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

Saturday, February 1st, from 10:00am-5:00pm.
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

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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"The course was very well put together, with lots of great information, tools and examples. The instructor was very organized, considered the participant's questions carefully and answered them thoughtfully. An excellent, thought-provoking workshop."

"The seminar had clear organization and tangible steps for improving my book. The instructor was friendly, knowledgable, and answered all the questions we had."

"Mary was excellent! Very informative and great location!"


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Mary Carroll Moore
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Previous Students Say

  • "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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