This advanced workshop will focus on editing and “re-vision”, looking at your work with an editor’s eye. What will make your story stand out from hundreds of others in the slush pile? What will compel an editor, agent, or real-world reader to keep turning pages? We’ll pay special attention to titles (yes, they matter), openings, and endings. We’ll also do some line editing, including the kindest—or at the least, most effective—cuts. Each session will begin with a short (15 minute) class that will be followed by workshopping.
Dawn Raffel is both an editor and writer. She held numerous senior level positions at magazines including O, the Oprah Magazine before becoming an independent book editor; fiction she has edited has twice won the National Magazine Award. She is the author of five books, most recently The Strange Case of Dr. Couney (Blue Rider/Penguin), which NPR described as "a mosaic mystery told in vignettes, cliffhangers, curious asides, and some surreal plot twists." Raffel has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and at Summer Literary Seminars in Russia and Lithuania. She has been teaching at the Center for Fiction since 2014.