If someone says I didn't work hard but I was successful, don't believe him.
     If someone says I worked hard and I was successful, believe him.
 (Talmudic axiom )  


Editing Yourself

Lots of people can write a story but few can write a well-written story. That’s because most people have trouble editing themselves. They don’t bother to find the exact words that convey their thought. They’re sure that everyone will know what they mean when they write something vague. They cleverly skip illogical or obtuse copy, secretly hoping no one will realize that certain things don’t quite make sense.

Tricks of the Trade

There are “tricks of the trade” people use to help them overcome these obstacles to good writing. Printing and then reading a story is a great way  to see mistakes. Reading out loud, especially dialogue, helps a writer understand character development.

Perfect Strangers

Letting a friend or family member read your story rarely gives you the  constructive criticism you need (especially if the reader is your mother). The best way to help you edit you story is to let others – perfect strangers – criticize it. In workshops, most writers -- budding and professional -- have little patience for a poorly written story. They can tell you, in minute detail, all the flaws of your story (flaws they often can’t see in their own writing) and it’s rare that a group of writers can’t find the big problem in the opening or a closing of a story. Under the watchful eye of a professional writer-teacher, even the less obvious weaknesses in a story soon come to the author’s attention.


Our Creative Writing Workshops are designed to help sharpen your technical talents, fine tune your storyline, and fully develop your characters.  It’s hard work. But as any successful writer will tell you - it’s the best way to get your story written, and published.


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