Story Doctoring - First aid for your manuscript - ONE-ON-ONE
Not sure what isn’t working in your manuscript? Overwhelmed by the idea of tackling the second draft? Need professional help to improve the story but can’t afford an assessment? Look no further!
Part-course, part-mentorship, Story Doctoring is a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with an editor to identify the developmental and structural elements of your manuscript that most need improvement. Participants supply two sample scenes and complete a detailed questionnaire to help editor and course presenter Libby M Iriks diagnose your manuscript’s malady. From there, Libby will provide feedback and suggest a treatment plan, made up of three lessons, to address areas of concern.
Suggested lessons, targeted to your specific needs, will be chosen from those below:
• Characters revisited – nail the GMCs of the main characters
• The big picture – outline the protagonist’s journey and the plot’s development using a three-act structure
• The deep dive – practise deep immersion into a character’s POV to foster reader-character connection
• Superb scene structure – use cause and effect to structure scenes that will engage the reader
• Kickstart your roadmap – plot the opening scenes, from the setup to the second turning point (all of Act 1)
Upon completion of the course, participants should not only have a clear vision for how to tackle revisions and/or subsequent drafts, but they should also have the confidence to do so.
The course is designed for those writers who are still developing their craft. All concepts will be explained for those who come with little writing experience. Participants who completed the group course in 2020 can still benefit from the opportunity to workshop a new story and receive specific developmental feedback on a completed draft.
10-20 hours. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the course within four weeks, though I am happy to allow up to eight weeks for completion.
Participants will submit five assignments, most as uploaded Word documents via Moodle. Feedback will be given using Word's commenting tool.
Libby M Iriks is a specialist romance editor. She is dedicated, supportive and professional, and enjoys nothing more than helping authors shape and polish their manuscripts until they shine.
With in-house experience as a commissioning romance editor, Libby knows what readers want. In a competitive market, romance stories must meet readers’ genre expectations, so who better to edit your romance manuscript than a professional who knows the genre?
Libby writes contemporary romance stories set in small towns where the chemistry sizzles and love is forever. Her debut novella, The Game of Love, is available now. Find out more about it on her author website: https://libbymiriks.com.
When she’s not reading, writing or editing stories about people falling in love, you can find her trying to keep her small collection of house plants alive or listening to the soft snores of her cat, Poppy.
Libby offers romance manuscript assessments, and editing and mentoring services. Contact her today at http://perfectpearediting.com to find out how she can help you polish your manuscript and become a better writer.
Course Dates (each month may extend to 8 weeks):
- 1st - 28th February 2021
- 1st - 31st March 2021
- 1st - 30th April 2021
- 1st - 31st May 2021
- 1st - 30th June 2021
- 1st - 31st July 2021
- 1st - 30th September 2021
- 1st - 31st October 2021
- 1st - 30th November 2021
Cost: RWA-Member – $165.00 Non RWA-Member – $198.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.
Venue: Online - RWA Moodle Platform
Participants will receive a log in 2 days prior to course commencement
(Participants will be notified of access/login details via email from the RWA Academy Registrar 2 days prior to the commencement of the course)
RWA Academy Courses PO Box Q740 Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
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