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LAURIE DOVE, author and instructor

Have you started writing a book… and then stopped? Do you have a book idea but aren’t sure how to execute it? Have you written a manuscript but don’t know how to navigate the complicated agenting or publishing process?

I get it.

Writing is often a solitary endeavor but succeeding at it isn’t. So let’s talk.

When you need a coach to guide the writing process, an editor to make your work shine or an instructor to offer a deep-dive into your craft, get in touch.

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Update: Because of high demand, appointments for new clients are limited. Review the options below and contact me to inquire about scheduling

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Advance your writing career through skills and strategies taught by a Harvard-educated award-winning
journalist, author and writing coach who is committed to your success.

Reading Like a Writer

To excel at writing fiction, a writer must understand the craft elements at work in fiction. To do so, it’s important to read and analyze stories from a writer’s perspective. By pulling back the veil, writers can learn how to craft their own remarkable fiction.

Each week, students will read a specific story in preparation for discussion of an aspect of craft. The reading consists of five short stories, which are provided, and a current novel, which students must obtain on their own.

If you seek to elevate your fiction writing, let those who have been there show the way. Once you learn how to closely read and analyze fiction, you unlock the key to understanding—and elevating—your own work.

Reading Fiction is open to writers of all levels. Students must be 18 years or older. Hurry, class size is limited! 6 weeks—August 7 to September 18—Sundays 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. CST    (no class Labor Day weekend)

Cost: $419 
One-on-One tuition: $1195 
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Crafting the Short Story

Writing a novel can seem like (and often is!) a daunting endeavor, yet writing a short story requires all the same fundamentals: a coherent point of view, well- developed characters, a plot that drives the action, and a setting that accentuates it all.

This course will offer an introduction to the basic building blocks of the short narrative. We will closely read some classics of the form, both old and recent, while we develop an understanding of specific craft elements with prompts and exercises. As the course continues, we will learn how to offer and receive constructive critiques and thoughtful feedback on a full-length story draft.

By the end of the course, students will have a story draft in hand, many ideas for future stories, and a toolkit of craft techniques for a variety of writing projects. This class will be held online, via zoom and in a private Facebook group. 2 weeks—10 calls—8 steps

Dates TBD

Cost: $597

Social Media Marketing for Writers

Join Laurie Dove, former president of Dove Media Group Inc. & High Plains Senior Marketing, award-winning journalist, and entrepreneur for a virtual social media marketing workshop this DATES TBD. Register today to learn how to use social media to build your platform and attract publishers, increase your book sales and market to your target audience.

2 Hour Workshop

Cost: $197

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Terms & Conditions

Please carefully read the following terms and conditions relating to your purchase of one-on-one coaching  with Laurie L. Dove. By registering for services, you agree to the terms and conditions below. If you do not consent to these terms and conditions, you should not purchase services.

General Terms & Conditions

You understand that I have made every opportunity to adequately represent the services offered and the potential outcomes. Services are designed to provide insight of the writing process and coach writers in achieving their writing goals. However,  individual results and success may vary depending upon many factors, including—but not limited to—writing skill, command of grammar and language, competency, knowledge, ability, commitment, and goals. I cannot and do not make any guarantees, representations, or warranties regarding any results or outcomes from your participation in services. By registering for  the services, you agree that, I shall not be held liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages, or any other economic loss arising directly or indirectly from services.

Any content review provided does not replace professional editing.


Payment in full will be received by Laurie L. Dove  no later than three (3) business days before date of commencement of services. Any scheduled services will be postponed until funds clear and payment is made in full. In the case of payments made in installments, services will be scheduled after each installment is received.

You understand that, by registering for services, you are claiming one of a limited number of spaces available. Any and all payments made in connection with services secure your space to the exclusion of another, said payments are therefore, considered non-refundable.

Should the situation so warrant, as in cases of unforeseen travel or illness, a full or partial refund of fees is solely at my discretion, should cancelled calls not be rescheduled and the coaching package cannot be completed.

Scheduling of services will be done through a digital calendar and is booked based on the mutual availability of the parties. At times, illness or travel may require a call to be cancelled or rescheduled. Rescheduled calls will not incur additional fees.


You understand and agree that the tools, materials, and information presented within my services are my confidential, copyrighted, and the proprietary information, and that you will not record, duplicate, distribute, teach or train from the materials without my express written permission. Any unauthorized use or distribution of this Intellectual Property is prohibited and may result in further legal action.

Relationship Between Parties

I am an independent contractor and nothing in these terms will be construed as establishing an employment or agency relationship between us.

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