Webinars and Events

Join me for upcoming webinars and events. Check this page for an updated schedule and registration information! Here are some raves from past attendees.

You’ve helped me build my professional toolbox! – Danielle DeFauw

I watched Mary Kole’s query webinar on Monday. Tuesday I wrote the most sweat-free query of my professional life. No joke! – Melissa

Mary is a masterful speaker, very engaging, and I loved the intimate, casual format. I’m sure I’ll revisit the webinar many times in the future! – Wendy Haugh

Very informative, well-organized and understandable. Definitely worth my time. – Dena Pawling

Mary’s webinar on Writing an Irresistible Query was not only extremely helpful but concise and to the point. She listed an example for each step of the query letter and explained it as well so that writing a query letter isn’t as taunting as it used to be. – R. Wong

This webinar was very helpful and answered many of my questions about writing a query letter as well as publishing in general. – Shawna

Mary always gives great advice and tips. This webinar was thorough and informative, plus she is a wonderful presenter. – Janet W.

An outstanding webinar. Mary Kole was energetic and concise. – A. Monroe

I’m so glad I took the time. The webinar was jammed-packed with tips and advice on what to do and what not to do. And, It covered everything from novels to picture books. I highly recommend Mary’s webinars. – Karen Cioffi

Ongoing

I’m very pleased to present a longform online class I recorded for Writing Blueprints called the Manuscript Submission Blueprint. It’s all about the agent and publisher submission process, and you can take it online at your own leisure.

Inside you’ll find over ten hours of video instruction, 30+ handouts to fill out that guide you through the agent and publisher research and submission steps, bonus interviews and videos, and an inside look from yours truly into one of the most important things you’ll do for your book!

August

Saturday, August 3rd, 11 a.m. Central:

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Query letters are the most controversial topic in publishing. They’re your foot in the door in the slush pile, and a good one will launch you toward your publishing goals. Learn how to write a compelling query from a former literary agent, get advice for agent and publisher research, and discover some surprising submission dos and don’ts. A paid webinar that includes comprehensive notes on your query letter. This webinar is geared to query writers of all categories, from picture book to novel to nonfiction. Not only will you hear a wealth of information about how to research agents and write a query, but your letter will be privately critiqued with helpful feedback. The cost of this webinar with the included critique is $69. The webinar will last 1 hour and 30 minutes.

If you can’t make the webinar date and time, don’t worry. Live attendance isn’t required, and you will receive a replay link to watch the presentation on demand, with no expiration date.

Follow this link to register for the Writing an Irresistible Query Webinar With Critique.

You have 30 days to submit your pages after the webinar date. The submission will be up to two double-spaced pages with 12 pt font and standard 1″ margins. Notes will be returned within a month of receipt.

Saturday, August 17th, 11 a.m. Central:

Every writer has heard about voice and how important it is, but few people seem willing or able to actually define it in a way that’s helpful. Here, I spend an hour tackling voice from the perspective of a former literary agent and creative writing teacher. What is voice? How do you develop it? How do you use it? Voice is more than just beautiful writing or a distinct character.

This webinar is for fiction and creative nonfiction writers of all skill levels, and in all categories. Even picture book writers are welcome! This hour-long exploration is just the beginning of what I hope will be a lifelong relationship between you and your very own writing voice.

If you can’t make the webinar date and time, don’t worry. Live attendance isn’t required, and you will receive a replay link to watch the presentation on demand, with no expiration date.

Follow this link to register for the Writing Irresistible Voice Webinar.

September

Saturday, September 7th, 11 a.m. Central:

interiority webinar

What is interiority, and why is it such a crucial tool in your writing toolbox? Character is crucial to hooking a reader, so how do you create one that leaps off the page, fully alive? I have spent ten years working in publishing and teaching the creative writing craft to thousands of writers. The more I work with writers of all skill levels, the more I’m convinced that learning to dive deeper into character and develop reader connection to your protagonist via interiority is the key skill that separates aspiring writers from successful authors.

In this webinar, I’ll discuss what interiority is, as well as where, when, and how to use it in your manuscript. This is a nuanced, living concept that you will, I hope, use for the rest of your writing life and apply to every manuscript you create. This webinar is for fiction and creative nonfiction writers of all skill levels, and in all categories. Even picture book writers are welcome! This hour-long introduction is just the beginning!

If you can’t make the webinar date and time, don’t worry. Live attendance isn’t required, and you will receive a replay link to watch the presentation on demand, with no expiration date.

Follow this link to register for the Writing Character Interiority Webinar.

Saturday, September 21st, 11 a.m. Central:

Webinars are more fun with friends. Join me for Kidlit in Conversation. This interview features writer Sara Cassidy, who works in multiple categories and has done a lot with smaller and medium presses.

What’s it like to switch from category to category within the children’s market? How do you liaise with a smaller publisher and promote your work? What’s it like to be on the other side, and living the author life? Find out as I welcome this very special guest!

Follow this link to register for the Kidlit in Conversation: Sara Cassidy Webinar.

Looking Ahead in 2019

October 5th: Writing Irresistible First Pages Webinar WITH CRITIQUE

October 26th: Kidlit in Conversation: Karsten Knight

November 16th: Writing Irresistible Voice Webinar

December 28th: Rock Your Writing Goals Webinar

If you’re on the fence about one of my events, please check out even more Speaking and Workshop Testimonials.