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Editor, educator and novelist Mary Rakow to lead weekend workshop


Mastering Editing and Revision: A Writing Workshop

Iowa Writers’ House — Friday, Apr. 22–Sunday, Apr. 24

Mary Rakow
Mary Rakow teaches a weekend-long workshop on editing and revision Apr. 22–24; photo courtesy Iowa Writers’ House.

The Iowa Writers’ House is hosting a workshop this weekend with writer Mary Rakow. In advance of this, Rakow will be reading from her novel, This is Why I Came, which was released in December. The reading will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 7 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

Rakow, who has studied a Boston College and Harvard Divinity School, frequently teaches classes and workshops for both experienced and newer writers. This course, titled Mastering Editing and Revision, is open to writers of all levels, but participants are encouraged to bring a writing sample (5–10 pages) as a starting point for discussing revisions. As an added benefit to the workshop, Rakow will be offering 30-minute one-on-one sessions with each participant, which can be scheduled during available slots Thursday through Saturday.

“Often the difference between a good piece and a great piece lies in the writer’s ability to both to ruthlessly reduce and delicately refine their work,” the course description notes. “This workshop is designed to help writers develop and hone their editor’s eye through review of their own work and participating in peer critique through the traditional ‘workshop’ method.”

Rakow’s workshop will be held at The Iowa Writers’ House, 332 E Davenport St. The opening session is Friday, Apr. 22, 6-8 p.m. It continues Saturday, Apr. 23, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 24, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The course costs $265 for the entire weekend; scholarships are available. Registration and scholarship information can be found on the Iowa Writers’ House website.


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