• Where Writers Thrive and Stories Soar

    Workshops | Coaching | Community

    Novels and memoirs are rough. Tough. They require diligence and creativity and abandon and discipline. They like to disobey the best of planning, fly off into their own spheres. If you're in the midsts of writing one, you know what I mean.

     

    The best advice I can give is to hang on for the ride and finish the work. Without the words, there's nothing really to shape and edit.

     

    But it's easy to give up. The premise doesn't sit right. The middle is a morass and swamp. The end is nowhere in sight. The character's goals are muddy, too small, too big. The day job is overwhelming. You think of packing it in. You're alone with the writing, and no one cares if you finish or not.

     

    But still the novel is there waiting. You think of it. All. The. Time. You know the story matters. And you're the one to tell it.

     

    That's where Novelitics comes in.  

    I'm here to help you achieve your goal of finishing that novel or memoir that burns in your soul. I'm a novelist, too. I know some of the highs and lows. I have deadlines and proposals and marketing and all the other stuff that goes with novel writing. And, through structure, feedback, weekly lessons, and deadlines, I want to help you get from Chapter One to The End.

     

    From monthly workshops and masterclasses, to novel and memoir coaching, to THE WRITERS WELL, a vibrant community that meets once a week to inspire and learn, Novelitics is home.

  • The Writers Well

    WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEETING ON ZOOM

    Writing can be isolating -- hours at the desk or researching, wondering if our stories work or even where to go to ask for help. That's where Novelitics comes in! This is your writing community to talk about craft, join our weekly Writers Well on Zoom, attend workshops, work with a novel coach - and have a place to talk and share ideas. We have writers from all over the United States writing and talking about different genres, processes, ideas...some weeks we talk craft. Other weeks we have a special Writers Read, where you hear you work read out loud and receive feedback.

     

    Through it all? We are a powerful, safe, and supportive community that loves to see each of our successes!

     

    Here are a few things that make our community special:

    • We've got polls, prompts, posts, and questions that can bring more writers into conversation in a space that's all our own.
    • We've got Topics to organize our activity, Search to find what we're looking for, and Save Post for you to quickly come back to your favorites.
    • You can direct message. You can also post and have threaded conversations.
    • We have virtual workshops and events.
    • We can keep conversations and messaging going before, during, and after our events.
    • We will also organize smaller groups, for Novel Coaching members and  our own online courses.

    Try it out with our 30 day free trial!

  • Workshops

    The Road to Publication - Sept 8, 15, 22, 29

    Join Novelitics September 8-29 for four sessions on the Road to Publication. We will look at the highs and lows, nuts and bolts, and ups and downs of working with large and small presses (including the realities of marketing), indie publishing, finding the (right) agent, and end with an Open Q&A where you can ask any burning questions and learn more about the Novelitics community. Panelists include published authors who have been through the trenches - and authors actively seeking agents and happy to share their experiences and success. This event is one hour in length and free of charge.

     

    September 9th: Tradition Publishing - A look at the ups and downs of large and small press publication (and the realities of marketing) with Tonya Brown (The Queen's Almoner - Late November Literary); Tonya Mitchell (A Feigned Madness - Cynren Press) and Kim Taylor Blakemore (After Alice Fell - Lake Union Publishing).

     

    September 15th: Indie Publishing - A look at the nuts & bolts of indie publishing with Annette Dashofy (Death by Equine) and Jacqueline Vick (The Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic Mysteries; The Harlow Brothers Mysteries)

     

    September 22nd: Finding (the Right) Agent - a look at the tips and tricks for finding and agent for your book, with words of advice from authors who have successfully signed and those currently submitting. With Maryka Biaggio (The Point of Vanishing); Robert Gwaltney (The Cicada Tree); Annie Tupek (Leaving Onishi Station - on submission); Gail Priest (Soul Dancing - on submission)

     

    September 29th: Your chance to ask questions about any of the panels or the publication process and learn about the Novelitics community.

     

    Saturdays September 9th-29th

    4:30p - 5:30p Pacific Time

    via Crowdcast

    Free of charge

     

    2021 Writers Series Session 7 | Point of View | September 18, 2021

     

    Whose story is it, really? And is it best told in 1st or 3rd or something else all together? in this workshop we will explore our narrator's voice, experimenting with 1st person, 3rd limited, omniscient, and narrative distance in order to find that strongest, most compelling voice for our story. Expect to write to prompts and share your work.

     

    September 18th, 9:30a-12:30p Pacific Time

    $59

     

    2021 Writers Series Session 8 | Show, Don't Tell | October 23, 2021

    Let us live the story with your narrator - show us what they uniquely feel, think, experience. In this workshop we will experiment and share our work as we get out of telling and into showing.

     

    Saturday October 23, 2021

    8:30a - 11:30a Pacific Time

    $59

     

    MASTER CLASS: Writing Historical Mysteries & Thrillers | 6 weeks | January 15 - February 19, 2022

     

    The past is a foreign country. - L.P. Hartley

     

    So are the forensics and the choice of crime. Arsenic or laudanum? Constables or coppers? Steal a carriage or hop a boxcar? Without forensics, cell phones, get away cars, fingerprinting, or telephone, crime and punishment are indeed from a foreign country. And so so ripe for a good mystery...

     

    This online live workshop will strengthen your connection to your story's past. We'll spend six weeks learning research strategies, getting the mood and voice right for the times, researching historical crime, and creating a rich suspenseful historical novel. Expect homework!

     

    Saturdays Jan 15-Feb 19, 2022

    9:30a - 12:30p Pacific Time

    Limited to 10 writers.

    $345

     

  • One-on-One Novel Coaching

    Novelitics Coaching

    Feedback + Accountability = Finished Manuscript

    If you are looking for accountability and deadlines, plus individual feedback on your story, narrative drive, character development and what needs to happen to make your novel tick (and readers turning pages) this program is for you. You will submit pages and receive in-line developmental notes and comments on your story, plus answers to questions you want me to focus on while reading. We will schedule Zoom meetings to review the work and plot out the next steps.

     

    Coaching includes:

    • Weekly or monthly manuscript feedback sent via email of your evolving work
    • Discounted access to the Writers Wells community membership and link to weekly meeting
    • Discounts on Writers Series workshops (50% off)
    • Access to dynamic writing community
    You may submit weekly or monthly, or a full manuscript.
     
    I specialize in historical fiction, historical mystery/thriller and women's fiction.

     

    Questions? Let's talk. Click the button below to schedule a Zoom meeting.

    Developmental Editing

    Submissions based on project - email to set up a time to discuss your project.

    You've finished the first draft. Congratulations! That is a big bold accomplishment to be proud of.

     

    Now come the revisions.

     

    If you would like another eye on your novel, looking at structure, arc, characterization. pacing and all the elements that make a novel a page turner, I provide a developmental eye. I specialize in historical fiction, historical mystery/thriller and women's fiction.

     

    Pricing is customized to your project. Please email me for more information and pricing structure.

    The First Pages

    Submission + 30 minute Zoom call

    Your opening pages make a lasting impression on your reader - and carry a great responsibility. Here we establish setting, tone, pace, genre. In these few pages we offer the reader a taste of what is to come, hooking them through conflict, character, and stakes.

    Are your opening pages up to the task? Opening paragraph? Opening line? Through feedback, prompts, and rewriting, this is your chance to deepen the opening and lay the groundwork for the story to come.

     

    After registering, we will set up submission time - you may submit up to 2,500 words. After I have reviewed your work, we will meet for a 30-min Zoom call to review notes and set up a plan for revisions.

     

    Cost: $79

    Query Letter Review

    Looking for an outside eye on your query letter and the all important pitch paragraph?

     

    Two submissions with a Zoom call to review and revise.

     

    Cost $59

    Story Well

    One-on-One Consultations

    Need some clarity on your story arc? Main character goals? Pinch points? Want me to look at a scene? Do you need a sounding board for your story and plots points? I am offering half-hour Zoom calls to listen, ask questions, and provide a road map forward for your story. Writers can register for single consultations at $25 each, or purchase a 4-pack to use at any time for $80. *Note - this is a time to brainstorm, and does not involve submitting pages. Please see other products should you be interested in manuscript feedback.

     

    Here's the details:
    WHEN: After registering, we will set up a time that is convenient for you.
    WHERE: Zoom - you will receive the link once registered

     

    Cost: $25-$80

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  • Apps I Love

    These are my favorite tools to plan, plot, and write a novel.

    Story Planner

    Early Days

    This is the program I use to run a story idea through hits paces, strike a working synopsis, and create character arcs.

    Plottr

    ​Early - Complete First Draft

    This is the program I use in conjunctions with Scrivener, where I lay out the chapters and scenes - and have a bird's eye view of the beats and story.

    Scrivener

    First Draft - Final Draft

    Made for novelists. I break my chapters into scenes, and Scrivener makes it easy to move scenes around. A learning curve for sure, but once you've figured out what works for your process, this is a powerful tool.

    Power Thesaurus

    First Draft - Final Draft

    Love this. Adore it. Worship it.

  • About Me

    Kim Taylor Blakemore

    Historical Fiction

    I am the author of the Amazon bestselling historical thriller AFTER ALICE FELL, and Goldie and WFWA Star Award Finalist THE COMPANION. Other historical novels include BOWERY GIRL, and the WILLA Award winner for Best YA Fiction, CISSY FUNK. Look for my upcoming historical thriller, THEDECEPTION, in October 2022.

     

    I have taught creative writing workshops in person and virtually since 2010. Classes are experiential, with writing exercises and feedback focused on skills that strengthen prose and story. I've taught a range of writers, from beginning to published, and workshops benefit writers of novels, short stories, memoirs and creative nonfiction. I am a three-time grant recipient from Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for my manuscripts THE COMPANION and THE GOOD TIME GIRLS, and a winner of a Tucson Festival of Books Award for The Companion.

    Please visit: www.kimtaylorblakemore.com

    What Writers Are Saying

    Endorsements

    Kim’s workshops are always stimulating and rich with resources. She shows up prepared and has a knack for meeting the individual writer at his/her particular stage of development. Her style is encouraging and accepting. I highly recommend her to writers of all levels! - Maryka Biaggio, author, Parlor Games (Conjuring the Past: Writing Historical Fiction, Novel Intensive)

     

    If you want to take your writing to the next level, I highly recommend filling your writing toolbox with the valuable golden nuggets you will learn from Kim. - Joyce Kostakis (Craft of Fiction)

     

    I have studied in several of Kim’s workshops. As soon as I completed one, I couldn’t wait until the next. Kim is a mentor of the highest caliber. Her workshops are full of warmth, wit, and support. She brings a laser sharp intelligence and a deep commitment to the craft of making art with words. I cannot imagine my life as a writer without the insight I’ve gained from working with Kim. - Gail Lehrman (Craft of Fiction,

    Weekly Writes, Conjuring the Past: Historical Fiction)

     

    For more references, feel free to email me.

  • Contact Me

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