It's time to RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE. The sequel to WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, is out. So, run, don't walk, to your favorite bookstore or library to get yourself a copy. Remember, if they're out of stock, you can always ask a bookseller to order it for you, free of charge. Many, many thanks! See release contest details below.


I'll be at Barnes & Noble, Peabody, MA, on Saturday, August 29th, at 2PM. I'll be signing books and chatting with readers. Hope to see you!

I'll be at the Speculative Fiction Southeast Convention in Orlando Florida, September 25th - 27th. For more information.

I'll be at the Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA, on Saturday, October 24th at 6PM for stories and s'mores. I'll be telling stories, signing books, chatting with readers, and eating s'mores. Hope to see you. For more information.

Would you like to purchase one of my autographed titles (or better yet a whole series) for a gift or for yourself? E-mail me at


One-day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop

Level: Moderate – Advanced
Cost: $125 + $10 for lunch (or bring a bagged lunch)
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Location: Marblehead, MA

Please note: I reserve the right to cancel class sessions due to low enrollment.
To sign-up: Please e-mail me at

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 intensive one-day 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.)

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: 4-6PM
Dates: August 4th, 6th, and 12th
To sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 workshops, please contact the store at 781-631-1054

Tuesday, August 4th: Captivating Characters
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.

Thursday, August 6th: Intriguing Plots
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.

Wednesday, August 12th: Captivating Characters + Intriguing Plots = Compelling Stories
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.

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:

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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