Heather and I recently travelled to Monterey, California to attend the Big Sur Writer’s workshop, sponsored by Andrea Brown Literary and The Henry Miller Foundation. It was an action-packed weekend of revision, critiquing and networking. As a testament to the experience, I went there thinking my latest manuscript was near done. I left with ideas for ways to make it stronger, a clearer vision of my story’s purpose and new writer friends to bounce ideas off of.
Different from a conference, the Big Sur’s workshop was much more informal. Throughout the weekend we had four sessions of in-depth critiquing in small groups and one-on-one time with an agent or editor to go over a query letter, synopsis or the opening pages of a manuscript. I was impressed by the depth and breadth of critique from both the professionals as well as fellow writers. It’s amazing how feedback on three pages can be applied to an entire manuscript.
Some of the highlights for me were… (more…)