After NaNoWriMo: Revising Your Novel

Writing a first draft is merely the first step to bringing a book or story into the world.  Most of the magic of writing occurs during the revision process. As Author Barbara Kingsolver notes:  “Pounding out a first draft is like hoeing a row of corn – you just keep your head down and concentrate on getting to the end.  Revision is where fine art begins.”  In this workshop, led by Lori DeBoer, participants will learn how to revise like a pro.  We’ll discuss what it means to revise deeply, the ten story tests your work must pass and tricks for stepping back and seeing your work more clearly.  Whether you have just finished your first draft forNaNoWriMo or you are prepping a manuscript to send to an agent, this workshop is for you.

The workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2015. Please reserve your spot before 1 p.m. the day of the class.  The Boulder location will be mailed to you by 1 p.m. that day, so please check your inboxes.

General Admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased at:

About the Instructor:

Lori DeBoer is the founder of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop and works as an independent writing teacher and coach. She is a contributing editor for Short Story Writer and her essays on writing have been published in Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts, Keep It Real: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Research and Writing Creative Nonfiction and A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF.  She has had more than a thousand articles and essays published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals, including The Bellevue Literary Review, The New York Times, Arizona Highways, Pithead Chapel, Working Woman, America West Airlines Magazine, Black Enterprise, Gloom Cupboard, PHOENIX Magazine and more. One of her stories was top-25 finalist for a Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest and another was shortlisted for the Bellevue Literary Prize, judged by Jane Smiley.

Lori has helped hundreds of writers meet their personal and professional goals. Her client awards have included: Finalist, Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; The Glyph Award; First Place, North American Travel Journalists Association; Salon Editor’s Pick; Finalist, Tin House literary award; Finalist, Southwest Writers contest; Colorado Book Award; First Place, Society of Professional Journalists; Third Place, CIPA EVVY Award for Spiritual Writing and more. Her clients have been published in the following general interest magazines and literary magazines: Wend, Women’s Health, 5280, Arizona Highways, Sunset, Men’s Journal, Outside, Backpacker, Go World Travel, Heartlands, The Arizona Republic, The Coachella Review, Runner’s World, Salon and more.

She lives with her husband and son in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit