Community: Writers

USA Today bestseller Mary Buckham and I have been brainstorming partners for many years.  Now YOU have the chance to experience working through your story with Mary!

Click on any event for all the details or click here to register

For Unpublished and Published Writers:

  • Have you hit the point where you’re stuck in your story?
  • Have you gotten rejections praising your voice, characters, story concept with no offer to resubmit?
  • Do you need to find a more efficient way to create strong stories in a timely manner?
  • Do you want to write a bigger, more emotional story?
  • Want to make sure you have no gaping plot holes?

Maximum number of students is TWELVE, no exceptions. Open seating means you can sign up as an individual so you don’t have to organize a group.

The cost for each two day retreat is $450. Early registration is only $375. Must be registered and paid in full two weeks before event to receive early registration discount. (Want to discuss special payment arrangements? Contact Mary at

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Tip from Dianna: Find YOUR process! Don't let anyone - plotter, seat-of-pants writer, other - tell you that any one way to write is better/more creative/more efficient than another.  The only thing you must do is write the best story you can.



(Many have annual conferences - workshops and great place to meet other writers, agents, editors)

Society of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators

International Thriller Writers

Authors Guild

Sisters in Crime Inc

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Romance Writers of America (largest writing org)

Mystery Writers of America

Novelists Inc (NINC)

Kiss of Death (home of Daphne du Maurier Award)

Horror Writers Association



BREAK INTO FICTION®: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells by NYT best seller Dianna Love and Award-winning author Mary Buckham  - *2015 edition has been updated and comes with an offer for receiving the templates in printable form. 

Writing Active Setting by Mary Buckham is out (2013).  Setting can bog down your pacing ... or add rich story elements while exposing character and plot details that pull your reader deeper into a story.  Pick up a copy and take your writing up another entire level. 

Book Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell by Sheila English of COS Productions and Barbara Vey of Publishers Weekly. 

TIME TO WRITE, THINKING WRITE & LIVING WRITE are all wonderful books by Kelly L. Stone that show you how to be the most productive with your time and how to find that time to write.

Editor-Proof Your Writing by Don McNair (2013) is the book that every writer should have in their arsenal.  

GOAL, MOTIVATION & CONFLICT by Debra Dixon (Gryphon Printing)

THE FIRST FIVE PAGES by Noal Lukeman (ISBN# 068485743X)


THE WRITER’S DIGEST CHARACTER NAMING SOURCEBOOK (ISBN# 1582972958) by #1 NYT bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon.





All Writer Resources - Every service a writer needs in one location.




All Writer Workshops - A custom designed site that makes giving and taking a workshop so much easier.  

Mary Buckham - Award winning author teaches online classes and offers a manuscript evaluation service 

WriterUniv - Offers online classes in different aspects of craft

Writers Digest - Online writing workshops

Minotaur Writing Contest - annual contest with different themes each year for mystery/suspense/thriller writers