Nancy Sondel's Pacific Coast Children's Writers Workshop
16th Annual    September 28-30, 2018    Master Class to Masterpiece
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Kathleen (Kat) Dougherty

Kat DoughertyFrom the first breath of a story idea to a finished novel in need of direction, pacing or technique, Kat is ready to help you bring your story dreams to fruition. As past president of the Santa Cruz, California chapter of the Romance Writers of America, Kat has worked with both beginning and successfully-published writers on storycrafting, technique, and voice.

A veteran of many workshops, including Donald Maass’ renowned “Writing the Breakout Novel,” Kat has presented fiction sessions at the Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Workshop and led other writing-craft workshops.

Her critiques consistently garner praise:

Susan Brocker, New Zealand author of Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses (true story), and six other middle-grade novels (HarperCollins NZ) says:

“Kat’s extremely insightful comments on my new outline will help me on my journey.” 

Christy Lynn Fuller, high school teacher, says:

“When I first considered writing a novel, I had only a few ideas on a spreadsheet. I knew what I appreciated as a reader, but I didn’t have the tool set to implement those strategies. Kat helped me formulate the beginning of my novel and identify questions that the story would need to answer. She made me feel that my own questions were those that all beginning novelists ask.

“Kat showed me how to recognize and use tools to craft my story. I learned how to form story and character arcs, and stay focused on my message. Kat taught me terms such as the dark moment—a plot device I had inherently responded to as a reader, but had not consciously understood. Thanks to Kat's mentorship, I can now envision my life’s dream of completing a novel.”

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