Workshops

Marita has developed a series of popular writing workshops, I Want to Write, a workshop that will jumpstart your writing life. How to Sell Your Book, an intensive day-long workshop. Writing on the Wild Side is a two-day mixed genre workshop. Marita also offers Manuscript Evaluation Services.

Becoming a skilled writer unleashes demons, doubt, fears and anxieties for which writers are often unprepared. Many who want to write fear they lack the talent or tenacity required of the dedicated writer. Marita leads workshops where these subjects are not taboo, are discussed openly and where writers find and create community. Through writing exercises inspired by her many years as a master teacher, participants break through the psychological barriers that cripple their attempts to write with regularity and confidence.


I Want to Write: 2 Day Workshop

You want to write but can’t create or sustain a consistent writing life. You want to write but fear and self-censorship chip away at your confidence. After years of holding a story in your heart you are ready to tell that story but you need guidance and support. This two- day workshop (open to writers in all genres) will introduce you to the basics of powerful writing and show you how to write regularly with authority and how to master the language needed to write stories your readers will remember. This is a great workshop for experienced writers who need to “reboot” their writing lives.


How to Sell Your Book

This intensive day-long workshop will answer the most frequently asked questions about the publishing industry and how to get your book published. Among the topics to be covered:

  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Write an effective “pitch” for your story
  • How to find the right agent
  • How to Write A Book Proposal
  • Why self- publishing is gaining acceptance
  • The truth about writers, publishers and money
  • Discussion of and critique of participant’s projects will be a part of the workshop, as well as writing exercises.


Elements of Fiction

This workshop will focus on the central elements of fiction-plot, scenes and narrative. This workshop for writers with in-progress short stories or novels will focus on the technique of creating scenes that are dramatic, narrative that is compelling and revealing and a plot that keeps the reader interested. In the workshop we will read examples of published writing, discuss and critique participant’s stories and create new work.


Manuscript Evaluation Services

After many hours of dedication and discipline you have completed a draft of your book. Now you need a thorough and in-depth reading and critique from someone with experience in working with writers to discover the real heart and soul of their stories. I will provide a close reading and detailed evaluation of the most important aspects of your writing project.


Writing Day Retreat

Do you need a writing buddy? Do you hate writing alone?
I invite you to attend a writing hook-up with a small group of writers (up to six). Spend the day writing and being energized and inspired by a group of writers working on their projects. In my book-lined library you can write think and create with scheduled breaks and light refreshments.

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