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    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The Joy of Revision: See Your Work Anew

    with Katherine E. Kottaras


    “Never think of revising as fixing something that is wrong...Rather think of it as an opportunity to improve something you already love.”

    -Marion Dane Bauer

    Do you have a work-in-progress that's been sitting in a drawer (or a laptop file) that misses you? Maybe you know that WIP needs work, but something's keeping you from diving back in. Maybe that something is...fear? Step by step, and with tools in hand, we will step away from fear and reopen those files. We'll ask the important questions and re-engage with the important work of revising our WIPs so that we can reignite our creativity and lean back into the joy of writing.

    Please bring the following materials:

    1. Writing implements - notebook and pen/laptop

    2. Chapter you would like to work on/revise

    NOTE: This workshop will be hosted over Zoom. Attendees will receive the link once they register for this event. 

     

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    KATHERINE E. KOTTARAS

    Katherine is a contemplative writer and holistic teacher.

    Katherine is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA contemporary novels, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen. She is also the writer, voice, and co-creator of Yoga with Eleonora on PillowFortTV and the co-writer with Vanitha Swaminathan of the forthcoming picture book, A RAINBOW INSIDE MY BODY, illustrated by Holly Hatam (Viking 2024).

    Katherine holds an M.A. in English and an M.S. in Kinesiology with a focus on Integrative Wellness. She has worked at the middle, high school, and community college levels for over two decades. She is also a yoga teacher, personal trainer, and health coach while also living with invisible illnesses and neurodivergence, and as such, she is passionate about mindfulness, bodily self-determination, and health equity. As the queer daughter of an immigrant, Katherine believes that holistic and inclusive approaches to expression, healing, and growth should be accessible to all.

    Check out Katherine’s new series, Yoga with Eleonora on YouTube, which helps kids of all ages calm their minds and bodies so they can respond to and communicate their feelings in healthy ways.


    Learn more about her YA books here: https://www.katherinekottaras.com/writing.html



    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 8
    Register

    ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
    FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

    Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

    Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


    THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

    As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

    Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

    In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

    TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

    TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

    T = Terrific

    We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

    A = Author Questions

    In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

    C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

    T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





      • 02 Apr 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Online (Zoom)
      • 10
      Register

      ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
      FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

      Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

      Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


      THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

      As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

      Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

      In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

      TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

      TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

      T = Terrific

      We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

      A = Author Questions

      In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

      C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

      T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





        • 21 May 2023
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • Online (Zoom)
        • 9
        Register

        ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
        FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

        Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

        Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


        THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

        As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

        Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

        In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

        TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

        TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

        T = Terrific

        We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

        A = Author Questions

        In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

        C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

        T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





          • 04 Jun 2023
          • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • Online (Zoom)
          • 10
          Register

          ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
          FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

          Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

          Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


          THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

          As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

          Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

          In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

          TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

          TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

          T = Terrific

          We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

          A = Author Questions

          In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

          C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

          T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





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