Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 8 AM to 5:30 PM
What is Writers’ Day?
Writers’ Day is the region’s most exciting writing conference, attracting bestselling authors, award winners, laureates, and more. In 2015, we welcome as our keynote speaker Anita Diamant, best-selling author of twelve books including The Red Tent. We have a ton of workshops and seminars led by an incredible line-up of professional writers, editors, agents, and publishers. The conference includes the option of face-to-face manuscript critiques and agent/publisher one-on-one pitch sessions. The day will be followed by the inaugural induction ceremony for the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame. Hosted at Southern NH University in Manchester.
Writers’ Day is brought to you in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts, Delta Dental, and Southern NH University. Thank you to Gibson’s Bookstore. Thank you also to the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, who provides a major grant for NHWP’s programming throughout the year.
Here is a description of our event:
1F/2M WISE TO REVISE: SOMEONE READ MY DRAFT! NOW WHAT DO I DO?
with Becky and Adi Rule
Two takes from mother and daughter writers, Becky and Adi Rule, on how they move their drafts along. Yuh, we write and rewrite and so forth. Along the way we need to know how our words are being received. When is it time for feedback and revision? What editorial comments are helpful, and when should you ignore? When is it time to say “good enough” and push forward? From short works to long, picture books to short stories to novels for young and not-so-young adults, Becky and Adi will address some common feedback comments, what they (might) mean, and what you should (maybe) do about them. In this workshop we’ll discuss, demonstrate, offer tips for eliciting and incorporating useful feedback, and play around with the serious subject of moving drafts out of the mud and onto the turnpike.
Rebecca Rule is the author of ten books including short story collections and several works of nonfiction like Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire. Her most recent book, The Iciest Diciest Scariest Sled Ride Ever!, recalls the Great Crust of 1965, when “the world was ice and we were skaters without skates.” It received the 2014 NHWP award for Outstanding Picture Book.
Adi Rule is a cat lackey, writer, and proud owner of an original Robostrux Terox. Her young adult novel Strange Sweet Song is out now from St. Martin’s Press, with Redwing coming in 2015. She has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she won the Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Prize for novels. www.adirule.com