Announcing a Deep Self-Editing Workshop Series
Did you completed your NaNoWriMo challenge of a 50,000 word manuscript?
No, really. Only 12-18% of participants in NaNoWriMo manage to win the challenge. You are among the persistent few and I, for one, salute you.
Maybe you didn't take on the NaNoWriMo challenge but you have a manuscript that is a complete first draft ...
nearly complete first draft.
That's still amazing. It takes persistence, and you are among the minority of the 81% of people who say they want to write a book or script someday.
The first draft tells you, the writer, the story. The next few drafts are about making the story palatable for a reader. That process is called Revision.
Cline Library and Flagstaff Writers Connection are teaming up to help you with the Revision process.
Join other local writers in a 6 month journey to systematically scrub your manuscript or script and get it ready for critique and then agent review. Workshops will be held about every 2 weeks on the weekends. The sessions will include a lecture, question and answer session, step wise exercises to buff your manuscript, and buddy exercises so you can meet other writers and form writer/critique alliances. All lectures and handouts will be published to the internet afterwards, so if you miss a lecture you won't miss out on any of the steps.
Let Your Manuscript Cool
Nothing. Well, nothing with this first draft manuscript. Let is sit and cool off for 2-4 weeks. I mean it! Lock it up if you have to. Don't touch your manuscript or look at it for at least 2 weeks (4 weeks is better.) If you do that, I'll show you something magical at our first workshop.
Well maybe doing nothing is a too hard after kicking butt in word count for days on end. You don't have to completely sit on your hands. Brainstorm your NEXT manuscript. Have you seen our Brainstorming tab above? Or just start writing a new manuscript. Pantsers, you know who you are, I'm talking to you. Don't let those good writing habits you just developed go to waste.
Schedule:1/26/19: Pre-Editing: The Cloud, Story Drivers, Story Structures, First Read Through, Series/Motiff
2/9/19: "Series": Working with Series, Series Grid, Key Scenes, Theme, Story as a Whole, Scrivener
2/16/19: Cutting: Word Count, Timekeeper, Values, Acts, Sequences, Scenes, Beat Sheet, Synopsis, Scrivener Cork Board
3/2/19: Scenes: Scene vs. Sequel, Scene Eval, Character Driven, Plot Points, First and Last Page.
3/23/19: Point of View and Causality
Week 6 TBA: Tension, Conflict, Emotion, Visceral Response
Week 7 TBA: Dialogue and Setting
Week 8 TBA: Action and Body Language
Week 9 TBA: Thought, Exposition, Backstory, Color Analysis,
Week 10 TBA: Voice: Rhetorical Devices, Backloading, Simile, Metaphor, Cliche
Week 11 TBA: Word Searches, Grammar, Final Buffing, Critique Exchange
Week 12 TBA: Left Overs, Troubleshooting, More Critique Exchange
All sessions will be 10 am to 12 pm at the NAU Cline Library, 2nd floor Learning Studio. Parking is free on weekends in the back of the library off of Riordan Rd, behind Dunkin Donuts.
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