Wednesday, 24 January 2024


Feeling It: Creating emotional depth in your novel
with Karen Krossing & Laura Shovan
7:00 PM ET – 8:30 PM ET, ONLINE
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Emotionally deep stories grab readers’ attention and encourage them to care about the characters and their world. It’s one way to improve your writing and craft stories that readers (and agents and editors) connect to. Join award-winning, MFA-level instructors Karen and Laura for a deep-dive into getting your characters’ emotions on the page.

Participants will submit ten, double-spaced pages and receive feedback from one of the instructors.

Find out more and register now at Whale Rock Workshops.

MARCH 2024

Panel Discussion: The Disappearing Bookshelf: Why You Should Write Kidlit in the Era of Book Challenges
With award-winning authors Laura Shovan, Heather Murphy Capps, and Meg Kuyatt Eden

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 2024
Saturday, March 9th at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD

For more information on the Bay to Ocean Conference, click here.

APRIL 2024

Poetry and Verse Novel Mini-Course
Online at The Highlights Foundation

April 11 and April 18, 2024 – Details TBA

Poetry Techniques for the Verse Novelist

Sign up for my private course! I have designed this class for both those individuals who aren’t confident in their poetry writing skills and for people who might have strong poetry skills but who haven’t yet worked on an extended narrative in verse. The class will cover:

· Word & Line

· Form & Stanza

· Meaning

· Internal/External Plot & Dialogue

· Building a Scene with a Suite of Poems

· Building a Manuscript

Class dates will likely fall in April and May 2024. All six classes will be 90 minutes with recordings available to participants afterwards if requested.

I am offering all six 90-minute sessions for only $500. Your course fee includes an optional 30-minute private consultation to all participating students.

If it seems like Poetry Techniques is a good fit for your 2024 literary goals, you can get more information or apply to register by emailing me directly at

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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