I will be at the Hudson Children's Book Festival, Hudson, NY on Saturday, May 3rd, from 10-4PM. Hope to see you there!

SUMMER CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS

2-day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop
Level: Moderate to Advanced
Dates: Saturdays, July 19th and 26th
Time: 10AM - 2PM
Cost: $225
Location: Marblehead, MA 01945
To sign-up: Please e-mail me at lauriestolarz@yahoo.com
Lunch: Please bring a bagged lunch or $10 to order take-out.
Please note: I reserve the right to cancel class sessions due to low enrollment.

Workshop Description: Want to start a new project but need some inspiration? Need a little momentum for your current work-in-progress? Don't know what happens next?

In this two-session workshop, we will:
1. look to the work of published writers to explore varied techniques,
2. do freewriting exercises that explore and examine plot, character development, theme, setting, dialogue, voice, and revision,
3. look at the "big picture" of your stories, particularly with respect to structure,
4. practice varied tools for revision,
5. and strive to find the path to finishing your work-in-progress (be it a novel, novella, or short story).

4-day Creative Writing Workshops at Spirit of 76 Bookstore, Marblehead, MA
Level: Beginner to Moderate
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 22nd, 24th, 29th, and 31st
Time: 4 – 5:45PM
Location: Spirit of 76 Bookstore, Marblehead, MA 01945
Cost: $200
To sign-up, please contact The Spirit of 76 Bookstore, Marblehead, MA.

Workshop Description: In this four-session workshop, students will work to develop, nurture, and improve their writing craft in a fun and supportive group. We will work on such literary devices as setting, character, plot, and voice. We will discuss how closely these devices are linked in creating believable stories. We will learn from other writers by examining their style through excerpts. We will also practice these styles through group and individual exercises. Please bring a notebook and pen.

1-, 2-, or 3-session creative writing workshops at Wit & Whimsy Bookstore, Marblehead, MA
Level: Beginner - Moderate
Cost: $50/session (sign up for one, two, or all three)
Time: 4-5:45
Dates: Indicated below
To sign up, please contact Wit & Whimsy Bookstore, Marblehead, MA.

Captivating Characters

Date: Monday, August 4th

In this creative writing workshop, we will work on creating interesting characters. We'll do a variety of exercises – written, visual, and spoken – to get young writers thinking about the types of characters they'd like to star in their stories. We will also practice literary devices associated with those characters, such as motivation and voice.

Intriguing Plots

Date: Monday, August 6th

In this creative writing workshop, we will work on creating intriguing plots. We'll discuss the typical arc construct of solid story plots, and we'll do a variety of exercises to get us there, including generating ideas of all genres (from humor to mystery). We will discuss associated plotting devices, such as hook, set-up, turning points, climax, and resolution, and apply them to our own story structures.

Captivating Characters + Intriguing Plots = Compelling Stories

Date: Monday, August 11th

In this creative writing workshop, we will discuss the roles of character and plot in creating compelling stories. We will do a variety of exercises to develop and strengthen both, including those that explore tense, point-of-view, and dialogue.


ANYTIME ONLINE CREATIVE WRITING CRITIQUE

Cost: $100.00

I will send you, via e-mail, a 26-page packet of information and exercises for character-building, plot structure, dialogue, point-of-view, revision, and more. In addition, You can submit up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, standard margins) of writing for my editorial notes. I will critique the pages, addressing any issues, including but not limited to plot, character development, syntax, grammar, and dialogue. I will point out what I believe works and offer some advice for an overall direction.

After I give notes, I will be available via e-mail for follow up if you have questions.

This class is available now. I will take up to ten students at a time and get back to you within one week of payment.

To sign up, please e-mail me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

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Congratulations to Carmelita, Tia, Amber, and Ronette, winners of the "Deadly Little Lessons Karma Chameleon Good Karma" contest! Go read their entries here.

Congratulations to Ingrid M., Carlie S., and Courtney P., the grand prize winners of the Deadly Little Voices release contest! Thanks to everyone who entered. Now, go check out the LOVE FOR THE TOUCH SERIES page to see some of the amazing entries!

Bookplates now available! Bookplates are sticker-like labels that I will personally address to you and sign. It's meant for you to adhere to the inside of your book – the next best thing to an autographed copy. If you'd like one of these, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Attn. Laurie Faria Stolarz
c/o Llewellyn Worldwide Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125-2989