Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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Overcoming Our Fears to Write Powerful Stories

Our fears can stop us from finishing a book, or even starting it. We may feel we need to stick to writing only what we know, and write from personal experience, but then worry about what Mom will think. And we so often avoid our protagonist’s conflicts, for the same reasons we avoid our own. The result: passive protagonists and wandering storylines. Author and writing coach Gail Anderson-Dargatz will draw from more than twenty years of experience as a writer, teacher and developmental editor to explore the many ways we avoid conflict in our projects and our writing lives, and offer solutions that will help kickstart your writing and help you develop your project to the fullest.

Sculpting a Good Idea into a Great Book

Many book manuscripts suffer from a lack of thorough development. This can stand in the way of their potential for success, or even prevent them from being published. In this interactive session, award-winning novelist and writing coach Gail Anderson-Dargatz explores the steps and strategies of development editing that help turn a good book idea into a great book.

Get Your Book Noticed

Thousands of books are published each year, through self-publishing and traditional publishers. How do we get an agent or editor to notice our book? Or, if we self-publish, how do we get our book noticed by readers? We’re told to promote our writing on social media sites. But most of us aren’t comfortable with promoting our work at all. And how do we connect with readers in the ocean of Facebook and Twitter posts? Internationally best-selling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz will talk about approaches that have helped her own novels become bestsellers. Writers, come with a notebook or tablet in hand, prepared to come up with ideas for your own marketing plan.

Writing for Middle School, YA and the Educational Market

People think writing for kids is easy. Any writer who actually publishes childrens’ or YA fiction will set you straight: writing for kids is hard. In this interactive workshop, award-winning novelist Gail Anderson-Dargatz will point out common mistakes newbie writers make as she passes on what’s she’s learned in more than twenty years of teaching writers of childrens’ and YA fiction, and in stepping into this vibrant market herself.

Tackling the Novel

The novel can be an intimidating form, even for an experienced writer. But the novel is a friendly beast, once you get to know it. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll look at the things writers are most afraid of when approaching the novel. Internationally acclaimed novelist Gail Anderson-Dargatz will offer advice on craft, living the writers’ life, and on publishing your book to help you to overcome the fears we all have. Writers, come with a notebook or tablet in hand, prepared for writing exercises that will bump your writing up to the next level.

Writing Home

We’ve all heard the phrase “write what you know” but writing fiction from real life isn’t easy. We worry about what family and friends will think. We worry if we have the right to tell the story, or write about a given location. We get stuck in reality -- what “really happened” -- and our fiction flounders because of it. In this workshop, award-winning novelist Gail Anderson-Dargatz will explore all these issues and more with the goal of writing powerful fiction that has the authority that can only come from “writing what you know." Writers, come with a notebook or tablet in hand, prepared for writing exercises that will bump your writing up to the next level.

Work with Gail

Gail works with writers at all levels, from newbies to pros. Choose the course that best suits your project.

Creative Writing Course

Now Available! Work independently and at your own pace as you learn how to put together the building blocks of fiction. Great for newbies and emerging writers.

Blue Pencil Sessions

Not your average blue pencil session, this consultation with Gail is a full workshop. Book at any time.

Fiction Mentorships

Gail's flagship course. In this one-on-one, private, four-month online mentorship, Gail will guide you as you put together your fiction project.

Developmental Edits

For writers with a complete draft. This manuscript evaluation focuses on the big picture but also includes notes on the finer elements of craft.

Writing Retreat

This week-long writing retreat in the Shuswap region of BC is timed to coincide with the sockeye run on the Adams River, a natural wonder.

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Master Classes

Gail offers writing and editing master classes, seminars and workshops for groups and organizations on a variety of topics.

About Gail

Gail's novels have been national and international bestsellers and two have been short-listed for the Giller Prize, among other awards. She works with writers from around the world on her online teaching forums.