laurie Faria Stolarz
c/o Llewellyn Worldwide Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125-2989