Outlining After the Draft: How to Use Outlines as Revision Tools

Saturday, March 8th, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

There are lots of good ways to revise, but one very successful way is to create an outline of your scenes after the manuscript is done. In this class, we'll begin by identifying the elements of a narrative that drive the story forward, learning how to spot problem areas like repeated scenes, lagging moments, and lazy episodes. Then students will create an outline (using index cards) of their scenes. In a guided exercise/workshop environment, we will hone the outline so that students can use it to create a stronger story. Students should bring a draft of a story or a section of a novel draft as well as a pack of index cards. The story or novel section doesn't have to be printed out as it will be for students' use only.

"Henriette Lazaridis Power was an excellent speaker who exuded energy, confidence and positive reinforcement. She was adept at managing the discussion, including everyone while staying on track, and honing in on important information. I left the seminar excited to begin organizing and drafting a new novel."

"Pace of class and combo of lecture, writing and group work was wonderful!"

"Good solid guidelines on how to begin writing a book."


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  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


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