How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book: Section B

Saturday, March 29th, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
21 seats max
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Books often start with a simple yearning to explore new territory: fascinating topics, characters who won’t leave you alone, a good story. But manuscripts get unwieldy, fast. Nine out of ten writers never finish their manuscripts because most first-time book writers get lost without good structure and planning.

Mary Carroll Moore, award-winning author of 13 books in three genres and a PEN/Faulkner nominee, will guide you through a simple and successful book-writing process that can take your book from idea to publication, a process using a three-act structure that eases organization and makes a manuscript vivid and engaging to readers. Find out why Aristotle believed that three acts formed a perfect structure for all stories, why humans lean toward beginning, middle, and end, and why we crave the emotional catharsis of that format in literature too. For all levels of writers working on nonfiction, memoir, or novels, at any stage from seed idea to draft. Learn why strong structuring is the key to selling a book in today's competitive publishing industry.

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"Mary was a top-notch teacher - highly knowledgeable and experienced and a clear communicator and sensitive listener. She addressed everyone's questions and was extremely encouraging. She structured the class well, with a productive balance between work time, feedback and lecture. I learned a tremendous amount in one day and came away from the class with renewed enthusiasm for my project and clear ideas about how to proceed. I can't recommend this class highly enough and wouldn't hesitate to take another class with Mary."

"I thought this instructor was phenomenal - lots of good, solid advice and great exercises. She was great, kept everything very well-paced and gave out so much good information in a supportive, encouraging way."

"Wonderful class taught with great clarity and professionalism. A very positive experience."


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Mary Carroll Moore
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Lots of Practical Tips"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Very Well-Organized"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Book-Length Memoir

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