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The Craft: GWW Ch 10 – Revision: Real Writers Revise
May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please note the slight time change, arrive at 6 pm, and be ready to roll into our study by 6:15!
6:00 – 6:15: Social
Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.
6:15 – 7:30: The Craft: GWW Ch 10 – Revision: Real Writers Revise
Tonight we’re covering Chapter 10 of our text: Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Writing Fiction.
Such a grueling, but necessary subject. It seems like we’ve done this one to death, but we haven’t, and here’s why: We have yet to produce a novel worthy of an agent’s or a publisher’s eyes. We’re getting there, but until we do, we need to cover this.
Just not “again.”
Like most of the GWW’s material, their chapter on revision contains material we have not covered before. This time, we’re not going to talk about “the first draft, the second draft, etc.” Instead, we are going to cover, checklist (handouts!) style, what a successful writer’s true “first draft” really looks like. Hint: It’s a hodgepodge, a veritable collection of a couple of dozen times where you convinced yourself to “just do it.” As Hemingway once say, “All that matters is that you finish it.”
The rest of the meeting, however, we will discuss the preliminary steps you must take as a writer prior to the revision process. Then, we will examine the revision process in detail, what to do first, including both big picture items as well as how to successfully sweat the small stuff. We will end by putting our thumbs on what, why, and how we should cut and tweak what remains.
Our goal is to transform our finished manuscripts into publish-worthy novels!
Homework: Look through the chapter, complete one of the Your Turn sections, and bring that with you to our meeting this Friday, as well.
As a reminder, we will be using The Gotham Writers’ Workshop (GWW): Writing Fiction – The Practical Guide during the next 22 weeks, usually on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of the month, when we will be working through the material and exercises. During the 2nd, 4th, and sometimes 5th Fridays of the month, we will usually be covering a host of other materials specifically chosen from five different books in order to augment what we have learned, are learning, and will be learning. Some variances to this schedule may occur around holidays.
7:30 – 9:00: Tre Critique
A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work. By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.
Please bring two printed copies of your latest work using the following format:
• 12-pt Times New Roman or other commonly-used, legible font (courier, bookman, garamond, calibri, etc.)
• Up to 6 pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first. Please include a short synopsis of the story up to the beginning of your selection.
• 1″ margins, double-spaced lines, and indented paragraphs (no additional lines after a paragraph).
• Please number and staple your pages. If you have scene breaks, please show them with a number symbol, asterisk, or tildes centered on a line.
Please refrain from discussions during reading and critique periods. If you’re not participating in the critique, feel free to hang out and write, but please keep things “library” quiet until after all critiques are complete.
See you there!