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Mark Karlins

Writing Workshops


The following workshops, covering picture books to YA novels, are upcoming.

6 week writing workshops
(2 hours, one evening a week, offered seasonally):

• October–mid November
• mid January–February
• mid March-April

(Don't worry if you have to miss a week. Each session is designed to include one make-up class.)

For specific dates of upcoming workshops, please email Mark at karlinsmark@gmail.com.

Writer's Weekend Intensive
2 1/2 day intensive workshop (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday). Breakfast and lunch provided. Dates to be announced. Please email Mark at karlinsmark@gmail.com for more information.



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.

My goal is to inspire you. But it is also to help you with basic issues of writing. I know how to point out your strengths and guide you to build on them. My ultimate goal is to help you produce a work that is unique enough and sufficiently polished for it to be published. After taking my workshop, a number of my former students have, in fact, published their work. Here are a few comments from workshop participants:

"Taking a writing workshop with Mark Karlins may be one of the smartest things I've done. Mark is a supportive and inspiring teacher who can ignite a writer's imagination in a completely relaxed atmosphere. As a result of his workshop, I have gained a confidence in my writing that I so needed. Currently, I have one of my stories under consideration with a publisher, while another story is bravely edging its way to completion. Thanks, Mark!"
— Marianne Kuzujanakis

"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."
— Donna Seim

"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."
— Katie Schickel

"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!"
— Karianna Johnson

"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."
— Mary Ellen DeBiase