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Tools for ReVision: Seeing your Manuscript with New Eyes

Congratulations, you have a draft! A large, giant, unwieldy draft of a book it took you a few years to come up with (or maybe one NaNoWriMo). But it's so big, how do you go about revising it? Where do you even begin?

2-Week Class / $125
Online Asynchronous/ Work on your own time at your own pace
May 23 - June 5, 2022       

Kate Maruyama, a novelist, book coach for memoirs and novels, and decade long novel instructor will give you practical tools for understanding the nature of the beast that is your book, organizing it, breaking it down, and revising in manageable chunks. You will learn the tools for editing on a macro and a micro level, with techniques of scene, progression, structure, theme and tone. You will come away from this two-week class with a vision of your book, and a clear vision on its ReVision. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Break down manuscript into conquerable scenes,

  • Map progression and arcs for characters, story,

  • Create strategies for revising manuscript,

  • Learn how to edit on a micro and macro level.

  • Week One:

  • Tools for breaking down the novel. Index cards, identifying themes, scenes. Tackling the eagle eye view of the book. Concepts of progression, revision.

  • Week Two: Digging into minutiae. Sentences, verbs, progression within a paragraph. Scissors and tape. Characters, following that arc.

  • Punch your themes and pare them down. The magic of tiny drafts.

Manuscript Consultation and Writing Coaching:

I’ve been writing in one form or another for most of my life, productively for twenty five years, and my favorite thing to do is help other writers. I did it in my Hollywood executive days, working with professional screenwriters, cracking stories, helping make scripts stronger to get producers moving on them. Since then, I’ve helped dozens of writer friends and students with careful reading and notes, because what drives me nuts is when good people give up on good ideas.

I’m not here to teach you writing. You’re already writing, that’s why you’re here. But I can promise you, I have tons of tools I’ve gained over my twenty-five years of writing and teaching and mentoring experience that can help you on this maddening journey from idea to revision to book or screenplay. So many times we go from mind-blowing fantastic idea to the slog in the middle where we’ve lost our way and faith in our work and sometimes as far as the dreaded words, “Aw, it wasn’t such a great idea to begin with.” We all have demons that whisper in our ears, “You aren’t good enough, what’s this about anyway? Why are you writing at all?”

In my role as your book coach, I intend to help you quell those demons, find the natural strengths in your writing and get your head back into the story that had you sit down in the first place. I believe that by asking questions of your story, your characters, your themes, we can help you serve your book, which is its own animal, and help make it the best that it can be.

Along the way, I hope to give you tools that you can take back to your writing, because I hope that you, like me, are trying to get better at what you do every time you sit down to write.

I look forward to working with you.

reasonable rates, email queries: katemwriting@gmail.com

Testimonials:

“…after a critique in a writing group left me confused and discouraged, I was having difficulty moving forward on a novel. Kate encouraged me to silence the critical voice in my head and she gave me practical advice on how to get back to the page… Kate’s notes were incisive and delivered in a way that left me eager to revise. This is a hallmark of a good mentor—one who inspires you to get to work and makes you feel that you can, in fact, do what needs to be done to get the piece to the next level…with this same project, I’d received bad advice, ranging from dropping a main character’s POV, to throwing the whole book out. Kate saw potential in the pages. She gave an overall critique with a few large issues to consider, and also specific suggestions for revisions clear enough for me process and execute right away.” –Toni Ann Johnson, author of the NAACP nominated Remedy for a Broken Angel