FOURTH DRAFT - PATHWAY TO PUBLISHING
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As you may know, we are launching Rising Tide Books as a publishing arm of the Writers’ Studio in 2014 to give writers who follow our process to the end an opportunity to publish their work.
This twelve-month course is for people who have completed our Third Draft and wish to finish their novel and get the manuscript to a publishable standard over twelve months.
By that we mean:
The course will also create accountability and inspiration to help you finish your novel in the twelve months.
It is Roland’s experience that this is the point in the process where many stories start to fully realise their potential.
It goes without saying we only want to publish quality stories and we believe this course will help you achieve that end.
And I'm pleased to report the process of getting feedback from a professional editor, the group and myself has produced outstanding results,
“I will be completely honest and come out of the closet and declare that I have been full of doubt that any of our stories would ever hit the shelves with any degree of success. But I was wrong. Everyone’s writing has taken off. The quantum leaps in sentence structure, pacing and vocabulary would be impressive enough. But more, the emotion, the subtlety of plot and the development character are an order of magnitude better. I now see that all are within a whisker of publication.” Gilbert Mane - Headmaster
"Everyone's work is now alive and much harder to put down." Claire Gilles
"The voice of each writer is much clearer and confident; there is a sense of finding and settling down with the voice. There is a shift from being a slave to language to owning it. This is really satisfying to see. As I was reading everyone's work for this session, I felt that the writing in general has reached a close-to-publishable standard, better than many of the printed books I read.” Wallace Lee – project manager
Please note one:
If you haven't done the novel and script courses with us and are working on a novel, you can work through the pathway to publishing process with a personal editor/mentor.
If you are writing a film script, you can work through the process with a professional script editor who will help you get your script to a point where it is ready for you to submit it to funding bodies and producers.
Please note two:
Whether you choose to find an agent, a traditional publisher or Rising Tide Books, this course will give you a process, tools, techniques, outside input and a support system to enable you to get your novel into very good shape.
START DATE: 4 OCTOBER, 2014
SESSION 1) Saturday - October 4
SESSION 2) Saturday - November 22
SESSION 3) Saturday - February 7, 2015
SESSION 4) Saturday - April 11
SESSION 5) Saturday - June 27
SESSION 6) SUNDAY - September 27
COURSE FEE: PLACES ARE LIMITED
The process works along similar lines to the third draft, using different templates and significantly longer word counts.
We also have a professional editors working with Roland, Shelley Kenigsberg
Shelley has worked in-house with Harper Collins, Harcourt Brace, John Wiley, Macquarie University and has been Head of Macleay College’s Editing Diploma for the past 21 years.
One-on-One with Shelley
Towards the end of the course, she will work on 20,000 words of your story and you will have a one-on-one consultation with her.
At the end of the course, you will have a clear idea of what you need to do before presenting your work to an editor, who will need to go through your work in detail before publication.
HOW THE COURSE WORKS
Over the twelve months, we will meet six times (See below for details).
You will receive feedback on larger chunks of your story than in the Third Draft (3,000 to 5,000 and ultimately 20,000 words).
Getting feedback on the extra length from the Third Draft ensures you get the flow and pacing of your story working at a high level.
Session One – Five-page synopsis
Having a clear spine will give you confidence in your story and guide you through the whole process.
There will be a one month break between sessions one and two.
SESSIONS TWO TO SIX
As well as looking at writing and story elements addressed in the third draft, we will be using a feedback template in order to go a step deeper into your writing.
This includes analysing:
Often when you look at a longer section of a story you can see what is and isn’t working at a much clearer level.
Two months between sessions two and three
Two months between sessions three and four
Two months between sessions four and five
Three months between sessions five and six so you can work on 20,000 words to present to Shelley and meet with her for a one-on-one consultation before the final class.
During the final session, you will look at: