True Revision for Novelists:
Developing a Practice and a Plan
Instructors: Elana K. Arnold and Eliot Schrefer
Audience: Writers of middle grade or young adult narratives who have completed a first draft
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: A completed (or mostly completed) draft of a novel or work of narrative non-fiction that you have recently read STRAIGHT THROUGH IN ITS ENTIRETY.
Description: Often, after completing a draft, writers feel disempowered and stuck, not knowing if the work is “good” or how to make it “better.” These terms are not helpful when it comes to revision; instead, we will ask these questions
Attendees in this Creative Lab will learn how to self-identify: strengths and problem areas in manuscripts; areas of craft that are under-considered in their own work; what their personal voice and style are and how to best express them in their work.
Attendees in this Creative Lab will leave with:
Session One – Saturday, February 11
Session Two – Saturday, February 11
Session Three – Sunday, February 12
About Your instructors:
Elana K. Arnold is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning books including the National Book Award finalist and Golden Kite winner What Girls Are Made Of, Printz Honor winner Damsel, and Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat and its sequels. Many of her books are Junior Library Guild selections and have frequently appeared on “best of” book lists, including Rise: A Feminist Book Project, Kirkus Best Books of the Year, and others. Her work has been called both “devastatingly vital” and “comfortably familiar and quietly groundbreaking.” Elana is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in creative writing and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets.
Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times bestselling author, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. In naming him an Editor’s Choice, the New York Times called his work “dazzling” and “big-hearted.” His books have been named to the NPR “best of the year” list, the ALA best fiction list for young adults, and won a Stonewall Honor. He lives in New York City, is on the faculty of the Fairleigh Dickinson and Hamline MFAs in creative writing, and reviews books for USAToday.