OUR EXTRA GOODIES
Have you signed up for a workshop and want to get a jump start on some of the exercises? Or maybe you just need a good book to read on the plane or a special gift? Browse our goodies below.
Shortlisted for an Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction!
According to common wisdom, we all have a book inside of us. But how do you select and then write your most significant story―the one that helps you to evolve and invites pure creativity into your life, the one that people line up to read? In Rewrite Your Life, creative writing professor, sociologist, and popular fiction author Jessica Lourey guides you through the redemptive process of writing a healing novel that recycles and transforms your most precious resources―your own emotions and experiences.
This fact-to-fiction process provides not only the essential building blocks of best-selling novels, but is also personally transformative. Tender, raw, and laugh-out-loud funny, Rewrite Your Life offers both a map and a compass for those seeking to harvest their life experiences to craft a rich, powerful work of fiction.
This 10-module, entertaining, free online course teaches you how to harvest your life experiences to heal, lead a more authentic life, and write a powerful book.
Designed to help aspiring, stuck, or visual writers, Better than Gin: A Coloring Book for Writers combines art and narrative to stimulate your creative brain while silencing your self-doubt. The result? You get to finally write that story you're meant to write.
Flesh out your characters, structure your plot, build a cinematic setting and more, all with guided sketching, coloring, and narrative exercises designed to soothe, guide, and inspire. No exceptional drawing or creative writing skills required. You just have to be willing to color, create, and relax.
And then write.
A lush, bewitching novel about poisonous secrets, powerful love, and the magic we all carry. "Think Alice Hoffman...spell-binding!" ―Midwest Book Review
"Prolific mystery writer Lourey tells of a matriarchal clan of witches joining forces against age-old evil...The novel is tightly plotted, and Lourey shines when depicting relationships―romantic ones as well as tangled links between Catalains." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Lourey expertly concocts a Gothic fusion of long-held secrets, melancholy, and resolve...Exquisitely written in naturally flowing, expressive language, the book delves into the special relationships between sisters, and mothers and daughters." ―Publishers Weekly
Inspired by a terrifying true story, a heart-pounding novel of suspense about a small Minnesota town where nothing is as quiet—or as safe—as it seems.
Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them. All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.
One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.
Aine believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Missouri, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside Tom Sawyer for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.
As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the fictional worlds... if she can stay alive.
"I laughed, gasped, and cried (all out loud)." -Catriona McPherson, author of Scot and Soda
Librarian and aspiring PI Mira James has discovered one corpse a month for each of the eleven months she's lived in Battle Lake, Minnesota. She'd give her left foot to break that streak this April.
Then she stumbles across that disturbing note, and a Battle Lake girl vanishes.
She follows the note's trail and is horrified to discover that it leads to her father, who died 13 years earlier. It's a race against the clock to crack the secret he carried to his grave in time to save the girl.