Finish Your Book!
What you'll learn
- How to approach the early stages of rewriting
- The difference between rewriting and revisions
- How to revise with focus and clarity
- How to complete the final edits and copyedits
- A writing project you'd like to explore
Are you ready to start writing your book?
This class is for anyone with a book project ahead of them, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, memoir, an essay collection, a how-to guide.
What You'll Learn
How to create a plan for actually finishing your book on deadline--and sticking to it
Techniques for "tricking yourself" into greater productivity
How to know when to undertake a big, structural rewrite
How to "revise with purpose" and edit with specific improvements in mind
Tricks and pro tips for the final polish
How to handle feedback and edits from agents, editors, and early readers
As the author of over a dozen books, I’m going to show you what I do to write a well-structured, well-thought out, and well-written first draft—and all of these techniques work just as well for rewrites. So even if you already have a first draft, or even just a half-start at a new book, this class is for you.
Then we’ll get into the revision and editing process. This is where all the really important, meaningful work happens.
It’s where you have the most control, and the ability to really carry out your intentions and make this into the kind of book you set out to write in the first place.
So I'm also going to give you a toolbox for approaching every edit, and every revision, of your book, including:
What you can do in the early stages of editing
What’s better to leave for the final stages
How to handle the edits you get back from your editor
What happens in the copyediting and proofreading stages
Writing a book is a long process, and it’s easy to get sidetracked. I created this class to help you stay on course, all the way to publication.
Who this course is for:
- Beginning and intermediate writers
I'm the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Girl Waits with Gun. I've been a full-time author for twenty years, and in that time my books have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages.
I love talking to writers and artists, and bonding over the creative process. I started teaching so that I can inspire others to take the leap.
I believe that writing, drawing, and painting are all teachable skills. Forget about talent--it doesn't exist, and you don't need it. With some quality instruction and lots of practice, any of us can make meaningful, honest, and unique art and literature.
When I'm not writing or traveling on book tour, I'm painting and drawing in ink, watercolor, gouache, and oil. Come find me on my website or on Instagram to stay connected.