Writing Workshop: Rocking Your Revisions

Do you enjoy learning new things? I do.

I learned a lot recently as I prepared to present my first-ever writing workshop.

On Saturday July 16th I’ll be hanging out with the Yosemite Romance Writers, an RWA® chapter that meets in Fresno, California. I’m eager to meet this talented group and know I’m going to have a wonderful time with them.

What will we be discussing? Revisions. We’re going to explore ways to rock them.

There will also be chocolate. Several of my illustrations involve the delectable treat. I’ve got fun activities planned as well. And, yes, one of them involves chocolate.

We’ll talk revisions, of course. After all that’s a subject near to my writerly heart. But my goal is not simply to equip the audience with some useful tools. I want to encourage them. To spark excitement for a process that can take our stories from good to great.

Can chocolate help to accomplish that? Of course. Chocolate is an amazing product, right?

So, I’m packing my bag, gathering my props, and preparing to have a blast.

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What workshops have you found most helpful?

How did the speaker generate excitement for the subject?

Have you considered presenting a workshop? If so, what topic interests you?


About Keli Gwyn

I'm an award-winning author of inspirational historical romance smitten with the Victorian Era. I'm currently writing for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line of wholesome, faith-filled romances. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was released July 1, 2012. I'm represented by Rachelle Gardner of Book & Such Literary. I live in a Gold Rush-era town at the foot of the majestic Sierras. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, other Gold Country towns and historical museums. When I'm not writing I enjoy taking walks, working out at Curves™ and reading.
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18 Responses to Writing Workshop: Rocking Your Revisions

  1. Sherrinda says:

    Wish I could go! I’d love to sit at your feet and learn, learn, learn! Are your notes up for sale??? 😉

  2. Loree Huebner says:

    Best wishes on your workshop. I know it will go great for everyone. I hope you do a blog post on this topic.

    One of the best workshops that I have ever attended was when I was a new writer. It was on POV.

  3. Alica says:

    Have a great time!

  4. Good luck, Keli! You’ll have them all begging for more…literally. 🙂 Wish I could be there to learn from you. I’m nearing this phase and I’m somewhat clueless on the subject.

  5. Shame on you for giving me a craving for a Mr. Goodbar! You’ll do awesome at your workshop! I really enjoyed Martha Rogers’ workshop on writing in deep POV, and I was able to immediately improve my writing. She explained it in a way that made it click in my brain.

  6. The best workshop I ever had was a half-day clinic with Donald Maass where he had us do exercises using our current wip. It was amazing how you can take one line and make it sizzle. He’s superb.

    • Oh Patti, I am jealous. I’d love to find a workshop with D. Maass down here in South Florida. He doesn’t do them here much, but I am certain it would be an unforgettable experience 🙂

  7. Chocolate and Keli Gwyn wisdom in one place? Can I time-warp myself there? 🙂

    In my former day job, I used to train new recruits and loved it. I’d love to get back into teaching in some way, especially related to my new day job of a mama writer. 🙂 I guess I have to figure out what I actually know so I can teach it. 🙂

  8. Sounds like a wonderful workshop Keli – – wish I was one of your students! 🙂 And the chocolate would just be the icing on the cake (sorry for the cliche, LOL). 😉 I’m sure you’ll do a great job. ~ All of the workshops I’ve taken at the ACFW conferences have been very beneficial to me, which is another reason I’m SO looking forward to this year’s conference!

  9. Susan Mason says:

    Good for you, Keli! Your Toastmaster training will come in handy for sure!!
    I know you will help so many writers. Have a great time!


  10. cynthiaherron says:

    Oh, I wish I could come! Chocolate…mmmm. Will that come at the beginning, middle, or end of your workshop? 🙂

    I’ve not presented a workshop yet, Keli, though I’m looking forward to new opportunities. Years ago, as a very green writer, I had the wonderful pleasure of hearing Lori Copeland speak. She was warm, down-to-earth, and very encouraging. When she opened the floor for discussion and questions, that’s when I learned the most. She was very gracious (and smiled often!)

  11. candidkerry says:

    Praying for a wonderful weekend, Keli. They’ll learn so much from you! And when chocolate is involved, ain’t nothing can go wrong. 🙂

  12. I will fight Julie for the Mr. Goodbar! Have a great time. I’d love to be there too. Looking forward to your posts about the experience and your pointers. 🙂

  13. I hope your workshop went good. And the chocolate is making my mouth water.

  14. Hello Keli … this is my first visit to your “regular” blog and not “Journey” … I read the series you did on the NYC RWA conference and it was wonderful, including all the great pictures you took. I’m so glad you enjoyed so much of my great city … The City …

    I have been to some very interesting workshops and for some time now I’ve missed them. I am hoping that in the coming season here in Florida (when our snowbirds return) we get a whole new crop of interesting topics to explore. I might consider one on finding a good CP.

    Good to read you here and thanks for an interesting post 🙂

  15. Keli, I hope you enjoyed presenting!

  16. Cathy West says:

    Can’t wait to hear how this went for you, Keli!

  17. Keli Gwyn says:

    Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers. The workshop went better than I thought possible. I had a wonderful time and met some talented writers who treated me like royalty. My July 18, 2011 post documents my experience as well as lessons I learned.

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