Quillfully: Online Workshops for Writers

Quill penImprove your writing from the comfort of your own home with these online workshops! Each webinar runs 1.5 to 2 hours. Registration includes access to the live webinar and the recording for 30 days. $40 per person per webinar. Add-ons available for each webinar (must be redeemed within one year of purchase date):

  • Query letter OR first page manuscript critique: $20
  • Picture book manuscript critique (up to 1500 words): $35
  • Synopsis critique (1 page, single spaced): $50
  • 10-page manuscript critique (double-spaced): $60
  • 50-page manuscript critique (double-spaced): $120
  • 45-minute live manuscript coaching call: $60

Upcoming Quillfully Webinars

Taking off the Training Wheels

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

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Neil Gaiman says fanfiction can act as a training ground for writing original fiction. Is he right? Kathy MacMillan, Compton Crook Award Finalist and author of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults Kathy MacMillan, discusses how writing fanfic in the Harry Potter, Star Trek, and Babylon 5 fandoms prepared her for creating fictional worlds of her own. Register now!

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Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

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Fonts and headers and page breaks, oh my! Join Compton Crook Award Finalist and author of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults Kathy MacMillan for a visual guide to all the nitty-gritty details of how to format your manuscript for submission using Microsoft Word. We’ll go over best practices for submissions, as well as how-tos for creating headers and footers, inserting page numbers, setting font and line spacing, and more. Register now!

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So You Want to Publish a Book

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

So You Want to Publish a Book

You’ve got the idea, you’ve got the drive, and you’ve got the willingness to work to get your book in print. But where do you start? Kathy MacMillan, Compton Crook Award finalist and author of 18 traditionally published fiction and nonfiction books for children, breaks down the bewildering world of publishing, from writing and revision to submission and publication and the realities of life after publication. Bring your questions on everything from writing craft to agents to royalties. Register now!

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The Secrets of Show, Don’t Tell

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

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It’s the feedback every writer dreads: your manuscript has too much telling, and not enough showing. But what can you do about it? Compton Crook Award Finalist and author of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults Kathy MacMillan breaks down what it really means to “show, don’t tell” in relation to every aspect of your writing from character development to plot, and in every stage from manuscript to pitch. She’ll share a dozen “Showing Secrets” – actionable revision steps that you can use right away to breathe new life into your writing. Register now!

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Storybuilding

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

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No matter what your genre, a rich palette of details brings the world of your story to life.  Compton Crook Award Finalist and author of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults Kathy MacMillan shows how to focus on the specifics you need at each stage of the writing process to build your characters’ world without ever losing sight of the story at its heart. Register now!

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Choices and Consequences

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

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Compton Crook Award Finalist and author of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults Kathy MacMillan shows how to analyze your story through the lens of choices and consequences to create coherent plots, compelling characters, and satisfying endings. Register now!