Just like any other piece of the writing process, editing is a craft to be learned. So often the best of stories are held back not by the author’s creativity but by common typos, cliché phrasings, and vague descriptions that don’t hook the reader as much as they could. Where should punctuation go around quotation marks? How can a writer think past smiles, nods, and glances? How can a simple interaction come alive? In this workshop, Author and Editor Kris Spisak will review macro and micro editing techniques and discuss what is essential in editing before beginning the pursuit of publication.
With degrees from the College of William & Mary and the University of Richmond, Kris Spisak began her career as a college writing instructor; however, after six years in the classroom, she transitioned to professional writing and editing. Helping writers sharpen their craft was the driving force behind her book, Get a Grip on your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017), and the creation of her writing program, Grammartopia ®. Kris is on the board of directors of James River Writers, the co-founder of Midlothian Web Solutions, and is also pursuing the publication of her first novel.