Novel Writers Series with Editor Karen Boss
Tuesdays, October 6 to 27, 7 pm to 8:30 pm ET

Charlesbridge editor Karen Boss is back to offer secret strategies, niche nuances, and professional pointers to elevate your novel in four fantastic stand-alone workshops. All of the workshops are online and semi-interactive, with time for questions.

You can also sign up to receive an in-depth optional critique of your first ten pages for $50. Only 10 critiques available!

  • October 6: Fully Realized Stories: Putting the Meat on the Bones of Your Novel
    Many manuscripts have a strong plot but not enough fleshing out to ensure the story is completely realized. Learn some fundamentals!

  • October 13: Point of View: Consider Using Close Third Person
    What’s the right point of view for your novel? What’s close third, and how can it enhance your writing?

  • October 20: Idea Development: Where to Find Ideas and When to Get Rid of an Idea
    Where do you find ideas? Are you trying to fit too many into one manuscript? When should you jettison an idea?

  • October 27: Revision: Digging In to Shift and Rework Your Novel
    Getting unstuck, reconsidering beginnings, reworking sections, and more!

  • Individual workshops: $35 members / $45 non-members

  • Register for all four workshops by October 4: $120 members / $160 non-members

 
Constructing a Cultural Cosmos
with author Luisana Duarte Armendáriz
Thursday, October 29, 7 pm ET

In this free craft chat, we'll focus on the use of mythology, art, and other cultural elements to enrich your story's world. We'll delve into cultural considerations, the research process when dealing with historical artifacts, and some pitfalls to avoid. This will be an exploration on how to make these elements work for you, instead of against you. All are welcome!

  • Free, via Zoom!

 
Picture Book Series
with Editor Karen Boss
Tuesdays, November 10 to December 1, 7 pm to 8:30 pm ET

Charlesbridge editor Karen Boss is back to back, this time focusing on picture books with four fabulous workshops. All of the workshops are online and semi-interactive, with time for questions.

You can also sign up to receive an in-depth optional critique of your first ten pages for $50. Only 10 critiques available!

  • November 10: Tension/Pacing: How to Keep Kids Reading and Delighted
    Does your story have enough tension (or any at all?)? What is tension, and how is it different from pacing?

  • November 17: Nostalgia and Didacticism: Twin Pitfalls of Picture Book Manuscripts
    Learn to spot these two common problems in your writing and how to avoid them.

  • November 24: Point of View: Close Third Person For Picture Books
    What’s the right point of view for your picture book? What’s close third, and how can it enhance your writing?

  • December 1: Mentor Texts: Getting a Little Help for Your Craft
    How do you use reading to enhance your writing? How to find balance between too much of a good thing and not enough.

  • Individual workshops: $35 members / $45 non-members

  • Register for all four workshops by October 4: $120 members / $160 non-members

 
Media Tie-Ins and Books, Oh My!
a craft chat with author Sheela Chari
Thursday, November 12, 8 pm EST

Have you dreamed of adapting your favorite movie, TV show, or podcast into a book? In this craft chat, we'll talk about what a media tie-in is and how you might prepare yourself to one day write one. This session is also great for writers struggling with balancing the right amount of dialogue, narrative, and action. We'll look at a few audio-visual examples, try a few writing exercises, and find joy in the details. All levels welcome!

  • Free, via Zoom!

 

The Writers' Loft is located at 20 North Main St., Sherborn, Mass, 01770 (our driveway is on Cemetery Lane.) Please park in the back lot and walk up the ramp to the entry door. Once inside, make an immediate right to find our office door, #360. The Writers' Loft is accessible only via stairs.

 

We'd love to assist with all of your writing needs! Please email us to arrange your first visit. To reserve community space for a gathering or book launch, please check our calendar on the events page, and then email us.

 

Our email: writersloftma@gmail.com


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