With: Debra Hughes
When: May 20, 2017
Category: Writers Lab, Seminars
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This program is open to amateur fiction and nonfiction writers.
MEALS: Tuition includes one lunch.
Novelist and short story writer Eudora Welty said in an interview with The Paris Review that she revised with scissors and pins. She said, “You can move things from anywhere to anywhere, and that’s what I really love doing—putting things in their best and proper place, revealing things at the time when they matter most.”
The goal of this one-day seminar is to help you discover one of writing’s great pleasures: revision. Author and accomplished self-editor Debra Hughes discusses and guides you in implementing “scissors and pins” techniques to revise and polish an early draft of an essay, short story, or novel chapter. We use examples of published writing to identify basic elements of a work’s success—from punctuation, pacing, rhythm and sound, to plot and theme.
During our time together we do exercises to apply these discoveries. Each word moves a story forward and, line-by-line, word-by-word, we identify what is important to a work’s message, omitting what is not. By the end of your day with Debra you have a solid understanding of how to achieve the distance needed to hear and read your own work, in order to become your own best editor.
*Image ©Jennifer Spelman, photo workshop instructor