Polishing Your Work Sessions
Any one scene that you've written in your WIP is the equivalent of your writing DNA; it's a snapshot of your writing in general.
Chances are that if you aren't ensuring one particular scene is doing the heavy lifting in terms of what a scene needs to accomplish,
then you're probably not hitting the mark in most of your scenes.
And if your dialogue feels stilted, and if your characters lack emotionality and interiority in one scene,
they're probably falling short in other scenes as well.
You might not be able to afford a full manuscript evaluation, but you may not need to.
If you're able to take one scene, and use the feedback you receive for it to assess the rest of your scenes,
you'll be able to edit your own work much more critically, knowing exactly what to look out for.
And that will make the polishing phase so much easier!
In these Polishing Your Work Sessions,
you'll submit a full scene (with a maximum of 1700 words).
Bestselling author, Bianca Marais, will evaluate it,
providing practical written feedback within the pages of the text.
You'll also be sorted into groups with four other authors.
One week before whichever session you book, you will receive the submissions
of the other four writers in your group.
You will be given criteria to use in your assessment of the submissions
and you'll be asked to provide written feedback for each author.
They will do the same with your work.
On the date of the session you've booked, you'll be split into your groups
where you will each have twenty-five minutes in which your work
will be discussed by the group.
Every other member of your group will get their own twenty-five minutes
in which you'll all discuss their work.
Bianca will hop between groups, guiding the discussions.
The day after the session, you'll receive Bianca's critique as well as
the written critique from everyone else in your group.
You'll also receive information on how to analyze and apply
the critique you've received.
There are only 25 slots available per session.
Once each session is fully booked, the registrations will close.
Cost: CAD $99 (approximately USD $73)
Session 1 is on Saturday the 26th of November at 2-4:40pm ET (Fully Booked)
Session 2 is on Wednesday the 14th of December at 8-10:30pm ET (Fully Booked)
For those booking Session 1, you will have to submit your 1700 words (max!)
scene to Bianca by the 18th of November. You will then receive the other four
submissions on Saturday the 19th of November.
For those booking Session 2, you will have to submit your 1700 words (max!)
scene to Bianca by the 6th of December. You will then receive the other four
submissions on Wednesday the 7th of December.
Please double check the dates below to ensure that you're booking for
the correct session.