Making it Up:

Jump-start your debut novel in four weeks

The workshop will introduce beginning writers to the basic structure of the modern American novel and discuss the kind of planning that can ensure a smooth process toward a finished novel.

Session 1:  Plotting and pantsing. Genre fiction. The four basic drivers of good fiction. 
Session 2:  Story, plot, theme, and narrative arc. What’s your novel about and what’s it really about?  
Session 3: Creating tension and raising the stakes.  Internal and external conflicts that drive plot.
Session 4: Structural templates and other ways to plan and plot your novel. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are no currently scheduled workshops. Check back this summer for updates.


Better Than Fiction:
Bringing fictional writing techniques to your memoir

Memoirs shouldn't read like diaries or timelines. The best ones are written like good novels—with the same literary tools that make great romances and mysteries come alive.
These workshops will help memoir writers turn their memories into compelling stories, with the same dialogue, description, pacing and narration that make fictional protagonists jump off the page.
The four workshops will cover
Session 1: Introduction – What is memoir and how to choose your story. 
Session 2: Structure and Story – Developing your theme, plot and narrative arc. 
Session 3: Scenes as the Building Blocks of Memoir
Session 4: Point of view and Voice 

Self-Publishing:                 Choosing your options

Self-publishing can mean many things today, and authors can be misled or confused when considering their options. What path is best for you? Your optimal path to publication becomes clearer once you answer five basic questions about your goals and your project. Publisher Marj Charlier will explore the choices you have as a self-publisher, discuss book design and formatting, and help unveil the mysterious world of book publishing.


If you cannot attend one of the Inlandia, Rancho Mirage Library, Palm Springs Library, or NEA workshops, you can purchase the workbooks at Click on the images below to go to the books' sales pages on Lulu.