She sat there breathing in the night air. Alone. Free at last.
When asked how long it took her to write this story she said, "Oh, probably two days."
I was impressed. Just two days?
"But that was just the beginning," she clarified.
She gave the story to her creative writing class at SJSU and got feedback. She gave it to friends and got feedback. Thus began her process of revising...and revising...and revising. Until she had a first-rate prize-winning story.
Revisions is a topic I'll be discussing at greater length during this year's East of Eden Conference in Salinas the weekend of September 24-26.
This is a magical bi-annual conference. Some of this year's highlights:
Workshops with amazing novelists, such as:
Thomas Sawyer (Murder, She Wrote),
David Corbett (Do They Know I'm Running?) and
Penny Warner (How to Host a Killer Party)
as well as writing gurus
Becky Levine (The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide)
Martha Alderson (
Martha Engber (Growing Characters from the Ground Up)
Pitching sessions to agents, including Andrea Brown, Amy Burkhardt, and Laurie McLean.
A writing contest (short fiction, novel, poetry, non-fiction) with a $1,000 prize.
So, if you haven't registered already...