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Feb 26 & 28, March 5 & 7, March 12 & 14, 2018

Cloud Mezzanine at the Cloud Room
1424 11th Ave Seattle, WA 98122

Are you writing a novel or a screenplay?  Do you want to write a novel or a screenplay?  In this class, Maria draws from her years as a novelist and screenwriter to teach you how to get your reader hooked. The first two hours are instruction, with emphasis on story and scene.  Topics covered are compelling openings, character arcs, structure, plotting, pacing, beat sheets, drafts, revisions, dialogue, the business of publishing… the whole gamut!  The third hour is a “master class” format where Maria works one-on-one with individual writers about their pages.  Often this turns out to be the most valuable and fun for the whole class. Bring in the first ten pages of your novel or screenplay to workshop. Although you don’t need to have pages ready to attend.  All levels welcome.

** Class is Full** 

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Beat Sheet


Feb 12 & 15, 2018

Cloud Mezzanine at the Cloud Room
1424 11th Ave Seattle, WA 98122

Learn how to “beat out” your novel or screenplay into scenes.  In the TV writers room, most time is spent  “breaking stories” by putting them into scenes on the white board, creating a “beat sheet.”  In the first class, Maria teaches what a beat sheet is and why it’s so vital, as a screenwriter and novelist, to think in these terms.  In the second class, each student will take their turn at the white board beating out the beginning of their own story while Maria offers suggestions.

(This intensive will be most beneficial to those writing a novel or screenplay and are struggling with story and plot.  You don’t have to have taken the 6-week class to attend, but it might make more sense if you did.)

** Class is full **


I’m working on a memoir, can I take your class?

Yes!  Memoirs aren’t my specialty, but memoirists who take my class seem to get a lot out of it.  The principles I’m teaching are the same… character arc, story, etc.

I don’t have pages ready to workshop.  Can I still take your class?


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