Event Details

  • Event Date:
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

Event Description

The Rewrite Desk: Rewriting your own words
with Greg Miller and Ina Hillebrandt

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:30 am – 1:00 p.m.

IWOSC members: $15
Non-members: $35
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Doors open at 10:00.
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By request from our members who couldn’t attend last time, we’ve asked Greg back. This time, he is joined by Ina Hillebrandt.

Finishing a draft of a book or script is an awesome accomplishment – but we all know that at least one more set of revisions will certainly follow, because you probably won’t get it totally right on the first or second draft.

Assessment of a draft and deciding what to emphasize or cut in the next draft is a very delicate stage of the process.

Now you’re not just invested in the project, you’re immersed in it.

How (and if) you proceed will determine if the material shines or the water gets even muddier.

This seminar will cover methods and principles that you can apply to books, scripts, memoir, personal essays, speeches, storytelling, etc.

  • How to get distance (not objectivity) from a project
  • How to get effective (and useful) feedback
  • How to respond favorably to criticism
  • Four different kinds of rewrites
  • Eight ways to re-outline
  • Editing methods and techniques
  • How to keep what you love without including it in your book
  • The benefits of editing before rewriting
  • How to retain your passion and enthusiasm over multiple drafts
  • What to do when your vision of the project changes
  • The importance of theme and motif
  • Clarifying tone, genre and the nature of reader satisfaction
  • Where this project fits in your body of work

This will be a hands-on rewrite clinic for material in any form or genre, so bring a draft of your latest project – or one that’s been marinating in a drawer.

Greg and Ina are experts in the process. They have a lot of tricks up his sleeve and specializes in personalized practical advice.


About our presenters

Greg Miller
Greg Miller

Greg Miller

GREG MILLER has been called “The best writing coach in Hollywood!” (Kelly Carlin) and “LA’s most coveted coach!” (Jillian Lauren).

He is a writer, writing coach, teacher, and author of How To Be A Writer Who Writes and Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer.

Greg has taught at UCLA Extension, Humber College, LA Gay & Lesbian Center, LA Story Expo, Kripalu Center and LA Times Festival of Books.

Ina Hillebrandt
Ina Hillebrandt

Ina Hillebrandt

Ina Hillebrandt has been called all sorts of things, many of which she doesn’t like to talk about. But in terms of writing and rewriting, she’s proud to say writers and teachers of memoir, mystery, and poetry have told her, “Thanks, Coach, I couldn’t have done it without you!”

Her books include How to Write Your Memoirs…Fun Prompts To Make Reading…And Writing…Your Life Stories A Pleasure!, Pawprints, and You Are Who You Eat, The Revolutionary New Cannibal Diet. She’s worked with new and published writers, corporate clients, UCLA, taught educators for the Jane Goodall Institute, universities and K-12 schools in New York and Los Angeles.