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Lynne Griffin

The Writer's Toolkit (afternoon sessions)

Lynne Griffin, photo by Elena Seibert
Lynne Griffin, photo by Elena Seibert
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Author Lynne Griffin will lead three optional add-on workshop sessions called “The Writer’s Toolkit,” which will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, January 14-16 from 2:30–4 pm. These sessions are designed to help fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels with self-promotion, book marketing, career development, and media interaction.

The Toolkit costs $75 per class or $200 for all three. Register separately for one or two sessions below or here for all three. Registration is limited to 18 students per class and is open now.

All sessions will be held at the Custom House, 281 Front Street, 3rd Floor. Please contact with any questions.



Session 1 – Paths to Book Publication: Finding the Right Home for Your Work
The book publishing landscape is ever-changing and not all books are suited to being published traditionally. It’s also true that there is no one path or service that’s right for every writer. In this session, you’ll come to understand the variety of publishing paths available to you. We’ll be discussing how to make decisions about publication based on your long-term career goals, as well as the unique qualities of your work-in-progress. You will leave with a framework to help you be strategic about submitting your writing.

Register here for Session 1. Tuesday, January 14, 2:30–4 pm

Session 2 – Hooks & Pitches: Describing Your Work to Gain Reader Attention
In this interactive session, we will discuss how to talk about your work in order to achieve a specific goal such as compelling an agent to ask for pages, grabbing a publisher’s and/or reader’s interest, or even pitching the media for a story about you or your work. We’ll discuss various examples, brainstorm your writing’s core themes, and do helpful exercises, including working on how to craft your own “one-liner.” (This is a great follow-up to the first session.)

Register here for Session 2. Wednesday, January 15, 2:30–4 pm

Session 3 – Defining Success: How to Promote Your Work in Authentic Ways
The primary reason writers write is to communicate with others by stimulating interest or action from the reader. Your reasons for writing are uniquely emotional, and therefore the ways you define success are also deeply personal. In this session, you’ll examine your strengths as a writer and consider the writing activities that best align with your definition of success. Using tools that encourage clarification of your values, you’ll reflect on which aspects of living a literary life give you energy and joy, and how you might align these values with your promotion efforts.

Register here for Session 3. Thursday, January 16, 2:30–4 pm



Lynne Griffin is the author of the acclaimed novels Sea EscapeLife Without Summer, and Girl Sent Away, and the parenting guide Negotiation Generation. Her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in Solstice, Chautauqua, the Drum Literary Magazine, Salon, the Writer, School Library Journal, Parenting, the Boston Globe, Writer Unboxed, the Boston Herald, Psychology Today, HuffPost, and more.

Griffin teaches writing at GrubStreet in Boston and helped create Launch Lab, their strategic program for soon-to-be-published authors. She has acted as the prose writer in residence at the Chautauqua Institution and has moderated panels at national conferences such as GrubStreet’s the Muse and the Marketplace and the Boston Book Festival. Lynne is a developmental editor for fiction and nonfiction projects and lives with her family outside Boston.

Register here for all three sessions (discounted rate).