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3-Month Novel Revision Mentorship Program with Samantha Mabry

Program Begins March 22, 2020

APPLY BY March 1, 2020

 

We are very excited to offer a limited enrollment 3-Month Novel Revision Mentorship Program with Samantha Mabry, the author of the young adult novels A Fierce and Subtle Poison (2016) and All the Wind in the World (Algonquin Young Readers), which was long-listed for the National Book Award and named by Amazon as a Best Book of 2017. Her short work has been featured in D Magazine and [foreshadow]. She has a Masters Degree in English from Boston College and currently teaches composition, Latinx Literature, and creative writing at El Centro College in Dallas, TX. 

The Ideal Applicant will come to this mentorship program with the willingness and expectation to tackle substantial revision, on the micro-level (sentences, punctuation, etc), as well as the macro-level (pacing, plot, etc). Applicants should have a “finished” version of a novel (a messy draft is fine) of at least 60K words. The goal is to have a polished novel, a synopsis, and a query letter ready to send out to literary agents by the end of three months.  

This mentorship is meant to motivate and inspire, and it will also hone your skills as a critic of your work and the work of others. Writers accepted into the program will already have a basic knowledge of the tools and craft of writing fiction and are looking for an intensive experience without the cost of a graduate program. Interested applicants will want to be a part of a thriving and intimate fiction cohort and understand that growth in craft requires critique, consistent work, and an eagerness to grow. Accepted applicants will agree to be punctual in their assignments and respectful of the group. 

The Difference Between Revision and Editing. Revision is taking a look at all aspects of your story, from point of view all the way down to commas, with a critical eye. Many writers revise their novels dozens of times, and often the finished product can be drastically different than a first draft. Entire plot lines might be added; others may be cut. Certain characters might get developed in greater detail or deleted altogether. Participants in this workshop will be challenged to develop the ability to see their own novels with fresh eyes and ask crucial questions about what is working and what isn’t. This mentorship will consist of Samantha giving extensive feedback and advice the type of which one might receive in an edit letter from an editor at a publishing house, as well as comments on synopses (short summaries of the novel) and query letters. Critique will focus on strengths, but also on weaknesses. Samantha may recommend craft books or articles, or recommend novels or short stories that she thinks will help the writer. 

In addition, during the monthly seminar, writers will submit/share a process-letter (2-3 pages) detailing the work they’ve accomplished and their areas of concern and success for the month. 

Mentor’s Monthly Input:

  • Three-hour in-person seminar with the ability for remote mentees to join in remotely.

  • One-on-one meeting between mentor and mentee

  • In-line comments and critique letter on submitted manuscript/synopses pages

  • Based on each month’s accomplishments, mentor will suggest new readings or exercises to aid in growth

  • Availability to answer questions and provide encouragement.

  • Seminars meet in-person at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

During the Monthly Seminars:

  • 45 minute to one hour lecture by mentor

  • Writing and revision exercises

  • Roundtable discussions on craft topics and revision progress, also discussion about readings assigned by mentor

  • At end of each seminar students will receive feedback for pages they submitted

  • There will be four meetings total. The final meeting is a wrap-up session.

Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly seminar and participate in one-on-one meeting.

  • Send pages to mentor based on individual project goals negotiated with mentor

  • Create a process-reflection letter discussing achievements and areas of growth and challenge for the month.

  • Participate in group discussions

  • Read articles or craft books mentor may assign to aid growth in specific areas

  • Participate in a monthly one-on-one session with mentor to review individual progress and areas of growth and challenge.

Application Process:

  • Complete Application Questionnaire at the top of this page.

  • Submit a ten-page writing sample plus 200-word synopsis of the entire novel using standard manuscript format to blake@writingworkshopsdallas.com

  • Please title the email “SAMPLE: 3-Month Novel Revision Mentorship Application with Samantha Mabry.”

Tuition Payment:

Full Tuition for the 3-month program is $2,000. Accepted writers must commit to the full three months and plan to attend each seminar session and meet all assigned deadlines. Once accepted into the program, writers can pay the tuition in full or in two equal payments of $1,000 (1st Payment made by March 22nd; 2nd Payment made by April 14th).

Important Dates for March 2020 Novel REVISION Bootcamp Cohort:

ONE-ON-ONE meetings are scheduled on dates listed, but writers will sign up for a specific time slot between 1-5pm on those days.

  • 03/01 Application Deadline

  • 03/08 Acceptance to Program Announced

  • 03/22 First Seminar 1-4pm

(First Pages, Synopses, and Reader Expectations)

  • 03/29 One-on-Ones 1-5pm

  • 04/19 Second Seminar, 1-4pm

(The Global Edit Letter: Voice, Plot, Pacing) 

  • 04/26 One-on-Ones 1-5pm

  • 05/31 Third Seminar, 1-4pm

(How to Fix What’s Broken, or The Answer Is In the Book)

  • 06/07 One-on-Ones 1-5pm

  • 06/21 One-on-Ones 1-5pm

  • 06/28 Final Seminar, 1-4pm

(Query Letters, Pitching Agents, and Editor Expectations)

Additional Program Information:

  • Tuition is $2,000

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Program Dates: March 22nd to June 28th, 2020

  • Remote students will be able to dial in. If a student can’t make a seminar they will need to watch the recorded seminar on their own before their next scheduled one-on-one.

  • NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.  

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this program.


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Mentor Samantha Mabry is the author of the young adult novels A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World, the latter of which was long-listed for the National Book Award and named by Amazon as a Best Book of 2017. Her forthcoming novel, Tigers, Not Daughters, will release in the spring of 2020 from Algonquin Young Readers. Her short work has been featured in D Magazine, [foreshadow], and h_ngm_n. Born and raised in Dallas, Samantha graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a degree in English. After taking a gap year, she moved across the country to complete a Masters in English from Boston College. Then, she moved right back to Texas. Currently, Samantha teaches composition, Latinx Literature, and creative writing at El Centro College in downtown Dallas.