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Webinar: The Real Writing – Techniques on Tackling Tough Revisions

Date(s) - 02/16/2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Real Writing: Techniques on Tackling Tough Revisions

Thursday, February 16 – 12:00 Noon

SCBWI Montana Webinar – Presented by Susan Adrian

“That’s the magic of revisions—every cut is necessary, and every cut hurts, but something new always grows.” 
Kelly Barnhill

First drafts are where the story gets its start, but revisions are where it becomes something real, something whole and alive. But how do you tackle this seemingly impossible task? How do you simultaneously deepen characters and cut extraneous scenes, refine language and improve pacing? How do you even know where to begin? Whether you're working on your own or tackling a 10-page edit letter, this webinar will go over strategies for revision, for shaping that messy draft into a polished book.

Once you register, you'll reveive an email with the link to log in for the webinar. This email will go out about a week before the actual event. If you are unable to attend the actual presentation time, your link to work to access the recording of the webinar. This recording can be viewed by registered participants at any time for one week after the event.


Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who fortunately stumbled into living in Montana. She danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching crazy stuff, traveling, and writing more books. Her young adult sf thrillers TUNNEL VISION and THE DARK AT THE END are out now, and her debut middle-grade fantasy NUTCRACKED will be available from Random House September 2017.

Susan is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of kt literary. She is a member of SCBWI, SFWA, and ITW, and a proud founding member of the Fearless Fifteeners debut group.