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Authors Catherine Stine and Sarah Micklem Teach in Greece, June 2012!
It doesn't get better than writing on the beautiful island of Serifos

Catherine Stine
MU International Center and Department of English are pleased to announce their summer study abroad program in Greece during summer 2012. Missouri University Professor, Aliki Barnstone will lead a four-week, six credit hour program also open to non-MU undergraduate and graduate students. Course for credit can be arranged through your college. The program is also offered to non-MU participants as a not-for-credit workshop.

Application Deadline, February 20th, 2012

Course Description

Writing Fiction in and Beyond Genre–A Course in Two Parts

Part One: The Art of Speculation

Genre divisions in fiction are marketing conventions. They should not be boundaries to the imagination. To achieve what John Gardner called the "vivid and continuous dream" of fiction, a writer must speculate, scene after scene: what will my characters say and do, think and feel in this invented situation? How will they change? How is the story to be told? In the first two weeks of the course, taught by fantasy/science fiction writer Sarah Micklem, we will use short exercises as seeds for stories, and draw on the landscape, myths, and everyday life of Greece as a source for improvisation.

Sarah's website:

Part Two: Edgy Adventures in Crossover Land
The second part of the course will be taught by Catherine Stine, who writes for the young adult, crossover and new adult market, all red-hot current genres. In workshop-based classes, students will have an opportunity to receive detailed feedback on work started in Sarah's class, and additional stories and novels-in-progress. Catherine's particular expertise is on plotting, pacing and characterization, and designing custom exercises that address authors' specific needs. The current market and how to find a good agent will also be addressed.

Catherine's blog:

*Sarah and Catherine welcome writers of all genres, published authors and novices.

Application information & further program details:

Application Form: Click Here
Aliki Barnstone at or phone: 702 533 7169
Jason Kinnear at
Aliki's website:
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Catherine does manuscript evaluations, including substantive edits and line editing. For more details and pricing, please send an email that explains your particular project beginning with EVAL QUERY in the comment box.

She also moderates an ongoing workshop in writing fiction for the middle-grade and YA market. The workshop is located in downtown Manhattan. Participants get to workshop a chapter each time. Space is limited and a short writing sample is required. If interested, send her an email beginning with WORKSHOP INQUIRY in the comment box, and she will get back to you with details and price. Some testimonials follow.


"Catherine gives creative exercises, smart critiques, exposure to different genres, and nuts-and-bolts instruction on the mechanics of plotting a novel. I began the class with a three-sentence story idea, and within a few months, I had a book contract. I can't recommend her class highly enough."

Holly Kowitt, author of the middle grade novel, The Sweetheart Deal (Scholastic 2009)

"I highly recommend Catherine's course. She provides a useful overview of the various categories of children's books and the elements of storytelling. She also gives detailed feedback on your writing and is particularly helpful with plot development. I enjoyed every class we had."

Julie Sternberg, a former student whose delightful early chapter book, My Bibi is forthcoming with Amulet Books!

"Catherine's workshops motivated me to write consistently and provided me with literary tools and techniques that enhanced my work. I especially benefited from her insightful critiques. I highly recommend her class to both aspiring and established writers. She's also resourceful about the business of writing and publishing."

Renee Watson, author of her picture book A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House 2010) and a novel, What Momma Left Me (Bloomsbury)