Editing and Revising your Manuscript for the Marketplace with Farzana Doctor

You’ve finally written the last sentence of your manuscript and breathed a sigh of relief.  Now it’s time to edit and revise this first-draft manuscript. How do you go about it when you’ve never learned how? This question, among others, will be carefully addressed in the Write Now Retreat focusing on editing and revising your next draft.

Over the course of three days of instruction and a rare opportunity for one-on-one consultation, instructor Farzana Doctor will introduce the basic elements of strong narrative, covering line editing, word choice, and deepening characterization. She will introduce you to strategies and writing exercises that might answer many questions raised during the editing and revision process: Do your plot problems seem unfixable? Does a character fall flat? Are there scenes that don’t flow smoothly? Is there dialogue that feels stiff and unnatural?

If you cringe at the thought of starting on your next draft, you’ll be in good company during this retreat with a supportive group of writers and an experienced instructor such as Farzana. With her understanding and insight, you will have the tools to hone your story further during the polishing stage and make your book market-ready and the best it can be.

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This retreat is appropriate for novel writers editing first or later draft manuscripts, and writers wanting to learn more about the editing and revision process.

About Write Now Retreats

Each year, we assemble a team of award-winning authors to lead intensive writing retreats with daily instruction, one-on-one consultations, creative exercises to encourage and inspire writing, and an exclusive pass to the Stratford Writers Festival. Surrounded by Stratford’s artistic vibe, this creative and nurturing environment helps take your writing to the next level, whatever stage you’re at. For more information, visit the Write Now Retreat page and read through the detailed FAQ section.

About Farzana Doctor

Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award), and the recently released All Inclusive. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now” (2012), and was voted Best Author in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Poll. She curates the Brockton Writers Series.


“I was lucky to have Farzana Doctor workshop a key piece of an early draft of my debut novel, The Darkhouse. She was kind and generous with her feedback, with keen insight on how to elevate the material. She also offered perspective on navigating the publishing world from her years as an accomplished and lauded writer.”
~ Barbara Radecki
“I attended the “How to be your own editor” workshop at Hamilton’s GritLit Readers and Writers Festival. Farzana Doctor did an excellent job. Everyone seemed to get a lot from her workshop. Her insight and sharing of her personal experience was very helpful for new authors like myself.”
~ Steve Authier
“I went

[to a workshop} with a student from my high school’s GSA. Meeting an out and successful LGBT author was inspiring for her and Farzana’s exercises gave her confidence that she, too, has stories to tell. We both left inspired to take our writing to the next level.”
~ Seff R. Davis
“I have attended Farzana’s workshops on book promotion. Her presentations are always relevant and helpful, leaving me equipped to self-promote my work.”
~ Mary Lou Dickinson

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