Making it Up:

Writing the debut novel

The workshop will introduce beginning writers to the basic structure of the modern American novel, whatever genre they prefer.

Session 1:  What makes the modern American novel so compelling? 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: Character arcs, creating tension and raising the stakes.  Internal and external conflicts that drive plot.
Session 4: Craft-- Dialogue, action, internal monologue, summary narrative. 

The next free memoir workshop series is set for fall 2019 in the Rancho Mirage Public Library.

To request information about the fall 2019 Memoir workshop, complete the form below and indicate what months you will be in the Coachella Valley. We will send you information and how to register. 

If your organization is interested in hosting a self-publishing, fiction- or memoir-writing workshop, please use the contact form below, and tell us what you would like to organize.

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.