Your Book Starts Here: How to Plan, Write, and Develop Your Book - Remote!

$130.00
Members
$150.00
Non-members
Saturday, June 13th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
30 seats max

Books often start with a simple yearning to explore new territory especially topics you find fascinating, characters who won’t leave you alone, and good stories. 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.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Instructor

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Mary Carroll Moore
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Previous Students Say

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

Elements

  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons

Genre

  • The Novel
  • Book-Length Memoir

Commitment Level

Low

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