This is what Midwest Writers does: we provide writers with opportunities to improve their writing.
So, take advantage of THIS opportunity!
Get the first 10 pages of your manuscript evaluated by TWO professional authors and editors.
MWW October 10th “Manuscript Makeover for FICTION” session with Holly Miller and Dr. Dennis Hensley still has openings.
If you write any kind of fiction (young adult, contemporary, romance, literary fiction, women’s fiction, middle grade, fantasy, science fiction — really, we can’t list them all) — except mystery and we offer a separate Manuscript Makeover for that, see below — then sign up for this one-day intensive session.
Manuscript Makeover is limited to 20 participants who have fiction projects–either novels or short stories-in progress. The six-hour workshop is led by Holly G. Miller, author of Feature and Magazine Writing and consulting editor to two national magazines, and Dennis E. Hensley, chair of the professional writing department at Taylor University and author of Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours. After registering for the class, each participant should e-mail a one-page synopsis–with a working title–plus the first nine pages of his/her project to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please double-space and format in 12-point Times New Roman font.
Holly and Dennis will personally edit all pages to return to the authors at the workshop. In addition, the instructors will display on a screen and discuss portions of each student’s manuscript. Students will receive folders filled with handouts plus their edited manuscript midway through the day. As time permits, Holly and Dennis will discuss plots, character development, editing techniques, finding an agent, and marketing a published book.
The instructors have co-authored seven books together-including a series of novels as well as completed several solo book assignments.
Here’s what others say about their MM experience:
Wow! Am I glad I came to the MWW Manuscript Makeover. Dennis and Holly enabled me to see what I had missed before. Their help was sensible, practical and needed. Glad I came.
You could spend weeks, even months pouring over countless “how-to” books covering every detail needed to successfully publish your manuscript–or–you could spend a day at the Midwest Writers’ Manuscript Makeover!
Like most writers, I tend to be quite solitary in nature. So I was shaking in my lucky boots last spring while I clicked the “send” button that signed me up!
Arriving, day-of, my knees were still knocking as we all introduced ourselves and exchanged pleasantries. I was both shocked and surprised by the variant levels of career achievement of the writers surrounding me. There were beginners (like me) and there were seasoned, working pros, genre hoppers and even those who were already represented by agents! The most amazing part was realizing (only one hour into the workshop) I really wanted to skip lunch! The feedback on my own work in progress was priceless, but seeing excerpts and hearing the critique of other writer’s works was absolutely golden. Their samples started discussions about pitfalls I knew I had lurking in my own manuscript (perhaps several chapters down the story-line). I also learned what I was doing well which was a sorely needed boost to my trembling ego!
I really, really, enjoyed the day! I’m still corresponding with another one of the participants, and we have been beta reading and peer coaching each other. Even though we write in totally different genres, it’s been a super experience!
Wendy Hart Beckman:
I participated in Holly Miller and Dennis Hensley’s Manuscript Makeover in March 2015. Even though I have published eight nonfiction books, I knew I could still learn a lot from this pair of talented writers and presenters! My Makeover experience was even better than I’d hoped, because I am currently in the middle of a project, writing with a co-author for the first time, and my co-author was able to attend with me. As I expected, the day was full of great instruction and grand inspiration!
October 10, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, IN
Let’s talk about ROI—Return on Investment. If you choose to invest in your writing career by attending the Manuscript Makeover workshop, here’s what you’ll get in return:
- The opening 10 pages and the synopsis of your novel will be double-edited by two professional writers who have written, between them, more than 35 published books.
- You’ll receive feedback from other participants in the workshop, many of whom comprise your target audience.
- Your working title will be discussed and compared with the titles of current bestsellers.
- You’ll complete a “blooper quiz” (no grades, we promise) that will sharpen your line-editing skills.
- You’ll be given a folder filled with handouts that have been custom-prepared to help you move your manuscript closer to publication.
- You’ll leave the workshop knowing exactly what your next steps should be.
Who should attend Manuscript Makeover? You’ll find the workshop helpful if you identify with one of these three situations:
If you’ve barely begun a book project and are unsure if you should continue;
if you’ve completed a book-length manuscript and wonder if it’s ready to be sent to an agent or editor;
if you’ve completed a book-length manuscript and have attempted to market it but without success.
This is a busy day, but it’s also a fun day. Everyone is on a first-name basis because as different as we are, we have a lot in common: We’re readers and we’re writers, even if our words have yet to be published!
Two other MM sessions also have a few openings!
“Manuscript Makeover for MYSTERY” Led by Terence Faherty
Terence Faherty is a two-time Edgar nominee for the Owen Keane series, which follows the adventures of a failed seminarian turned meta-physical detective. He is a two-time winner of the Shamus Award for his Scott Elliott private eye series, which is set in the golden age of Hollywood. His short fiction has won the Macavity Award from Mystery Readers International. His latest book, The Quiet Woman, is a romantic mystery set in Ireland, with a ghost.
“Manuscript Makeover for NONFICTION” Led by Hank Nuwer
Hank Nuwer is the author of 26 books, 22 in nonfiction. His thousands of nonfiction articles have been published by Harper’s, The Nation, Saturday Evening Post, GQ, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Fraternal Law, Diablo (city) Magazine, Boston Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and many more.