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Online Writing Workshop with Jeanette Taylor and Margo McLoughlin

for writers of fiction and non-fiction

 hosted by the McLoughlin Gardens Society

Six Sessions, February 11 to April 29, 2023

Alternate Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Via Zoom

 This series will suit fiction and nonfiction writers with a manuscript well underway—and in need of a kickstart through topical discussion, exercises, collegial input and a structured schedule. There will be readings to spark discussion, and participants must submit 1200 words from their current project and details about their writing challenges.

The overarching goal workshop goal is for you to generate new material; and share writing and skill development with peers. The instructors will build a portfolio of your new writing, as you strive to add several new chapters to an in-process draft.

The six sessions will alternate between facilitated peer critique and instruction, covering topics such as: the shapely story, live-wire characters, self-editing and revisions, satisfying beginnings, middles and ends, and publishing options. Instructors will provide detailed feedback for at least one of your writing submissions.

Please pre-order Imaginative Writing, The Elements of Craft, Janet Burroway. Used copies are available online through ABE Books.

Instructors Jeanette Taylor and Margo McLoughlin will team teach each session, giving you the benefit of their diverse backgrounds in fiction, nonfiction and storytelling. (For more, see their CVs below.)

Meet the Workshop Facilitators:

Jeanette Taylor has five nonfiction books in print, with a sixth set for release spring 2023; a biography in process; and a novel underway. Jeanette serves as a one-on-one coach and has been teaching writing workshops for over a decade. She delights in seeing participants gain confidence and enthusiasm.

Margo McLoughlin is a writer, storyteller, and teacher based in Victoria, but with a long association to the Comox Valley. Margo is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has published articles and translations and is currently completing a chapter book for children.


Call Jeanette at 250-285-3651 for more details or Margo at Register through the McLoughlin Gardens Society: