WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE BOOK RELEASE CELEBRATION
Come help me celebrate the release of WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE. I will roll out the red carpet for all who attend the book's "premiere." There will be dreamy refreshments, Nightmare Elf treats, and ghoulish giveaways. Hope to see you there!

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD, 6-8PM.

WHERE: SPIRIT OF 76 BOOKSTORE, MARBLEHEAD, MA.

MORE INFO: Click here.

OFFICIAL RULES FOR THE WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE BOOK LAUNCH CONTEST

In celebration of the release of my new book, WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, (in stores on July 22nd, 2014), I'm launching a very exciting contest.

GUIDELINES: In WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, the characters submit their worst nightmares for the chance to win a contest. The entrants of this book release contest will do the same. In five-hundred words or less, describe your worst nightmare. Entrants are free to use the word “nightmare” metaphorically or literally, as do the characters in the novel. E-mail your essay to: thenightmare.elf@gmail.com.

FORMAT: Your entry should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and have your name and e-mail at the top.

DEADLINE: Midnight, August 31, 2014

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone can enter. But, if you are under the age of 21, your parent or guardian will have to sign the release form, downloadable from the News section of my website: www.lauriestolarz.com/news.html. If you are 21 or older, you can sign this release form yourself.

Release forms can be scanned/e-mailed to me at: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

Or they can be printed and mailed to:

Dark House Series Book Launch Contest
c/o Kathryn Green Literary Agency
250 West 57th St., Suite 2302
New York, NY 10107

* Please note that any entrees received without the required release form will be disqualified.

Click here to download the release form.


NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by e-mail no later than October 1, 2014.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner will get to have a minor character in RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE, the sequel to WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE (due out in the summer of 2015), named after him or her (first name only or first and last name, as decided by the winner). The grand prize winner will also get an autographed copy of WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, as well as publication of his or her winning essay on my website and Tumblr.

RUNNER UP PRIZES: There will be two runner up winners. Both will receive an autographed copy of
WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE. They will also get to have their winning essays published on my website and Tumblr.

Click here to download the release form.

SUMMER CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS (Be sure to scroll all the way down to see the varied options and locations.)

1-day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop
Level: Moderate to Advanced
Dates: Saturday, July 26th
Time: 10AM - 2PM
Cost: $120
Location: Marblehead, MA 01945

To sign-up for this intensive course: 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 1-day intensive 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 for this 4-day workshop, 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 for Captivating Characters, Intriguing Plots, and/or Compelling Stories, 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: Tuesday, August 5th

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 for the online writing critique, please e-mail me: lauriestolarz@yahoo.com

I will be at Porter Square Bookstore, Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, from 7-9PM. I'll be signing books, chatting with readers, and speaking on a panel about teen reads and writing. Hope to see you!

I will be at Books of Wonder, NYC on Wednesday, August 13th, from 6-8PM. I'll be signing books and chatting with fellow authors about all things scary in young adult fiction. See you there!

I will be at the Wellesley Bookstore, Wellesley, MA on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, from 7-9PM with fellow young adult authors Kim Harrington, Diana Renn, and Erin Dionne. Hope to see you there!

I will be at the Boston Teen Author Fest, Boston, MA on Saturday, September 27th from 10AM-4PM. See you there!

New Merchandise:
Check out the new book-related clothing and gear through spreadshirt.com!

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