The Five Stages of Editing–August 12, 2017

I’m thrilled to report that Adam’s August 12 workshop, The Five Stages of Editing, has filled. Thank you all for your interest! If you would like to be placed on the waiting list or on the mailing list for future workshops, please contact me at or through the website … and keep writing!  – Laura


The Five Stages of Self-Editing
From First Draft Through Submission
A Gamble Creek Studio Workshop

An all-day seminar with A.C. Fuller—Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 9 am to 5:30 pm

“Editing is the very edge of your knowledge forced to grow–a test you can’t cheat on.” – S. Kelley Harrell

This workshop walks attendees through a step-by-step process that will demystify the editing process and empower writers to make massive improvements to their manuscripts before hiring an editor, submitting to agents, or self-publishing. Some of the topics covered will include:

–Identifying bad writing habits
–How to read your book with fresh eyes
–Creating an editing plan (instead of just muddling through)
–Identifying weaknesses in story, character, and point of view

The day includes 15 minutes of one-on-one feedback with A.C. To make the best use of this time, please submit these to Laura as Word or PDF documents as part of your registration:

  1. A 3,000-5,000 word sample of your work in progress. Ideally, this would be the first section of your book. A.C. will be reading these before the class and bringing feedback to discuss during the one-on-one time.
  2. A synopsis or summary of your work in progress of a page or less, including genre.


9:00 to 11:00: Stages 1-3: Relaxing, Reading, Restructuring
11:00 to 11:15: Break
11:15 to 12:15: Stage 4: Rewriting
12:15 to 1:00: Lunch provided by Gamble Creek
1:00 to 3:30: Refining your synopsis and sharpening your “hook”. Fifteen minutes of one-on-one time with A.C.
3:30 to 3:45: Break
3:45 to 4:30: Stage 5: Refining
4:30 to 5:30: Informal discussion and Q&A over wine and refreshments about the publishing landscape, submitting to agents, self-publishing, etc.


Class Size: Limited to 8, so register early
Cost: $145 per person, which includes:

  • 5 hours of formal workshop time
  • coffee, tea and pastries upon arrival, catered lunch and refreshments at breaks
  • wine or non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks in the evening

Location: Scenic Gamble Creek Studio in Poulsbo, Washington. If you are interested in staying in the area for the weekend, email Laura ( for help with finding a hotel or an Airbnb.

To Register

Download the registration form, fill it out, and email Laura at:

Then pay $145 either via PayPal or by sending a check made out to Laura Kemp to: Laura Kemp, PO Box 407, Poulsbo, WA 98370.

Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation email with directions will be sent to you. If there are no spaces left, please email Laura if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.

A.C. Fuller is the author of the media thrillers The Anonymous Source, The Inverted Pyramid, and The Mockingbird Drive. He’s also the creator and host of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, a weekly interview show featuring award-winning writers and publishing experts. He teaches writing around the country and internationally, including workshops for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Write on the Sound Conference, and the Royal City Literary Arts Society. From 2006 to 2008 he was an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU, and he now teaches English at Northwest Indian College near Seattle. He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle. Find out more at