RMFW Workshop May 21


Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness

Kirt Hickman

A Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers one-day workshop

May 21, 2011

Renaissance Hotel, Denver

Kirt Hickman presented at RMFW’s 2010 Colorado Gold conference and his workshop was so well attended, we have invited him back to spend a full day with us.

Kirt Hickman was born in 1966 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1989 and a Master’s degree in opto-electronics in 1991, both from the University of New Mexico. Since then, he has worked in research and manufacturing fields related to high-energy lasers, microelectronics, and micro-machines, fields that he leverages to enrich his science fiction novels, Worlds Asunder and Venus Rain.

Kirt has also written the children’s picture book I Will Eat Anything and the fantasy trilogy The Age of Prophecy (forthcoming).

Kirt teaches writing, self-editing and marketing classes through SouthWest Writers and UNM Continuing Education. He has also contributed a monthly, full-page column titled “Revising Fiction’ to the SouthWest Sage. His methodical, step-by-step approach to self-editing has helped many make sense of the mass of advice available to the novice writer. He shares his guidance on writing and revising in his comprehensive and practical self-editing guide Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness.

Workshop Description

With all the books, talks, classes, and workshops available on writing and self-editing, a writer can quickly become overwhelmed by advice. In every work of fiction, there’s so much to be concerned about: plot, characterization, scene structure, setting, backstory, dialogue, and pacing. You must maintain suspense, portray your characters’ emotions, show events rather than tell about them, make effective use of comparisons, and achieve consistency of style and voice. You must avoid passive voice, information dumps, repeated information, digressions, clichés, and unnecessary words and phrases. Finally, you must mind the details of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, and format.

How do you catch it all? How do you know when you’ve got it right? How do you even know where to start? In this workshop, Kirt Hickman will break down this exhaustive list of topics into a practical approach to self-editing that covers everything from planning your novel, to first draft, through self-editing, to final, publication-quality manuscript.

Registration opens at 8am, at which time Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will serve a continental breakfast. We will break around noon for a buffet lunch, again provided by RMFW. The workshop will end at approximately 4pm.

As a new addition this year, a panel of published authors will be available for one-on-one session for attendees to ask industry related questions or request a critique of up to two pages of their writing. RMFW’s own Carol Berg, Jeanne Stein and Betsy Dornbusch will sit on the panel. The author appointments will be set up much like a pitch appointment allowing attendees 10 minutes with the author.

Who Else! Books will be on site selling our presenter’s and authors’ books.

Cost for this workshop is:

Early registration (before April 30th) – $70

After April 30th – $85

At the door – $95 (attendance limited to 75)

Please see Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers website (rmfw.org) for registration information and payment options. For more information email Vicki Law at vruchhoeft@bresnan.net or call 970-497-6452.


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