The Time Is Now.
Have you dreamed of writing a novel for years? Have you already started a novel, but don't quite have the confidence that you will finish it?
We have helped fiction and memoir writers of all experience levels and have completed our own novels and non-fiction books, so we know what that is like. We have been able to help writers secure top literary agents, get their books written and published, and make it onto the New York Times and other bestseller lists.
This work has enabled us to live out our dream of living on beautiful Orcas Island, known as the gem of the San Juan Islands, in the Pacific Northwest. Now, we want to give back to our community. We are conducting writing workshops in our home and other locations for small groups of writers who are passionate about wanting to write and want the kind of help and support we can offer.
We will meet with our group of writers once a week for 2 hours a session at Main Street Works (formerly 376) in Eastsound. We will share our unique story structure guides, writing tips, critical feedback and resources to help you create a story so powerful and so well-structured that it will make the writing process easier and increase your chances of securing an agent or publisher. We will also foster every writer inspiring their fellow writers.
Workshop on Story Structure - Begins mid-January, 2018
This 6-week workshop will take place on Wednesdays in Eastsound from 11a to 1p and focus on story structure and writing style. It is limited to 8 writers. We will guide you in each weekly session, share writing, give feedback, and provide resources. Cost: $275* for the entire workshop—includes access to a free online video course ($65 value) by Ayn & Sam.
This class is for beginner and intermediate students who are new to structuring and plotting a novel or historical fiction or need a refresher course. Instructors will assume workshop attendees will come in with a premise and a developed character. Instructors will provide attendees with Free Access To A Character Development Video Course ($65 value) to help them with this. This class may not be suitable if you already have a MFA in writing or are an author who has already published a book with positive critical reviews.
*The Scholarship position has been filled for this workshop, however if you would like to apply for future scholarship or sliding scale, please click on the "Love Some Help" button at the bottom of this web page to fill out an application.
To join our Orcas Island workshop, please fill out and send the form below. We will contact you within 48 hours of receiving it.
Fall Writing Workshop 2017
Workshop on Character Development - Begins October 18, 2017
This 4-week workshop (Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8) will take place on Wednesdays from 11a to 12:45 and focus on character development. It is limited to 10 writers. We will guide you in each weekly session, share writing, give feedback, and provide resources. Cost: $250* for the entire workshop—includes access to a free video course ($65 value) by Ayn & Sam. *Scholarship/sliding scale available. (click on the "Love Some Help" button at the bottom of this web page to fill out an application).
The tips shared in this workshop are the same tips used by Ayn & Sam when writing their own critically-acclaimed books or coaching other best-selling writers, whom they've helped get on the New York Times Bestseller list.
JUST A FEW OF THE THINGS YOU WILL LEARN:
- How to create characters compelling enough to give you the momentum you need to write a commercially successful and publishable novel, screenplay, or graphic novel.
- Gain an understanding of how conflict creates dynamic and memorable fiction characters.
- Learn how to create characters and actions that resonate with your book's themes.
- Learn how focusing on "want vs. need" can help build an emotional transformational arc for your characters.
- How to write engaging dialogue.
- And much more.
Private Coaching Sessions
If a workshop or group setting is not quite right for you, we are available for private consultations. We, however, do not take more than 1-2 private clients per month. If you are interested in one-on-one help, please email us.
I'd Love Some Help
We want to make sure nobody gets left out because of affordability. If you are passionate about writing a novel but your circumstances warrant a reduced fee, please click on the "Love Some Help" button below to fill out an application. We receive a lot of applications, and may not get back to everyone quickly, but everyone will be notified within ten days of our start date.