The next Revising Fiction online workshop has been scheduled to begin on Feb. 24, 2021, and is now open for registration. This workshop is my Masterclass. It’s intended for writers with a complete draft of a novel, memoir, or a body of short stories who want help bringing their work to the next level. Revising Fiction is open to as-yet unpublished writers as well as published writers who want to hone their craft.

Editing is an essential part of the writing process. First drafts are where writers capture the story, pin it to paper so it can’t escape. Subsequent drafts are where they turn that raw material into art. And yet editing, or revision, is the one area most often neglected.

There are two main reasons for this. First, writers are often unsure of how to edit and thus resort to simply reading the draft over, checking spelling and grammar, changing words here and there. That’s not revision; it’s copy editing.  Second, many writers struggle with getting enough distance to see their work objectively; and detailed, actionable feedback is hard to come by. Revising Fiction addresses the first problem by breaking down the revision process into a series of separate edits, each focusing on a particular facet of the work; and the second through peer critiques, given and received, as well as critiques from me.

To my gratification, I’ve seen many novels incubated in this workshop grow up to be published books; some of their authors are featured here. Of course, that’s not an outcome I can or would ever promise. My goal is for each participant to emerge with a much-improved draft as well as an enhanced tool kit that will benefit future work as well.

To apply, you need:

The goods: a completed draft of a novel of body of short stories

Commitment.  Revising Fiction is an in intensive, immersive writing experience.  You should figure on investing at least 10 hours a week.  

– A synopsis of up to 500 words with your application, plus the first five or six pages of your novel.  Drop me a line and I’ll get back to you with instructions on sending this material. (If you need a little time to put together the synopsis, no problem, just let me know.)  

An open mind. Otherwise, what’s the point?

The workshop consists of seven 2-week sessions plus a week of orientation. Each session includes a lecture, discussions, a checklist, and critiquing of excerpts of each writer’s WIP (more details here.) Tuition is $795 with a registration fee of $100. I offer a money-back guarantee: If you start the course and discover within the first two weeks that it’s not right for you, I will refund your tuition.

About me: I’ve worked for four decades in all aspects of the publishing business, as a writer, an editor for a top NYC publisher, and a longtime literary agent. I’ve taught fiction writing at Hofstra University and SUNY Farmingdale before opening my own online school of writing. More here.

I keep these classes very small, and a number of spots were filled by a waiting list, but I have two openings. If the timing is right for you, let’s talk.