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“From Begun to Done: How to Edit Your Own Writing” with Sara Kocek

November 29, 2023 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CST

$59.00 – $119.00

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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members

Registration for the live webinar has closed, but you can register to receive the recording only. The recording will be made available for 30 days starting 12/4/23. 

Can’t make it to the live class? No problem! All classes are recorded and made available to class registrants for one month.

This class is a part of “the Novelist’s Toolbox” class package. 

Before you invest in professional editing, you can and should put your manuscript through the wringer on your own, using the same tried and true techniques that editors use.

Writing to the end of your first draft exposes all the problems with your dazzling beginning—underdeveloped characters, loose ends in the plot, weaknesses in the world-building, and clunky, stilted dialogue. That’s when you need to hire an editor, right? Wrong. (That comes later.) Before you invest in professional editing, you can and should put your manuscript through the wringer on your own, using the same tried and true techniques that editors use.

This fun, fast-paced class will use a combination of lecture, writing exercises, and peer-to-peer workshop to cover common revision issues such as scene construction, pacing, dialogue, point-of-view, and the eternal problem of too-much exposition. No matter your genre, learn how to read and revise your own work the way a professional editor would: by scrubbing it clean of the top ten problems afflicting most first drafts.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF: 

  • You are a writer of literary fiction or genre fiction (including mystery, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, women’s fiction, YA, & middle grade).
  • You are a writer of memoir or nonfiction looking to use the tools of fiction writing to elevate your novel.
  • You are struggling to finish the first draft of a novel.
  • You have a finished novels that is not gaining traction with literary agents.
  • You are participating in NaNoWriMo and want to revise your novel draft.

The deadline to register for this class is Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 PM CST.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The WLT is committed to making our online classes accessible to all writers including writers who do not have the financial means to pay for programming. Five (5) seats in this class have been set aside for scholarship recipients to attend free of charge. Please fill out this application no later than 2 days prior to the class to be considered for one of the scholarship seats. We do not ask for any corroborating documents; we only ask that you help us understand your situation. If you are selected for one of the available seats you will be notified via email (from ) no later than 24 hours before the start of the class. Please note, each writer is limited to no more than four (4) total scholarship seats per catalog season.

Instructor

Sara Kocek is the author of Promise Me Something (Albert Whitman, 2013) and the founder of Yellow Bird Editors, an Austin-based collective of independent editors and writing coaches. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry to undergraduates and worked as a full-time editorial intern at Random House and Penguin. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Sara graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, where she worked as Writing Fellow, tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in academic and creative writing.

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email wlt@writersleague.org with a copy of the form as well to ensure we add you to the class roster as soon as possible.

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Class & Event Registration Policy

Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you cannot attend the class or event, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the class or event roster.

Accessibility Policy

Closed captioning is available for all online classes and special events.

The WLT is committed to making its programs & services accessible to all writers. Please contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or at 512-499-8914 for more information or to discuss accommodations you may need.

Credit Card Transaction Handling Fee Policy

All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. If you’d prefer to pay by check for membership, a class, or an event, you can use the provided forms on the membership or event pages and mail to: WLT, P.O. Box 14355, Austin, TX, 78704.

HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
November 29, 2023
Time:
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CST
Cost:
$59.00 – $119.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Online via Zoom