Tag: novel revision retreat

  • Whole Novel Critiques: Because It’s Easy to Write a Chapter, but Hard to Write a Novel

    Last month, I taught a Novel Revision Retreat at the Rolling Ridge Conference Center in North Andover, MA (see the photo album on Facebook), and I was reminded of the need for your critiquers to read your entire manuscript. Writing a chapter is easy. Really. Critiquing a single chapter tells you little about the story […]

  • NOVEL REVISION CHARTS: 2 Tools for Smart Re-Thinking of Your Story

    An aid to smart revising based on Darcy Pattison’s techniques Guest Post by Claudia Finseth I recently took Darcy’s Whole Novel Workshop and read her book, Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise. Between the two, there was a great deal of valuable new information to process. I’m very visual, so one way I worked through […]

  • Revising Bird

    Guest post by Crystal Chan Crystal attended a novel revision retreat a couple years ago and the result is this amazing book, her debut. Here, she talks about her revision process. –Darcy The biggest editing challenge that I encountered my forthcoming novel, Bird (January 28, 2014, Atheneum. PREORDER NOW!) was trying to put too much […]

  • Report on the Novel Revision Retreat

    Susan Fields of the Hands Off my Coffee and No One Gets Hurt: An Insomniac’s Guide to the Writing Life blog has posted a report on the St. Louis Novel Revision Retreat. And check out this Facebook album of the participants hard at work. At the retreat, one of the informal discussions was about Social […]

  • Novel Revision Retreat in a Book

    Did you know that the Novel Revision Retreat is available in a book? In 1999, I started teaching a retreat for beginning to intermediate writers, for those getting encouraging rejections, but could not quite get that acceptance letter. This year, there are four debut novels coming out of those retreats and so far, three more […]

  • TX Novel Revision Retreat Reports

    Thanks, Texas SCBWI! What a great time in TX last weekend. Here’s some blog posts about the retreat from the participants. Vonna Carter Shelli Cornelison Janet Fox Lynne Kelly Hoenig Yes, I’m booking for next year and have lots of open dates. Email me at darcy at darcypattison dot com. Here’s more from Facebook Photos: […]