Do you have an old manuscript that’s been stuck in a drawer, collecting dust, and haunting you with its unfinished potential? Or maybe you’ve put your work into the world, only to receive a disheartening number of rejections. Whether it’s a novel or memoir, it can be endlessly frustrating when you know something isn’t working, but you can’t quite figure out why. In many cases, what’s needed is a total re-envisioning of your project at a macro level so that it can finally come alive.
In this interactive session, we’ll go over how to see your manuscript with fresh eyes, get to the heart of what’s not working, and come up with strategies to fix it. Topics covered include how to maximize your story premise, big picture revision techniques, and reading between the lines on feedback. We’ll also discuss reader expectations, pacing, character arc, set-piece scenes, and image systems to enhance your story’s impact. These tools, combined with your voice and imagination, will transform your story into one that is better told, fresh, and uniquely yours. This workshop is for anyone struggling with a messy draft or looking to revive an abandoned project.