Now That You’re Done, What’s Next? Revision and Editing

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Revision and editing are key to developing your final draft. So, what exactly are the steps to revising your own work? In this three-week course, we’ll use the analogy of The Telescope, The Magnifying Glass, and The Microscope, as the three stages to reviewing your manuscript (novel or memoir). We’ll start by looking at the big picture and then delve into the finer details, including character development, plot, pacing, tension, showing vs telling, point of view, voice, setting/description, and how to fine-tune your prose. Participants will be provided with numerous handouts outlining the topics discussed in the class, including lists of resources and contacts, and they will be given an introductory questionnaire to help identify their individual writing goals. Authors may bring the first 15-20 pages of their manuscripts to share during the course of the workshop.

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