The following workshops, covering picture books to YA novels, are upcoming.
6 week writing workshops
Writer's Weekend Intensive
Classes are relaxed and welcoming. I keep them small so that each student and each piece of writing can be given full attention. Because my background includes nearly thirty years of teaching children’s writing at such places as Vermont College of Fine Arts and The School of The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), I bring a wealth of knowledge to my courses. Through my own writing and by working with editors and agents in the industry, I also bring an intimate and practical knowledge of publishing.
"I enjoyed Mark's thought provoking manner and gentle humor. Most of all I appreciated his ability to get us to write, write, and then write some more! The workshop helped me get solid footing, find my own unique voice and start my first novel. I can proudly say that it is now completed and I am working on my second one."
"Each class was a learning experience. I left with a few completed manuscripts and a notebook full of ideas and methods for the future. Above all, the workshop got me excited about children's writing."
"I am a teacher of students aged nine through twelve, and I was able to bring much of what we did in class with Mark into my classroom. My students loved the exercises that I learned in Mark's class, from deciding where illustrations might go in an illustrated book to creating characters through various brainstorming exercises. Mark's class helped me both as an individual and as a teacher!"
"This workshop helped me to make the leap to start writing regularly. It combined information about essential elements, such as creating characters, dialogue, and point of view, with writing exercises designed to spark the creative process. There was ample time to review and get feedback on our work in an atmosphere that felt safe yet contained constructive criticism. I took the workshop several times to explore writing in a variety of genres. Mark took a genuine interest in everyone and encouraged a relaxed, collaborative atmosphere."