For Writers

Below are resources for writers. I teach writing workshops and make the slides and materials available here. You’re free to download them—even if you haven’t attended the workshop.

The Spreadsheet of Shame

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My customized word-count-tracking Excel sheet. Set your daily goals, and if you fall behind, watch the sheet turn red. That’s the shame part!
Download it

My Novel Template for Word

This is the template that includes the styles and macros I use to write novels. It’s basic but for some tweaks I now can’t live without.

Download it


Viable Paradise 2018

Daryl’s Amazing Rewrite Checklist

Thin Man Excerpt

David Mamet Memo

ICon Workshop
Tel Aviv, Israel 2013-09-23

Running from Bears—the 90-minute version

Class Slides

Contentless Scene Exercise

David Mamet Memo

Nittany Valley Writers
State College 2013-04-09

Running from Bears—the one-hour version

Class Slides

Contentless Scene Exercise

David Mamet Memo

Clarion West Workshop
Seattle 2013-03-03

Running from Bears

Class Slides

Contentless Scene

Contentless Scene — The Seven Situations

David Mamet Memo

Thin Man Excerpt

Excerpt from The Curious Incident

Shipping News Excerpt

Cryptonomicon pgs 270-271

“The Descendents” script excerpt:

Descendants Script

6 thoughts on “For Writers

  1. Hi Mr. Gregory,
    I host the podcast New Books in Science Fiction & Fantasy on the New Books Network. You can check it out here: I’d love to have you on the show to talk about Harrison Squared or anything else you’d like to muse about. It’ll be fun, I promise. Let me know if you’re interested. Thanks! Regards, Rob

  2. Hi Mr. Gregory, my name is CF and I’m currently in the process of adapting your story “Damascus” into a radio play. You and I have talked briefly on Twitter. You gave me the name of your agent, Seth Fishman, who I looked up but was unable to send an email due to a broken link. I’m curious if you have another way of contacting him?

  3. Hi Mr. Gregory,

    Thank you so much for these resources! This is incredibly generous.

    Also I just wanted to say that I fucking loved Spoonbenders! I was just bowled over by the the characters and the story. I could go on and rhapsodize and tell you everything that I loved about the book and all the parts that made me laugh and cry — but then this comment would be five pages long.

    So let me just say: this was a book that reminded me of why I love reading and made me fall in love with the act all over again.

    I can’t thank you enough for that immense gift!

    • Ilan, I’m disappointed that you couldn’t take the time to write at least 2 or 3 pages of comments. What else do you have to spend you time on?

      Just kidding! Thanks so much for reading, and for taking the time to tell me. I’m so glad you dug the book. And if you’re a writer, enjoy the resources. Cheers!

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