Part 1: Revision Workshop (For Fiction and Memoir Writers)
Now That You're Done! You’ve finished writing your book, what’s next?
WHEN: Friday, June 21, 2019 10-2 pm (lunch available)
WHERE:The Avenue (upstairs)… 5540 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 20015
Cost: $75/workshop or $200 for all three.
Turning a novel or memoir from a draft into an engaging read is a skill and an art form, one we call “Revision.” Yes, now you’re at that dreaded (or exciting) stage in the writing process.
A few questions to ask yourself:
1. How do I know if my story (memoir or fiction) is engaging? 2. Has a logical and tension-filled progression? 3. Will capture the interest of an agent or publisher?
After years of writing and working with novelists, memoirists, short story and creative non-fiction writers, we’ve developed a series of workshops to help you with all or part of the publishing process. The first workshop in June will focus on the EDITING & REVISION process (for fiction and memoir).
Revision and editing are key to developing your final draft. This should include your own editing and revision efforts, as well as those of an experienced and objective editor. So, what exactly are the steps to revising your own work?
Moving from the macro to the micro level, we will teach you how to review your manuscript, which includes exploring the answers to these questions:
Do you have a compelling opening chapter and a satisfying ending? Is there sufficient tension and suspense to keep the reader turning the pages? How do you know if you have the right balance of scene and narrative? (Showing vs. Telling) How can you better shape the story? Is your manuscript a five-legged pussycat that you hope to turn into a four-legged tiger? Have you effectively developed your characters? Are they consistent? Does your manuscript have a memorable plot with the right pacing? Or does the story drag? Where? What’s up with your Point-of-View? Should you use one or more characters to tell the story? Does your setting and time period fit the story? Are they accurate?
Bring the first 25 pages to the workshop; leave with reams of knowledge, resources, and contacts.
Presented by Herta Feely and Emily Williamson
REVISION/PUBLISHING/MARKETING: A 3-PART WORKSHOP
PART 2: GETTING PUBLISHED (Date: TBD)
You’ve put the final period on your manuscript and are now ready to get the book published. Where do you start? We'll cover the different publishing options and how to submit your work.
PART 3: MARKETING YOUR BOOK (Date: TBD)
Your book is about to be published—whether through a big press, indie press, hybrid, or self-publisher—what do you need to know about marketing your book?