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I’m Giving Some New Workshops

It’s once again time for a bit of boldly shameless self-promotion. Here’s my flyer for one Saturday afternoon class and three separate Friday lunchtime sessions. If the Raleigh-Chapel Hill area is in reach for you, I hope you’ll consider coming to one or more:

I’m offering a new half-day workshop for anyone interested in writing. This class — and the lunch-time meetings described below — are based on my experience as author of books from three major publishers, as well as articles for many national magazines and most of the major American newspapers.

Dig A Book Idea Out of What You Already Know

This four-hour Saturday class will focus on nonfiction books, and include:

*How to look at your expertise (hobbyist or pro) as a book resource
*How to formulate and develop an idea
*Basics of the book proposal
*Info on resources to help you proceed

The class will be held at my home (in the woods beside a pond) near Jordan Lake in Chatham County.

March 21 1-5 p.m. $65
Maximum of 20 participants

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Writing Business Lunches

During the month of March, I’m holding three Friday lunch-time meetings in my downtown Raleigh office, with up to seven participants in each. You’re invited to attend any one or two, or all three.

The topics:

The business of writing nonfiction books. March 13

Literary agents March 20

Getting started writing a novel March 27

Fee: $35 each

The format: Each of these is entirely devoted to a question-and-answer session. Bring your questions on the particular topic, and I’ll do my best to answer them on the spot. Other participants often have useful info to contribute as well.

The time: 12:30 to 1:30. Bring your sack lunch and drink with you, if you like. The office is smallish. It’ll be cosy and companionable, which makes networking even easier.

Location: 410 Morson Street in Raleigh’s Oakwood.

My background: I’m author of the novels Sister India (a New York Times Notable Book) and Revelation, co-author of the nonfiction book The Healing Power of Doing Good (a Literary Guild pick). I also wrote a book on Tanner Companies and the Doncaster clothing company. My books have been published in five countries. I’ve written for More Magazine, Travel+Leisure, Ms. Magazine, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, etc., as well as The New York Times, The Washington Post and most of the major American newspapers. I spent a semester teaching fiction at Duke as a Scholar-in-Residence, and given classes or talks at locations including the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Auburn Seminary in New York, Banaras Hindu University in India, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, and others.

For more information on my writing and my manuscript consultation services for writers, please visit my website.

The fine print: For the Saturday workshop, I need check and confirmation in advance. I refund for cancellations only if I have someone waiting for the space. For the lunch sessions, I need confirmation in advance, and require payment for any cancellations later than 24 hours before the meeting. Do ask me, if you have any questions.

If you’d like to sign up now for the Saturday workshop, please mail your contact info and check to me at 410 Morson St., Raleigh, NC 27601. For the lunches, simply email me your confirmation. And if none of this fits into your schedule, do come back to this blog and visit again.

Thanks. I hope this is useful to you and/or any of your writer friends or students.


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