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"Like Doing Surgery on Yourself: How to Objectively (and Painlessly) Edit Your Own Writing” with Jennifer Ziegler

3/3/2012 From 1 pm to 4 pm

$49 members / $109 nonmembers

Location: St. Edwards University, Austin

Fleck Hall 106

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You’ve finished a draft of your book. Congratulations! Now what? Before you go to prospective agents, editors, or even your trusted critique partners, your manuscript could benefit from a good self-edit. In fact, this is a crucial step that should never be skipped. But where do you start? How does one refine and revise his/her own work without getting confused or making a mess of things?

This fun and informative class will look at:

* How to know when to tinker and when not to tinker
* How to get into a self-editing mindset
* Manuscript mortal wounds that always need fixing
* Done versus “done!”
* How to develop and get along with your own inner critic

Jennifer Ziegler is an Austin-based author who has written over twenty novels for such publishers as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Putnam. Her YA novel How Not to Be Popular was a pick for the 2009 Lone Star Reading List and made the 2010 International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choice List. Her newest book, Sass & Serendipity, gives Jane Austen a South Texas spin.