One-Day Writing Intensive
Book your own writers conference!
Here’s how it works:
Be a conference host and attend for FREE!
All you need to do is get nine of your friends committed to attending this
one-day writing conference and secure a location. It’s not as hard as you think.
Talk to friends, family, co-workers, folks at church, teachers at the local school,
librarians, students, anyone interested in fiction writing.
And finding a location is a breeze. Does your local library have a community room
that can be used for free? How about a classroom at your church? Or your home
or a friend’s home? Anywhere with seating and access to a restroom will do!
Once we have the folks and a location I’ll do the rest. The seminar is from
8:00-4:00 with an hour lunch (on your own).
Now here’s the cool part. As host you’ll attend for free and get to custom design
the conference. Look at the standard schedule below. We can change anything.
Customize anything. It’s your call! Want to talk about Christian fiction in par-
ticular? No problem. Want to focus on suspense writing? No problem. Want to
learn about how to self-publish on Amazon? We can do that. Whatever you want.
This one-day conference is totally customizable to your group's needs or wants.
Cost is $50 per person. Lunch on your own (so it is preferable that the location
of the conference be within walking or easy driving distance of places to eat).
For now, I’d like to stay fairly local (within driving distance) to do these one-day conferences. So here are the metropolitan areas I’m open to (and anything nearby or in-between, of course!):
Pennsylvania locations: Hanover, York, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Reading, Lancaster, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Carlisle.
Maryland locations: Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Westminster, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bowie.
Virginia locations: Leesburg.
Not sure about a location? Just ask. Exceptions can be made!
STANDARD SCHEDULE . . .
Current Dates & Locations . . .
No Current Dates.
What Attendees Say About Mike's Workshops . . .
I took the 1-day writing course to hopefully polish up a couple of manuscripts that I have had rejected several times. The monetary and time investment in the class was well worth it. Mike's classes are very relaxed and follow a loose format that permits many opportunities for one to ask additional questions and clarify specific points on writing. I would highly recommend this to any author. It is a great class at a good price. I plan to review my work and implement many of his suggestions which I hope will make my novels more marketable. --Ed M.
Writing fiction is new for me, coaching is not. I have been coached throughout my life: first, as a young violinist, then as a cox’n of a women’s crew, and finally during my training to become a surgeon. With each endeavor there came a time for me to teach. Assuming both roles of the mentor/student relationship has given me some perspective.
Good coaches are balanced, patient, and honest with feedback. They know when tough love is required to push a stuck trainee forward. They sense when to run alongside with encouragement. Great coaches know when to stand back and let the student struggle so that the lessons learned are etched in memory. For them, each relationship is as unique as the individual student. Gifted coaches provide a scaffold for independence and customize their methods. The most effective coaches are great communicators. The best coaches have one additional trait. It is not about them. They care.
Mike cares. He is very prompt with critiques, reliable with phone calls, and holds himself and the student to a high standard of excellence. His rates are fair and his services can be individualized. I have found his instruction useful in lieu of writer’s conferences, and key in preparation for them. I highly recommend his services. –Linda D., MD
I recently attended my first fiction clinic. I was apprehensive at first about the clinic but Mike Dellosso’s laidback teaching style immediately put me at ease. Even while he showed me how to improve my novel, he never made me feel inadequate as a writer. I learned more about the craft of writing from three days in Mike’s class than I ever would’ve thought possible.In fact, I left the class feeling incredibly encouraged and eager to put my new skills into practice. If I’m ever presented with another opportunity to take one of Mike Dellosso’s classes, I will jump at the opportunity! –Raena R.
Mike helped me see errors in my syntax that I would have caught in a minute on a student’s paper but had just breezed by in my own writing. All the feedback was positively stated. He encouraged me to do better but also left me feeling that I can do better. He highlighted for me the good parts of the writing which helped boost my confidence. He knows how to write and how to communicate effectively and considerately. I’m definitely a fan of Mike, now. –Vicki D.
I’m thankful for Mike’s kind input. Critiquing without hurting the author’s pride is such a gift. Mike helped make this conference the best I have ever attended. Miracles abounded and Mike’s class was one of my personal miracles. I went to the writer’s conference with a very heavy heart and left amazingly uplifted. Thanks to each class member and especially our “leader”, Mike Dellosso, who brought so much understanding and unity to our group. And Mike’s even an outstanding author! –Maria Z.
Mike got down to the nuts and bolts challenging us to look beyond the norm to the “possible.” I felt stimulated to write more creatively, and outside my own box, seeing that the “possible” might just be deeper inside myself. One of the big take-aways from his class was what impact our words have on our readers–how we can touch those deeper spots within each person–ultimately for the good. I recommend taking a class from Mike. I’m looking forward to gleaning more from this inspiring and inspired teacher. –Donnalynn D.