Is That The Best You Can Do?

For people who were infuriated by the last post (Is Writing Work?) – those of you left wondering Yes, yes, but … how do you do all that? I’ll be giving a workshop in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Saturday 1st March.  It’s one of a series of courses offered by the Centre to writers at different stages of their professional development.

Here’s a link to their Course Brochure, outlining the range of courses on offer:

And here’s a statement of intent for my own:

Is That The Best You Can Do? How to edit your own work

(Fiction and Memoir)

You’re nearly there.  You’ve worked out your story, your characters are all grown up and ready to leave home. Secretly, you can’t wait to see the back of them.  You’re worn out, after months and years of  being at their mercy/beck and call.  But wait a minute: are there things you wish you’d said, things you might have done a little differently?  Is there any harm you can still undo? Remember, they only have one shot at making a first impression when they land on a real editor’s desk.  Take another look, before you let them out the door: is your dialogue clanky, are your images tired, is that a cliché in the corner?

Not for the faint-hearted, this workshop will show you how to read your manuscript with a more clinical eye – for its own good. We’ll discuss common technical faults and how to correct them. Participants will bring their own work for discussion, to keep the conversation clean and fair.  It won’t be about the more esoteric dimensions of writing, but about the hard graft of refining your story, once you have it; putting manners on it so that other people will love it as much as you do.  Maybe even more.

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1 Response to Is That The Best You Can Do?

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