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.

Popular Handouts

Here are the handouts I most often teach from. Some of these won’t make sense without hearing the lecture.

Daryl’s Amazing Rewrite Checklist A revision checklist for stories, scenes, and sentences

Thin Man Excerpt A scene from Dashiell Hammett’s classic. Can you identify each character’s intention in each line?

David Mamet Memo The playwright’s three rules for making every scene dramatic.

Seven Scenes An exercise for creating dramatic scenes based on intentions

The Spreadsheet of Shame

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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


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!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s