Self-Editing and Revision Intensive Webinar presented by Georgia McBride
Self-editing in my opinion is more a pre-cursor to revision than any form of editing. When I work with editorial and critique clients, my goal is to train them to develop a critical eye and arm them with enough skills so that by their next mss, they no longer need me. This may seem counter to growing my bank account but I’m in it to train an army of better writers, not to get rich off of anyone. I hope you’ll join me in this eye-opening and often soul cleansing journey of writing, editing, revising and understanding why we write the way we do, why we get hung up in certain negative patterns and how to manage our own writing with little help from others.
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 3PM EST
Early Registration through Feb 5, 2011: $100
Normal Registration Feb 6 – Feb 18, 2011: $125
About the course
2-hour interactive intensive focusing on building the skills you need to master self-editing techniques of a more advanced nature. Included in the first hour:
■Knowing when to start your story (not getting bogged down with huge info dumps and unnecessary back story). What it really means to start with “action.”
■Overcoming what Georgia has named the, “kitchen sink syndrome” by telling the reader every little detail as opposed to only what (s)he needs to know in order to piece together a scene, chapter and ultimately the whole story.
■Editing for pacing, tension and style–all related to one another and if not working in harmony, will quickly kill a story.
■A structural review of your manuscript — does it have the correct structure for the type of story you wish to tell?
■Overcoming consistency issues (tense, point of view, characterization, character motivation, world building). Sometimes, absolute rules need not apply. You need to know when to apply which rules, how to break others and when to stick to the straight and narrow.
■Editing for repetition of words, thoughts/ideas, moving the story forward and avoiding stale/stagnant scenes/chapters like the plagues that they are. Giving each scene, passage and chapter meaning, cause, power and definition. When editing becomes revision.
■Editing for grammar, sentence structure/order/word order, word count, syntax, dialect.
■Reading like a beta–looking at your mss with a critical eye so you can understand what works, what doesn’t and fix it before you hand it over to first readers.
Second hour: Questions and Answers
Second-half of Second Hour: Real examples of manuscripts of participants who want to use the skills they have just learned to self-edit their own work under Georgia’s direction during class time.
Post webinar instruction/interaction: Each participant will receive a 20-minute call to review class notes, review documents used in class, answer questions, work on individual pages, etc.
Register at: georgiamcbridebooks at georgiamcbride dot com
In subject line of email please put: REGISTER ME: Feb 19, 2011 Self-Editing Webinar
In body of email pls put the following:
1.Complete, legal name (first and last)
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4.PLEASE INDICATE by stating the following: PLEASE REGISTER ME FOR THE Self-editing Webinar on Feb 19, 2011 with Georgia McBride — that you indeed wish to be registered. Only then will an invoice be sent to the email address from which your original registration request was sent.
Once you have paid your invoice, additional pre-course information will be sent. Also–please note that in order to receive early-bird pricing, you MUST pay your invoice in full BEFORE midnight on the last day of the special pricing availability date.
Please direct inquiries to georgiamcbridebooks at georgiamcbride dot com
Looking forward to working with you!
Please register early, there are only 10 spots available in the February class!
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About Georgia McBride
Georgia McBride is founder and president of YALITCHAT.ORG as well as the pre-published author of the urban fantasy series, PRAEFATIO. Represented by Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency, Georgia edits and critiques manuscripts for writers, vets submissions for agents, does a bit of ghost writing and judges writing contests for publishers. She hosts the annual Made From Awesome Mega Chat on twitter which features 16 YA and MG authors over 2 nights as well as weekly chats. Georgia is excited to share her experience editing in an interactive classroom environment. You can read Georgia’s posts on writing, editing and revising on her blog at http://georgiamcbridebooks.wordpress.com