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How to Practice Successful Editing: A Craft Lecture with Johnnie Bernhard

May 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT


Sat, May 7, 10am-12pm, CST, offered via Zoom
Instructor: Johnnie Bernhard
Nonmember: $75; Member: $50; Student/Vet/Mil: $25

“To write is human, to edit is divine.”–Stephen King.

Bestselling author Stephen King understands one of the most important, yet difficult parts of the writing process is editing. All writers, if they are committed to producing the most compelling versions of their work, must tangle with this aspect of craft at some point. Join award-winning author Johnnie Bernhard as she demystifies the editing process for prose writers of all levels and unpacks the different types of editing you can take part in to unlock your truest voice and push your work to its highest level.  All participants will come away with concrete examples of tools that improve writing and a deepened awareness of the editing process and how best to apply it to their own work. By the end of this craft lecture and interactive workshop, we hope you will also see, as King does, the essential, even “divine,” role of editing in empowering your writing practice.

“Good writing comes from good editing & reading. It is the trinity writers cannot ignore. Read good literature, books that keep you up at night.” Read Johnnie Bernhard’s Writer’s Desk interview. https://buff.ly/3tubmkE

Johnnie Bernhard’s debut novel, A Good Girl (2017) was a finalist in literary fiction, Kindle Book Awards. Her second novel, How We Came to Be (2018) received the Summerlee Book Prize, HM.  Her third novel, Sisters of the Undertow (2020) was selected for discussion at the AWP  Conference, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the Southern Book Festival/Humanities Tennessee. Named “Best of the University Presses, 100 Books” by the Association of University Presses, it also received First Place in the Press Women of Texas Communications Contest. All her novels are in the permanent collection of the Texas Center for the Book. Johnnie was also a 2020 TEDx speaker for the Fearless Women Series.


May 7, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Alexandra van de Kamp