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“I need to edit this book.” The very words are enough to strike fear into many a writer.

If you’re one of those writers who fear revisions, let me help:

There are thousands of people out there who have NEVER WRITTEN ENOUGH OF A BOOK TO NEED TO EDIT ANYTHING.

If you have work that needs editing, you’ve already won. Go, you. You’re awesome.

That feels better already, doesn’t it?

Hmm. If you’re not quite over your fears yet, come to Ithaca. I can help.

On Sunday, May 6th from 2:15-3:15, I’ll be teaching a workshop called Revisions without Fear at the Tompkins County Public Library. (This is part of the annual Spring Writes Festival. You should come for the weekend, not just my workshop, and soak in the small-town literary amazingness of the festival.)

Here’s what we’ll be doing.

Revision is an essential step for all writers, but it can be challenging.

  • Some authors don’t know how to revise effectively; others are paralyzed with fear.
  • What does it mean if an editor says a scene feels flat?
  • What strategies work best to increase conflict in a plot?

In this workshop, I will help you confront mental barriers about revision and offer concrete tips to fix a range of common issues. You’ll will learn from the examples provided, have an opportunity to experiment with exercises, and come away with new confidence to make your work shine.

So come to to the Festival and we’ll look our books square in the face and make them better.