Will write for chocolate

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Writing Craft and Publishing Business Workshop

presented by international bestselling author Laura Florand

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Open to the public
Location: Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, Saint Louis, MO
Fee: Early bird MORWA chapter members: $65  Early bird non-members: $75 
After August 30: Members: $75 Non-members $85

Lunch included in workshop fee.

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Morning Workshop

Sense and Sensuality: Literary Foreplay from Page One

Sensuality. Just as in real life, it’s not only about the bedroom. Learn how to imbue your writing with texture and emotion from page one and engage your readers in a sensual experience well beyond your sex scenes. 

In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore scents, tastes, and textures as they work to increase the sensual appeal of their writing and the emotional depth of that sensuality throughout the story. Bring your pens and notebooks, as we will be writing. 

Known for her own sensuous writing, bestselling and award-winning author Laura Florand will draw on over a decade of experience teaching writing to help you reach the full sensual potential of your setting and characters.


Afternoon Workshop

Will Write for Chocolate? Entrepreneur, Artist, Human—Defining Your Success and Reaching for It

Entrepreneur. Artist. Human. It’s no secret that a writer has to wear more than just her creative hat. But in an ever-changing publishing world, bombarded with messages about other authors’ successes and what you should be doing, how do you keep your focus on your own goals, set the path that takes you to them (and not to someone else’s), and develop practices for a sustainable, productive career that protects your business’s own most vital resource —you? 

In this hands-on workshop, you will develop your own artist’s plan—defining what you want and your best practices for getting it. This isn’t a business plan. It’s a creative plan. What do you want, why do you want it, and what are doing to avoid getting it?

About Laura Florand

Laura Florand is the international bestselling author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss, etc). Her books have appeared in ten languages, been nominated for Reviewers Choice Best Book of the Year, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. NPR named The Chocolate Kiss one of the Top 100 Most Swoon-worthy Romances of all time.


Laura was born in a small town in Georgia, but the travel bug bit her early. After a Fulbright year in Tahiti, a semester in Spain, and backpacking in New Zealand and Greece, she ended up living in Paris, where she met and married her own handsome Frenchman. You can find out quite a bit more about those crazy adventures in her memoir, Blame It on Paris. She is now a lecturer in Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, that means she studies and teaches French language and culture, rather than romance. Fortunately, French culture includes French chocolate, research to which she is very dedicated.

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Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel

Reserve before Sept. 20, 2017 to guarantee special rate of $119 per night.

The hotel is located in Westport Plaza in St Louis with access to restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

Make a reservation with our group rate!