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Vancouver: Translating Critique into Action for Effective Revision with Eric Witchey
April 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Translating Critique into Action for Effective Revision with Eric Witchey
Anyone who has spent time in the saddle in a critique group knows that a writer who satisfies every comment from the group is a writer who is unlikely to sell a story. So, how do you know which comments to address and which to ignore? Most critique groups fall into some shorthand vocabulary that seems to serve that specific group. Some crit vocabulary, like The Turkey City Lexicon, gets shared across groups. However, most critique vocabulary only describes the reader’s experience in terms that are more sophisticated than an uninformed reader would use. This seminar will examine actual critiques for actual stories that went on to sell. Award-winning writer Eric Witchey will demonstrate methods of translating critique group reader responses to stories into effective actions in revision. He will demonstrate the use of control statements for testing criticism, discuss a set of questions for taking action in revision, and provide a catalog of common critique statements and their action-oriented translations.
About Eric Witchey
Eric Witchey is a writer, seminar teacher, course developer, communication consultant, and conference speaker. He has made a living as a freelance writer and communication consultant for over a quarter century. In addition to many contracted and ghost non-fiction titles, he has sold a number of novels and more than 140 stories. His stories have appeared in 12 genres and on five continents. He has received awards or recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, Independent Publisher Book Awards, International Book Awards, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award Program, Short Story America, the Irish Aeon Awards, and other organizations. His How-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines.