Revision. At some point in our lives we've all had to do it. Whether it was cramming for a test or editing a final paper in university, revision is a constant companion to all writers and at some point, revision becomes an absolutely essential element in the steps towards becoming a published writer. So, what are the steps to creating the perfect piece of published writing? Upon completion of the first draft, we all feel like we've just written the Best. Thing. Ever. We see no need to revise and no need to write a second draft because hey, it's perfect! But will it get published?
On July 9 and 10, two workshops at Write on Bowen provide writers with the perfect answer to the question "where do I go from here?"
On Saturday July 9, Tradewind Books senior editor David Stephens presents "Toolbox for Re-approaching Your Manuscript". Participants learn the 'art of creating a publication-ready draft'. Before the workshop, participants receive a set of editing tools that they can use to revise their manuscripts. These tools are then applied during the workshop. Stephens promises that by the end of the workshop, participants will be excited about starting their second draft.
On Sunday, July 10, published poet and writer April Bosshard presents "Beyond the First Draft". This workshop gives participants a plan to break down their first draft in order to allow for rewriting. Of this process Bosshard says, "Your first draft shows you the surface of your story. Subsequent drafts reveal its depths. This can be an exciting process. Many writers truly enjoy rewriting once they get the hang of it. But it can be good to know what you're getting into." During the workshop, participants will be asked to revisit and rewrite a 500-word excerpt from a manuscript they are working on.
To any writer, revising can be a discouraging process and often presents as an obstacle in completing a much-treasured piece of writing. Bosshard says of the revising experience, "A first draft has sparks, passion, intrigue, potential, and often feels like a lustful affair. But beyond that wonderful beginning you need commitment, perseverance, compassion, patience, and good communication skills - all the elements of a long-term relationship."
At Write on Bowen, writers are encouraged to nurture a committed, long-term and healthy relationship between themselves and their writing.
Full festival passes and other ticket options are now available for purchase at www.writeonbowen.com. A full festival pass costs just $199 if purchased before June 1 (save $51 off the regular price) and includes opening night with Annabel Lyon and Timothy Taylor, the Saturday dinner and writing event with Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Michael Turner, four workshops, two lunch sessions, a blue-pencil editing session, and refreshments. Each workshop is limited to just 15 seats so register early.