For writers who want real results


Developed by an editor with 20 years of experience working with new authors

Hong Kong time 10 am to 1215 noon via Zoom
July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug 1
(English language)

5 weeks (over 12 hours) for only HKD2450

A PRACTICAL writing course that pinpoints exactly what writers need to know in order to give their manuscripts the best chances of success! 

Learn all the important elements of writing and avoid the awkward mistakes that all beginners makeYou'll also get invaluable weekly feedback, as well as a chance to workshop your writing with the class.

And, unique to this course, you'll receive CONCRETE and ACTIONABLE next steps and guidance on how to get started as a writer either through traditional or indie publishing.

Instructor bio:
Maloy Luakian has worked in editing for over 20 years after getting her start at Macmillan Asia Pacific. She has edited award-winning fiction and non-fiction books in genres ranging from literary fiction and memoir to thrillers and romances and worked closely with clients including independent presses and Amazon.
She specializes in helping new writers develop and get their manuscripts ready for publication.

one (June 27, 2021):

Expanding story ideas
Character work: integrating believable characters in your story
Voice and style: how writers can express their narrative voices
Dialogue: making it work for your story
Writing exercise homework:
Character voices

Week two (July 4, 2021):
Exercise feedback
Genre and plot: how they work together with character
Comprehensive plot structure: outlines that actually improve your story
Plot twists: avoiding the cringe trap
Writing exercise homework:
Plot mapping

Week three (July 11, 2021):
Exercise feedback
World building: integrating it into your story
Foreshadowing: using the bucket technique
Point of view: telling the story in the best format
Writing exercise homework:
World and character immersion

Week four (July 18, 2021):
Exercise feedback
Writing the first chapter: what to put in, what to take out
Pacing: how to keep the reader hooked through each chapter
Writing exercise homework:
Opening paragraphs

Week five (July 25, 2021):
Exercise feedback
Endings, part 1: building up to an unforgettable ending
Setting up sequels or other books in the same universe
Publication process: traditional, indie, and serialized publishing
Next steps for writers


For only an extra HKD350, get a 30-minute private consultation on your manuscript, author platform, or any other publishing questions!

Write your book now!


Bank in your full payment to HSBC Account no. 082-776931-833
Account name: Maloy Mary Ann Lee Luakian
or pay via PayPal at this link (opens a new window).

Please send a screenshot of your payment via WhatsApp to 9192 3729
or maloy(at)starttofinishagency.com
and we'll send you instructions, a private Zoom link,
and access to a private Google Drive folder with course materials.

Maloy shared her wisdom in writing and her experience in getting manuscripts published. Her class is so inspiring that you wouldn’t want to leave your seat and miss a detail. Very informative!

Analyn C. 

Maloy gave me hope to continue writing, and the writing tips I learned from her workshop make me more confident about what I need to do to make my manuscript better. I'm still not sure about which type of publishing path to take, but Maloy provided me with all the information I need to (eventually) make my decision.

Gian Carlo J. 


The workshop gave me so much clarity about not just what I had been doing wrong, but what I had been doing right in the four or so odd years I've been a writer. 

Ansela C.