Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members
Saturday May 6, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Ever had a great story you want to submit to a contest, but its 3,400 words and the limit is 3,000? Have the major moving parts of your novel or memoir working well, and now you’re ready to dive into the line editing stage of revision (before you find the perfect agent or publisher)? This seminar will familiarize you with common writing issues that may detract from your prose’s strength. Focused, surgical revision can help you eliminate those weasel words and tighten up your phrasing so readers see you at your best. Participants will do a series of exercises on their work to understand and apply surgical revision techniques.
Kristie Smeltzer’s writing has appeared in So to Speak, The Florida Review, Eclectica Magazine, and the Apeiron Review. Her story, “Bridges,” was a runner-up Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art’s 2007 Fiction Contest. Her story, “The Fine Art of Goldfish,” received an honorable mention in the WriterHouse/C-ville Weekly 2015 Fiction Contest and appears in Apeiron Review’s Issue 10. Her story, “The Drunken Witch of Birch Street,” is forthcoming in The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review . Kristie is currently working on three novels. She earned her MFA at the University of Central Florida. She resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, and teaches at WriterHouse.