Jodi Henley Workshops for 2017

Workshops for 2017



First Five Pages Professional Edit

5/17-5/30

Readers, editors and agents often stop reading by the end of the first 5 pages. Why does that happen? The story took too long to get moving, the readers didn't engage with the character, the opening was confusing, there was too much information, there wasn't enough information, they weren't hooked enough to continue ... and so on. There are a lot of reasons to put a story down. It's your job to force that reader to keep turning pages. Professional editor Jodi Henley can pinpoint issues quickly and give you specifics for improving your opening. There's a saying in the publishing business that "the opening sells the first book and the ending sells the next book." You may have an explosive story deeper in, but the reader will never know if they stop short. Take advantage of this special offer to have the first 5 pages of your story reviewed by an editor who knows what she's doing. Grab your readers from page one and don't let go of them.

Fiction and Narrative nonfiction welcome. Bring a word document of your first 5 pages (only) and in proper manuscript format: Double spaced, 1" borders all around, 12 pt font (normally Courier or Times New Roman). You don't have to stop in the middle of a sentence. Find a good place to stop after the end of a sentence within those five pages. Any additional pages will not be critiqued. Once you enter the classroom (it opens 24 hours before the workshop starts) you'll find place to load your homework where only you and Jodi will be able to access the pages.

Jodi would also appreciate it if you'd also bring your literal ending (the last chapter, last five pages, etc) and a synopsis or free form ramble of what your story is about. Because she's a developmental editor, she likes to make sure everything works together to produce a cohesive whole.

You may enter this workshop at any point during the 2 weeks it is available. You can submit your 5 pages until the last day. The classroom will remain open for 20 additional days after the workshop ends so that you can review any comments posted by students and Jodi. This will also allow her time to complete pages and return them to the students.

Last Draft Power Edits
 

5/4-5/10

Description of Workshop:

Your story is structurally sound, your conflict is perfect, and everyone does the right thing in the right place—SO WHY ISN’T IT WORKING???? There’s something missing and you (and your critique partners) can’t put a finger on it. Touch up those trouble spots with DIY developmental edits so you can find the issues every time. Learn to “see” where you’re throttling back on the emotion, where to slow down and expand actions or scenes, where to speed up, and how pinpoint, tiny changes can take a borderline book from four to five stars.

What is required to be prepared for this class?

A finished manuscript. Length and draft don’t matter. If it’s long, short, rough or polished, this is the workshop for you.  Note: This is not a copy edit workshop. This is about making sure you’re writing a story that will grip your reader from start to finish.

Will there be homework and feedback?
yes

Additional Information:

You will be fixing your trouble spots in this workshop, and be provided with lots of constructive feedback, so you can replicate the process and results going forward. However, this is not the workshop for people with outlines, multiple endings or beginnings. For that, I would suggest First Draft Developmental Edits.

First Draft Developmental Edit

1/25-1/31/2017

Description of Workshop:

You know you should get a developmental editor, but your budget doesn't stretch that far. Character arcs, story lines, pacing, plot and theme, You wish there was a do-it-yourself alternative guaranteed to fix your manuscript or some way to know you're on the right track. Join Jodi Henley in First Draft Developmental Edits to fix your story quickly and easily, so you can spend more time writing and less time stressing.

What is required to be prepared for this class?

Please have a partially or fully complete manuscript in progress. While First Draft Developmental Edits can be enjoyed in theory, it is of most use to people able to fully utilize it.

Will there be homework and feedback?

yes

Additional Information:

While this workshop covers many issues, it does not cover changing genre during the revision process, specific structural armatures, or experimental lit. It is also not a copy edit workshop. This workshop deals with tightening up a story that will engage readers and bring them back for more.

Your Story Idea 101

2/12-3/11/2017 ( this is a longer workshop that moves at a slower pace so there's plenty of time)

Description of Workshop:

Do you have a story idea and a few scenes? Flesh them out with professional developmental editor, Jodi Henley! Define and troubleshoot your story’s conflict, solidify your characters, tighten your pace, and adjust for length, all “before” getting stuck, or writing yourself down a hole. 90% of writers never see their book in print because of one simple reason – they don’t finish it. The top reason that happens is because they write themselves into a corner and can’t find their way out. If you’ve ever dreamed of working with a professional developmental editor who can help you avoid those pre-project shakes by giving you a road map to follow – this is the workshop for you! Learn to DIY, with Your Story 101!

What is required to be prepared for this class?

Bring your brilliant (or potentially brilliant) story idea. Scenes optional.

Will there be homework and feedback?

yes

Additional Information:

There are many exercises designed to take you through the process of solidifying your project, and lots and lots of feedback. So make sure to talk and get involved! Beginners and newer writers welcome. You’ll be provided with plenty of constructive, and personalized support.

Jumpstart Your Writing!

2/22-2/28/2017

Description of Workshop:

If you’ve hit the wall; have deadlines, and seriously don’t have time for a workshop that might, or might not meet your needs, this is your workshop. Short, sweet, pertinent. 3 days of lessons, 2 days of individualized attention. This 5 day workshop is geared for professional writers looking for some guidance on figuring out if a new book idea is on track. Solve potential problems ahead of time, speed up your production, and avoid walls, holes and wasted scenes. Join Jodi Henley to jump start your writing now!

What is required to be prepared for this class?

Please be a pro. This is not a workshop for beginners. If you are new to writing, please consider Your Story Idea 101.

Will there be homework and feedback?

yes

Additional Information:

There is homework, however it is pertinent to your story, and you’re welcome to spread it out over five days or do it all during the last two days of individualized attention.

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