Are you writing a novel? Do you need a writing coach to keep you accountable and provide feedback as you go? Join Margo L. Dill in an online workshop environment, where you can work with her to get a first or second draft of a novel completed. Novelists for almost any genre (no erotica or extreme violence please) are welcome. Depending on your needs, Margo will also provide you with resources on writing novels and help with writing a synopsis and query letter. There are two tracks for the class, starting in 2020, if you need help planning a novel before you've written anything!
2020 price: $140.00 (Classes start the first Friday of every month!)
Testimonials: " I owe my renewed enthusiasm for my long-suffering novel to Margo’s WOW! Writing a Novel with a Writing Coach class. Her critiques were informative and respectful. I’m now refocusing the novel and will take this course again. I highly recommend Margo."
– Elizabeth Maggio
"I have taken a few classes with Margo over several years. I walked away smarter as a writer with an actionable to-do list. As a writing coach, she was honest and challenged me in unexpected ways. I highly recommend her."
– Marie Hanson
My article: Novel Writing: Choosing a Method That Works Best for You
An interview with me from Coach.Me: The Prodcutive Writer: An Interview with Author Margo Dill
When you type “The End” at the completion of your manuscript, you feel a sense of accomplishment and often relief. But soon questions arise of what to do next. If you are looking for someone to help you, Margo Dill, author and editor, offers a manuscript draft editing package to help writers who are looking for someone to read their entire manuscript in a short amount of time and offer feedback on the whole project.
Are you lost on how to turn your draft into a published book? Are you too close to your story? Do you need someone to read the whole manuscript and give you some suggestions—what is working and what is not? Margo can help! In this package, she will: read through your draft (up to 100,000 words), create a bullet point list of what works in the draft and what doesn’t, write at least a one-page letter on suggestions for revision and what to do next and schedule a 30-min phone or video consultation to discuss suggestions and answer questions on the feedback. This also includes 25% off on future services on this manuscript only (no expiration date). For WOW! writers only, this package also comes with a page of technical edits. Margo will list errors to look for in your manuscript that she noticed while reading. 2021 Price: $399.00
Testimonial: I’ve recommended Margo to all of my writing friends and colleagues. There’s nobody else I’d send my work to...She pointed out the positives, but she also told me what I needed to hear if I ever wanted my manuscript to get published: the story needed major revisions. However, Margo gave me specific suggestions for scenes." ~Sioux Roslawski
If you’re currently writing or want to write a middle-grade or young adult novel, this is the course for you! Margo has written both, edited tons, taught workshops on how to write these, and shared novels in classrooms and assemblies with kids, too. In this course, you will learn what makes a middle grade or young adult novel successful, how to plot one, how to relate to the audience, and popular novels that kids and teens love. Margo will be referring to popular novels such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Holes, Twilight, Hunger Games, and more. It is not necessary to buy these books; but as you know, if you want to write for kids and teens, it is necessary to be familiar with the genre. Finally, you will receive a critique on the first two chapters of your novel or up to 20 pages. When you finish this class, you will have a novel plan, understand the genre you are writing and the audience you’re writing for, and have one to two chapters written with feedback.
2020 Price: $180: Classes are offered at various times throughout the year.
Testimonial: "Margo was invaluable in the early stages of my writing and later as I worked on my first YA novel. She was supportive when I needed it and her critiques were filled with constructive comments. She was especially helpful as I struggled to find my voice...As I submitted chapters each week, our work together felt like a team effort, and I knew she wanted my story to come to life." ~ Leah B. Eskine
THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY NOT BEING OFFERED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN 2022.
If you are a children’s or a YA author or an illustrator, then part of your book marketing will be participating in school visits, author talks, and children’s book festivals, where the majority of your audience are kids or teens. For the introverted author or someone who doesn’t have vast experience talking to large groups of children and teens, this can be terrifying. Plus, a whole lot of questions arise for these authors—discussion boards are full of these questions—such as: How much do I charge? How do I let schools know I exist? How do I hold the interest of my audience for 45 minutes to an hour? What if they’ve never heard of me or my books? How do I sell books at these talks if my audience is made up of kids at school?
In this class, we will explore the answers to these general questions as well as individual questions that pertain to the students in each session. This course is like the writing conference workshop you always wished organizers would include—and more!
2020 price: $99 (Classes are offered at various times throughout the year. Click the button for more details.)
Testimonial: "Margo Dill and I were in ... Working Writer’s Club, and she taught workshops by phone for the club. They were informative and well planned. Her years of experience were evident in these workshops." ~ Marlene Hibbard
My blog post: Should I Only Accept Speaking Engagements that Pay?
Are you looking for a class that you don't see listed here? I am familiar with most of the classes that WOW! offers in a range of subjects from writing literary fiction to essay writing, from marketing and building a platform to productivity. If you are looking for a class, all of WOW!'s instructors are experienced and vetted. Check out the classes by clicking the button below. Or email me at margolynndill (at) gmail.com because I also do writing coaching, and I can design a program for you.
I'm happy to help you pick out a class or answer questions about instructors or put you in touch with WOW!'s classroom managers!
Besides being a teacher for 16+ years, I have conducted school assemblies, writing workshops for kids and adults, keynote speeches, teacher trainings, Skype lectures,webinards, and more.
If you want to hire me as a speaker, my rates are reasonable! Rates can also be reduced if your school or organization is willing to sell books at the event or pre-order them, also to help subsidize the cost.
Bulk pricing is available for all my books, so if you want to order a book for each student or several classroom sets--or even a book for each conference attendee, please contact me by clicking here for my email.
I can offer several testimonials from teachers and conference chairs who have hired me to speak. I have a master's degree in elementary education and a bachelor's degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.
Testimonial: "Margo 's workshop on WOW led me to build and enjoy creating a blog site. She was an orderly instructor with good follow through." ~Claire Hyman
You can check out more information and specific details about my workshops and school visits on my Speaker page. Just click the button below!
My article: How to Plan a Writers' Conference on WOW! Women On Writing e-zine. Check it out here.
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