NaNoEdMo

PFWA will present our third annual National Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo) in January, 2016. This is a follow-up to the Philadelphia region’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) held every November. This year’s NaNoEdMo will feature two editing seminars on January 16th and January 30th. (Click here for the PFWA calendar to see the offerings.)

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January 16 – Tools of the Trade & Crafting Your Second Draft

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Location: Community room in the first floor of Walnut Street West Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library

Finishing your first draft is a daunting task, and one that certainly deserves celebration, but on the road to finishing a book it’s only the first of many steps. Moving forward means locating plot holes, eliminating extra characters, and rewriting favorite scenes. In this seminar, editor JR Wesley will talk about useful tools and how to get started on your second draft, plus offer hands-on guidance about applying what’s been learned. (Facebook Event)

 

January 30 – Villains and Antagonists: Building the Other Side of the Story

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Location: Community room in the first floor of Walnut Street West Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library

In any story, the hero can only be as epic as his villain. Readers get to know the protagonist through the course of the narrative, but the antagonist is mostly seen as a counterpoint, a force that clashes with the main character’s goals. Getting readers to invest in that struggle means that the antagonist needs to be fully fleshed out so they can push the protagonist to their limits, offering more difficult obstacles and a more intense struggle. Editor JR Wesley will be offering insights and tips on how to make a villain the star of his own show to take your story to the next level, and how every author can use sympathy for the devil to hook the audience and keep them reading. (Facebook Event)

 

Resources from NanoEdmo 2015:

  • Notes from morning infosession in dropbox here.
  • Editing Workshop Worksheet in dropbox here.

 

Resources from NanoEdmo 2014:

  • This document was given out at NanoEdMo 2014’s “Crafting your Second Draft.” (handout distributed at workshop)
  • Scrivener is a great program for editing large manuscripts. It’s normal cost is $40, but sometimes goes on sale, and winners of nanowrimo get a code for a complimentary copy. To try a free trial, see here.

 

 

Want more info? Get in contact via our contact page or by emailing contact@phfwa.org

 


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