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This workshop is full. We're sorry you can't sign up for this session. :-(
We limited the number of participants so every girl can get individual attention.
The response to this workshop is so strong that we're hoping to offer it again in the next couple months.
Then you'll always get first crack at signing up before our big enews list gets notified.
Thanks for your support of girls and New Moon Girls - you make all we do possible!
Mary says, "Scientists say our brains have two sides. One is logical. The other loves dreaming. Writers use both sides."
Girls will have hands-on participation throughout with guided writing before the first session and help revising between the two sessions.
Video conferencing will connect the girls and Mary with everyone able to interact.
Growing a Story - session one - August 13
Mary shares how to find the seed of a story and then grow it into something only one unique person can write. She shows the value of rewriting a story several times to make it what you want. Every book a girl loves started out very differently from the version she’s read.
Private Online Writer's Group Between the Two Sessions
Only the workshop participants and Mary will be in a special group within the NMG Online Girls Community. They will be able to chat with each other and share changes and ask for feedback on their stories in progress.
A Tree Lasts A Lifetime - session two - August 20
Girls get specific tips to nurture the creative spirit within themselves and keep it safe from storms, critics, and other perils writers face. Keeping faith in their own ideas and knowledge when hearing what other people think about a story is a challenge for every writer, no matter their age. Mary teaches how to not let discouragement get to you even though it’s hard.
See How Mary Revised Her First Draft of Backwards Moon
As a special bonus, Mary will share the pdf of her first round of rewrites on Backwards Moon. It’s a rare opportunity for girls to see how a published author evaluated and worked on her first draft and compare it to the final published version!
Connecting with Other Writers is Supportive
While writing is often a solitary activity, being part of a writing group fosters great growth. Being in the workshop with girls she doesn't already know can actually make it easier to express herself more fully. It takes away worry about what might happen in her everyday social groups if that's a concern.
Show Your Daughter Her Talent is Real
By age 10, girls who want to write fiction can feel vulnerable about sharing their creative imaginations with others. It's natural for them to want approval of their writing from adults and peers.
But it's a fine line between squashing their joy in writing and giving meaningless praise. They can't grow as creative writers without honest feedback.
Children's author Mary Losure will give the girls in this workshop the tools to keep faith in their own creativity while they learn that rewriting contributes greatly to their story and doesn't have to be a confidence-shattering exercise.Register Your Daughter Now to Get Her Spot
Session One is August 13 at 2 - 2:45 pm, central time
Session Two is August 20, 2 - 2:30 pm central time
The video conference app works on any computer, laptop or tablet that has both a camera and a microphone. It doesn't work well on a smartphone.
On August 3 we'll email you the simple directions and links for how to access the video conference with a free app so you can set it up well before the first session. We don't want your daughter to miss anything if it's not set up on whatever computer, laptop or tablet she'll use during the workshop.
If you have any questions about setting up the video conferencing app email us at this link by August 9 so we have a couple days to help you before the workshop. Sandy provides live support M-F, 8am - 4pm central time so include the best way for her to contact you during those hours.