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Revise Your Novel class with author Erin Dionne begins at The Writers’ Loft

September 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$150 - $200

6 Thursdays, September 18-October 23, from 7-9pm at the Writers’ Loft.

Congratulations! You’ve finished a novel! Or chapter book. Or picture book…or any book! Getting that draft on paper is a huge achievement. But you’re not done yet. Revision is a key element of creating a work of fiction: polishing, editing, and reviewing your work from an objective point of view is necessary to bring a manuscript to a professional level.

Cost: $200 non-member, $150 Writers’ Loft member (Learn more about membership here.)

Registration deadline: September 4th (Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.)


Spaces limited, first-come-first-served, with priority placement to Loft members. (Priority placement means that non-members may register at any time, but their applications will only be considered after July 10th.)

Course Description
In this class we will focus on tactics and strategies necessary to develop strong editorial and revision skills. In each session, we’ll critique one another’s work and apply specific techniques to our manuscript (and although you do not need to have a completed novel to take this class, upwards of 50 pages would be helpful).

In a supportive environment, we will critique each other’s work and offer feedback. To help you stay focused, we will use a partner-based model of learning and supporting one another.

Course Goals
My goal is for students to have to develop the precision editing and polishing tools needed to view a manuscript objectively, and to put into practice feedback and advice.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1 — Introduction: My book is done! How do I revise it? What tools can I use?
  • Week 2 — Feedback & crit groups: how to give it, how to receive it, how to use it.
  • Week 3 — The onion approach: Your manuscript has layers. Peel them.
  • Week 4 — Word smithing: nitty gritty.
  • Week 5 — Big picture work: Is it coming together?
  • Week 6 — When am I really “done?” How do I know?

Erin Dionne is the author of five middle-grade novels, including the Edgar-nominated mystery Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (Dial Books, 2013). She’s taught writing for over 10 years at the college level and enjoys helping others whip their books into shape. Follow her on Twitter @erindionne.



September 18, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$150 - $200
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