Revision Retreat 2014

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Harold Underdown

Harold Underdown

Harold is an independent editor who works with authors and publishers. He has worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing.

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Eileen Robinson

Eileen Robinson

Eileen has helped many writers become first-time authors during her years at Scholastic. For almost ten years, she acquired, developed, and edited children’s books for both Scholastic, as executive editor, and Harcourt Publishers, as editorial manager. She has also worked …

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Workshop Description

Please note: this workshop is full. You’re welcome to join our waiting list!

In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and work with writers on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to model critique groups, individual meetings, and writing time.

Participants will

  • try out a variety of techniques for self-editing, from big picture revision down to line-editing;
  • explore ways to gain objectivity and more focused responses to manuscripts;
  • learn about reader response theory and how to use it to gain insights into a manuscript;
  • work together in a model critique group, formed at the retreat from students with similar interests, and led by the faculty, to critique one another’s manuscripts;
  • discover creative techniques, such as improvising new scenes or episodes as part of the revision process;
  • take part in group discussions and share favorite techniques; and
  • meet with an editor for individual consultations.

 

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our all-inclusive price means we provide transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

Workshop Information

Begins August 13 at 3 p.m. with an optional tour of Highlights and Boyds Mills Press; ends August 17 after lunch. Writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript while exploring and trying out proven techniques for self-editing and revising with the help of experienced editors and other writers; participants must have a completed draft of a novel, picture book, or narrative nonfiction.

Event Cost: $995
Price Includes:Transportation from airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless internet.