Re-Vision Means Re-Seeing (fiction and memoir) - (Weekend- Level: All) – Lisa Lenard-Cook
All week, you and your workshop-mates have explored ways you might revisit, revise, and rewrite your own manuscript. But you can learn just much about re-visioning your own work from critiquing others’ works-in-progress. That’s why, in this post-workshop workshop, each of you will read aloud from your work (no copies! no pressure!), while the rest of us listen—closely. As you read, I gauge the attention level of the others in the room—when it’s most focused, when it’s wandering, where the laughs (and tears) occur—while at the same time intuiting specific issues of craft from which all of us can learn. There’s no hot seat here. We laugh—a lot. But we also get down to the nitty-gritty of re-crafting and re-visioning so that, when you sit down at your desk post-conference, you’ll have specific tools to make what’s on the page match the picture in your head.
Lisa Lenard-Cook’s novels include Jim Sagel Prize-winning and PEN-shortlisted Dissonance (to be reissued in Fall 2014 by SFWP) and NMPW finalist Coyote Morning (UNM Press). She’s the author of the writing guides The Mind of Your Story (Writer’s Digest) and (with Lynn C. Miller) Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (University of Wisconsin Press), as well as numerous trade nonfiction and ghosted books. Her short fiction has appeared in Southwest Review, Rosebud, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. She is a faculty member at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and a 2014 featured writer at the National Undergraduate Literary Conference in Ogden. With Lynn C. Miller, Lisa co-founded ABQ Writers Co-op, bosque (the magazine), and the Bosque Fiction Prize.