Gloria Kempton

Gloria KemptonGloria Kempton has two passions: writing and working with writers. As the daughter of a successful freelance writer, she understood from an early age how to arrange the elements of an effective story so as to connect with readers: an action-filled plot, characters the reader will remember, a setting that enhances the plot, conflict that challenges the protagonist, tension-filled dialogue. When she submitted her very first story, it immediately sold. Since then she has published more than 600 stories and articles in more than sixty publications in the juvenile, young adult, family and religious markets.

Gloria has also written two novels and eight nonfiction books. She is currently working on several projects; a mainstream novel, a book of essays about her years as a prison volunteer, and a book for writers on unlocking the unconscious. She coaches writers in the Seattle area and teaches creative writing classes at writers conferences. Gloria is a former Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest magazine, and her most recent book is Write Great Fiction: Dialogue (Writer’s Digest Books). Gloria also developed the Writing Effective Dialogue and Voice and Viewpoint workshops for Writers Online Workshops.

Is getting published your goal? Many of Gloria’s students are achieving their publishing goals. Recently, after reviewing a student’s literary essay seven times, the student emailed that it was being published in The Boston Globe. Another student received a three-book contract and a six-figure advance for her young adult series. Many others have been published in national magazines and received contracts from publishers.

As the former editor of two magazines, acquisitions editor at a publishing house, and a freelance novel and nonfiction book editor at ten major publishing houses, Gloria understands what happens on both sides of the desk. In her classes, you will find support and encouragement, as well as honest evaluation of your work. You can count on being asked a lot of questions that will help you get to the core of what it is that you want to communicate in each piece that you write. Instruction is individualized because you are unique and your writing should reflect your unique voice.

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