On October 17-20, the Highlights Foundation will offer a practicum with master editor and publisher Stephen Roxburgh. Stephen will guide a small group of writers as they learn to read their work as an editor reads it. In advance of the workshop, Stephen will read the complete draft of your work, annotating it as he reads, and discuss with you in one-on-one sessions all aspects of your work. You will leave the workshop with a clear plan for revision to pursue when you get back to work.
“Perspective is not easily come by,” says Roxburgh. “It requires that you read carefully, attending to what is actually written on the page, not what you intended to write.”
Stephen has been involved professionally with children’s books for more than thirty-six years. He has worked with such authors as Carolyn Coman, Roald Dahl, Madeleine L’Engle, Martine Leavitt, An Na, Marilyn Nelson, Uri Shulevitz, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, and he will bring the same critical eye to your work that he brought to theirs.
“Any manuscript, however rough, has elements essential to the finished product,” Roxburgh says. “It takes . . . close attention to identify those elements–elements that once isolated and enumerated will dictate the shape of the whole.”
Editing for Writers is limited to six participants, and the August 30 deadline is fast approaching. To apply, or for more information, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights Foundation Founders Workshops take place near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. You’ll stay in your own cozy cabin, surrounded by 1,300 wooded acres and hiking trails. Workshop fee includes individual cabins; all meals (provided by a top-notch chef); airport pickup service, if needed; and an intimate teaching setting in the living room of the Founders of Highlights for Children.