THE ART OF REWRITING: Revision Strategies for the Fiction, Memoirist, and Narrative Nonfiction Writer (Weeklong a.m. workshop - All Levels) - Jane von Mehren
Whether you are a new writer or an established one, you know that getting your story down on paper is just the start of your work. But how do you begin to revise and how do you know what works and what doesn’t quite? After spending so much time writing your initial draft how can you go back in with perspective and what kinds of techniques can you use to make your revisions more effective? As an editor for nearly 30 years, much of my work with authors is focused on helping them revise their manuscripts whether to get them ready to submit to publishers or to be published by them. And over the years, the same issues have come up again and again during the revision process. In this weeklong workshop, we’ll explore these issues discussing such topics as point of view, chronology, voice, and plot/pacing. We’ll talk about how to diagnose problems yourself as well as strategies you can use to address them. This course is for fiction writers and non-fiction writers working on memoirs or narrative nonfiction. You should have about 50 pages of manuscript to share with the class.
Jane von Mehren is the founder and Editorial Director of Jane von Mehren Associates working with authors, thought leaders, experts, and publishers to bring ideas and stories to life. She identifies, shapes, and develops important ideas and stories that resonate, which she has done for nearly three decades as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is also a literary agent affiliated with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. Previously, she held senior editorial and publishing roles Penguin Books where she was VP, Editor in Chief and Associate Publisher, and Random House, where she was SVP, Publisher of Trade Paperbacks. Prior to that she held editorial positions at Crown Publishers and Ticknor & Fields (formerly an imprint of Houghton Mifflin).
A voracious reader of all kinds of books, Jane’s list of authors and their work is equally broad. Among the bestselling and award-winning nonfiction authors she has worked with are William Pollack, author of REAL BOYS, Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson, authors of KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL; Dave Ramsey, author of FINANCIAL PEACE and THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER; John Philip Santos, author of the National Book Award Finalist; PLACES LEFT UNFINISHED AT THE TIME OF CREATION; Dava Sobel, author of LONGITUDE and GALILEO’S DAUGHTER; and Doug Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen authors of DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS. She has also edited numerous fiction writers including Jonis Agee, author of SWEET EYES and THE RIVER WIFE; Jamie Ford, author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET; Jessica Hagedorn, author of the National Book Award Finalist DOGEATERS and DREAM JUNGLE; and Susan Vreeland author of GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE and CLARA AND MR. TIFANNY.