APPEARANCES

Hudson, NY
I will be at the Hudson Children's Book Fest, Hudson, NY, on Saturday, May 6th from 10-4. Come see me!

Salem, MA
I will be at Jodi Bee Cakes, Salem, MA, on Sunday, May 21st at 2PM, discussing the Touch Series with their book group and eating Jodi's amazingly delicious vegan treats. Come eat and discuss with me. Bring your books and I'll sign them. There will also be books for sale. http://www.jodibeebakes.com

Salem, MA
I will be at the Salem Literary Festival, Salem, MA, on Saturday, June 17th. I'm not sure what my schedule is yet. You can check out the line-up so far here: http://salemlitfest.org

* Can't come to an event but still want a signed copy of one of my books? Just e-mail me here: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

SUMMER CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
(including online options)

4-day Creative Writing Workshop, Marblehead, MA
Level: Beginner to Moderate, Ages 11+
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 11th, 13th, 18th, and 20th
Time: 4 - 6PM
Cost: $200
To sign-up: Please email me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

Workshop Description: In this four-session workshop, students will work to develop and improve their writing craft in a fun and supportive group. We will work on setting, character, plot, voice, dialogue, and more. Please bring a notebook and pen. For more information, please visit the author's website: www.lauriestolarz.com

1-, 2-, or 3-session creative writing workshops, Marblehead, MA Level: Beginner to Moderate, Ages 11+ Cost: $50/session (sign up for one, two, or all three) Time: 4-6PM To sign-up: Please e-mail lauriestolarz@yahoo.com Tuesday, July 25th: Captivating Characters In this creative writing workshop, we will do a variety of exercises - written, visual, and spoken - to get young writers thinking about the types of characters they'd like to star in their stories. Thursday, July 27th: Intriguing Plots In this creative writing workshop, we will work on creating intriguing plots. We'll discuss the typical arc construct of solid story plots, and we'll do a variety of exercises to get us there. Tuesday, Aug. 1st: Captivating Characters + Intriguing Plots = Compelling Stories In this creative writing workshop, we will discuss the roles of character and plot in creating compelling stories. We will do a variety of exercises to develop and strengthen both, including those that explore tense, point-of-view, and dialogue.

1-day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop in Marblehead, MA
Level: Moderate to Advanced, Ages 14+
Date: Saturday, July 29th
Time: 10AM - 2PM
Cost: $100, plus $10 to order take-out (or bring a bagged lunch)
To sign-up: Please e-mail lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

Workshop Description: Want to start a new project but need some inspiration? Need a little momentum for your current work-in-progress? In this one-day intensive workshop, we will look to the work of published writers to explore varied techniques; do free-writing exercises that explore and examine plot, character development, theme, setting, dialogue, voice, and revision; look at the "big picture" of your stories, particularly with respect to structure; practice varied tools for revision; and strive to find the path to finishing your work-in-progress (be it a novel, novella, or short story).

ONLINE CLASSES

4-Week Online Creative Writing Course, with weekly live chat sessions
Cost: $225
Online Chat Sessions: Sundays, July 9, 16, 23, 30, 8-9PM EST. (I will send you a link to join the chat once your registration has been received.)
To sign-up: Please email me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

Workshop Description: This course is broken down into four parts (for the four weeks). I will send you, via email, a packet that corresponds to each week's lesson(s), including exercises that you can apply to your current works-in-progress. Students will be invited to a weekly online chat, exclusive to the workshops' participants, where we will discuss each week's lesson(s), as well as our works-in-progress.

Week 1: Character-building
Week 2: Plot/structure-building & Setting
Week 3: Voice, Dialogue, and Point-of-View
Week 4: Revision

Anytime Online Creative Writing Critique

Cost: $100.00
To sign-up: Please email me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

I will send you, via e-mail, a 30+-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 15 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.

Custom-made Classes
Don't see what you're looking for? Do these dates/times not work for you? Interested in online creative writing coaching for your current work-in-progress? I would be happy to discuss your writing and timing needs. Just email me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

Workshop Leader: Laurie Stolarz is the author of several popular young adult novels including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, and Shutter, (Disney Books for Children), as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series (Flux Publications). With over a million books sold worldwide, Stolarz's titles have been translated into over twenty languages, been named on numerous award lists, and have been optioned for TV. For more information, please visit her website: www.lauriestolarz.com

Autographed Books & Bookplates
Would you like to purchase one of my autographed titles (or better yet a whole series) for a gift or for yourself? Or would you like a personalized bookplate? Please e-mail me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

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