Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Jane von Mehren and the Art of Rewriting

Jane von Mehren, a veteran editor and agent, will be offering a weeklong workshop that has everything to do with revision. Rewriting and revising a piece is often the most difficult part of a project, but also essential. In this workshop, Jane will address questions like: How do you begin to revise? How can you go back in with perspective? What kinds of techniques and strategies can you use to make your revisions more effective?

Over the course of this weeklong workshop Jane will share some of the strategies she's developed over the years as she helped many different kinds of authors through their revision processes. You will discuss how to read your own work critically so that you can diagnose the issues you may need to address in revision. And you'll address some of the topics that come up again and again: point of view, chronology, voice, and plot/pacing along with strategies for how to fix them. You will have a chance to workshop up to 50 pages of the manuscript that you need to revise.

In short, this class will be invaluable to those of you who are deep into a project and not sure what your next step should be. Jane's experience and expertise as a veteran of the publishing industry will be a great resource to you, as will the critical eyes of your fellow participants. For those of you on the verge on finishing something great, this class is sure to be productive.

Jane von Mehren is the founder and Editorial Director of Jane von Mehren Associates working with authors, thought leaders, experts, and publishers to bring ideas and stories to life. She identifies, shapes, and develops important ideas and stories that resonate, which she has done for nearly three decades as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is also a literary agent affiliated with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. Previously, she held senior editorial and publishing roles at Penguin Books where she was VP, Editor in Chief and Associate Publisher, and Random House, where she was SVP, Publisher of Trade Paperbacks. Prior to that she held editorial positions at Crown Publishers and Ticknor & Fields (formerly an imprint of Houghton Mifflin). A voracious reader of all kinds of books, Jane’s list of authors and their work is equally broad. Among the bestselling and award-winning nonfiction authors she has worked with are William Pollack, author of Real Boys; Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson, authors of Kabul Beauty School; John Philip Santos, author of  National Book Award Finalist Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation; and many others.

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