Taking cues from Natalie Goldberg’s classic Writing Down the Bones, this virtual evening seminar and Q&A will focus on rereading and rewriting, with emphasis on revision as “envisioning again”. The instruction will consider what constitutes vagueness in writing and how to see the desired picture again, plus how to add details that will bring the work closer to the writer’s original idea, from Janet Burroway’s elemental Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft.
Adele Annesi is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher, and co-author of Now What? The Creative Writer's Guide to Success After the MFA. A founder of the Ridgefield Writers Conference and Muse & Music, a book editor for Word for Words, LLC, and a former development editor for Scholastic Publishing, Adele writes for 34th Parallel, Authors Publish Magazine, Fresh Ink, Fringe Blog, Hamline University’s Lit Link, Hersam Acorn Media, Midway Journal, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Washington Independent Review of Books and Southern Literary Review, where she served as managing editor. Adele’s work has been anthologized for Chatter House Press and Fairfield University, where she received an MFA in creative writing. Her essay on Italian citizenship is among the Clarion Award-winning Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers, and her sudden fiction has been adapted for the stage. Adele also lectures and leads creative writing workshops for the Westport Writers’ Workshop.
Best-suited for writers of fiction, memoir and personal narrative, this year’s conference also addresses traditional and independent publishing in an era of COVID. To make the most of the time, attendees should select a writing project they plan to revise and prepare a list of queries, as the event includes a moderated Q&A following the seminar. An agenda and informational handout will be sent in advance.
Sponsored by Word for Words, LLC, and hosted by the Ridgefield Library, this year’s virtual conference takes place via the library’s Zoom platform and is free, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required and takes place via the Events page of the Ridgefield Library website. For more information, email Word for Words for call 203.894.1908.