R110. 101 Drafts: Demystifying Revision in the Editorial Process

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Writers know how to revise for MFA workshops and writing groups, but what does revision look like in the post-MFA publishing world? Hear from writers, an agent, and editors from Hunger Mountain, Nouvella, and Vintage/Anchor. What kinds of edits can you expect from your agent? How many editors will you work with? What role do copyeditors play? And how can a writer keep her vision intact through the (collaborative) process? Let’s talk drafts and developmental editing, style guides and copyedits.


Miciah Bay Gault is director of the MFA in writing and publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, as well as editor of Hunger Mountain and coordinator of the Vermont Book Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Southern Review, AGNI, The Sun, and other journals.

Deena Drewis is the founder and editor of Nouvella, an independent press dedicated to novella-length works of fiction. Nouvella titles have been the recipients of a National Jewish Book Award and an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and have helped launch the career of authors Emma Straub and Edan Lepucki.

Robin MacArthur is the author of Half Wild: Stories (winner of the PEN/NewEngland award for fiction and a finalist for the New England Book Award), and of the novel Heart Spring Mountain. Her essay have appeared in numerous places, including Orion magazine, NPR and Hunger Mountain.

Laura Brown

Claudia Cross


March 7–10, 2018
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