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Tracy C. Gold

AUTHOR, EDITOR, TEACHER

Virtual School Visits and Workshops

I currently offer workshops about creative writing and publishing for any age range, drawing on my experience publishing short stories, essays, and poems, and working for a literary agent. I am happy to create custom workshops. Popular topics include plotting novels, querying agents, submitting short stories and essays to publications, and the revision process. Join my newsletter to be notified when registration for future courses go live.

I offer school visits for students from preschool through middle school. PreK through second grade is my sweet spot.

Depending on age group, these interactive visits focus on the process of researching, writing, revising, and publishing, as seen through the lens of my two picture books, “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat,” published by Sourcebooks eXplore, which was in the Scholastic Book Club catalog in Fall 2021, and “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby,” published by Familius in April 2021. I am also happy to customize school visits. “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat” is about a bat trick-or-treating and includes fun rhymes and facts about bats! It would be a great book to help your class learn about wildlife and celebrate Halloween. I have also been giving students sneak peeks of my book forthcoming in 2023, “Call Your Mother.” We discuss the editing process and what “illustration notes” look like in a manuscript.

I am currently only planning virtual visits due to uncertainty around Covid, but I am open to creative outdoors, distanced events as well.

Please contact me at tracycgold@gmail.com to start planning a workshop or visit!

Student Evaluation Highlights

“Tracy Gold created the perfect atmosphere and sense of community to nurture the class members as writers. The class was incredibly useful, practical, and inspiring.”

“Tracy was an amazing instructor and I looked forward to class every week.”

“Tracy was amazing, would love to have her teach this course again!”

“I just wanted to write a sincere thank you for teaching a fantastic course – online, no less. You were organized, thoughtful, had a good balance of weighing in and stepping back in conversation, shared an abundant amount of resources, and I think what I most appreciated was your honest approach to all things writing-related…I also appreciate the emphasis on the importance of marketing (which I never think about when writing poems), contracting, querying, social media, and the overall publishing landscape for authors.” 

Upcoming Courses

“Writing Your Novel” via Johns Hopkins University’s Odyssey Program (virtual and open to anyone)

February 28, 2022 – May 2, 2022

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:15 PM ET

Registration information


Write that novel you’ve been dreaming about, with support and guidance. This is the second part of a two-semester course that is designed as a standalone and a pairing; new students are welcome and will receive additional asynchronous instruction. This course will cover what makes a good novel concept and approaches to drafting a novel. Students will receive feedback from each other and the instructor on outlines and excerpts of their work in progress. The course will also address next steps for revising and publishing novels. Students may follow course goals to finish half of a novel in each semester or find their own pace. Memoirists are welcome to join.

Free Videos and Webinars

I prefer a more interactive format, but here are a few videos and webinars I have recorded!

“5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing,” recorded for Authority Magazine

“Professional Editors Fix and Polish Writing Extracts Submitted by Authors,” recorded with Reedsy

“How to Write Multiple POVs the ‘Game of Thrones Way” recorded with Reedsy

(Note, includes examples of violence found in “Game of Thrones,” not for small children)

Select Past Classes

“Writing a Brilliant First Page” Mini Virtual Class with Johns Hopkins Odyssey, April 2021, four sessions on Tuesday nights

“The Basics of Writing Picture Books” via Orange County Library System, Spring 2021

“Writing Your Novel,” 10-week online course, Fall 2020, via Johns Hopkins Odyssey program