Editing without an Editor -
Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown
The Southern Region of NESCBWI is hosting an all day revision workshop features former editors Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown (see bios below). It will be held at Write Yourself Free
, 252 Post Road East, Westport, CT on Sunday, March 4, from 9:30 - 5:30pm.
Learn how to revise like an editor by working with two experienced editors, who have distilled the methods they've used in editing manuscripts with individual clients and in the online Kid's Book Revisions class.
To create a framework, they'll compare reader response theory and the lit. crit approach, and explore ways to gain objectivity and to focus on different aspects of manuscripts. You will learn and try out a variety of techniques for self-editing, from big picture revision down to copy-editing, working on your own or with a partner. You will also work together in a model critique group, critiquing one another's manuscripts, and learning how to manage the group dynamics to make the process more productive.
In the afternoon, you can put theory to work and both revise and plan further revisions to your manuscript while meeting with Eileen or Harold individually and, getting feedback in ad-hoc critique sessions, or digging in on your own.
This workshop is appropriate for all Children's Book writers, picture book through YA.
Schedule of the Day:
9:30 - Welcome and Introduction
10:30 - Break into critique groups to dive into "what lies underneath"
11:00 - Peer Critiques from editor feedback
12:30 - Lunch on your own. You can order in and spend time with other writers or go out to restaurants in the local area.
2:00 - Big Picture Revising
2:45 - Sweating the small stuff: Yes, the details matter!
3:30 - *
*You will have an hour and a half of writing time guided by Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson, along with one-on-one time with editors to discuss direction of manuscript.
5:00 - Lessons Learned? What do you do next?
The event is $125. To register, send an email to Stacy Mozer
with your name and phone number. Attach a document (formatted in .doc) with a synopsis and the first 15 pages of your manuscript. Once Stacy has confirmed receipt of your manuscript, she will send you the address to send your registration fee. This event is limited to the first 20 responders who correctly attach their manuscript.