Date and Time Details: Begins Saturday, August 5, with dinner and ends Wednesday, August 9, with lunch, followed by an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press at 1:30 pm.

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  • $1,299.00 – Program Price

Our all-inclusive prices means we provide transportation to and from the airport, lodging, and all meals while on campus.

Revision Retreat 2017 August 5-August 9, 2017

With Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson

August 5 - 9, 2017

Intended for writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript and explore proven techniques for self-editing.

In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and help writers try them out on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to optional critique groups, individual meetings, and writing time.

Participants will:

  • Try out a variety of techniques for self-editing, from big picture revision down to line-editing
  • Explore ways to gain objectivity and more focused responses to manuscripts
  • Learn about reader response theory and how to use it to gain insights into a manuscript
  • Discover creative techniques, such as improvising new scenes
  • Take part in model critique groups, if interested
  • Contribute to group discussions and share favorite techniques
  • Meet with an editor for individual consultations

Intended for writers wanting to revise a draft of a manuscript and explore proven techniques for self-editing. Participants will work on their rough or finished draft of a novel, picture book, or narrative nonfiction.

View sample schedule (from 2016 workshop)

Faculty blog posts:
7 Quick Tips for Beginning Writers
How to Start Revising That First Draft

About the Leaders


Harold Underdown

Harold is an author and independent children’s book editor who works with authors and publishers. Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He is a contributing editor to Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected Web site with […]

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Eileen Robinson

Eileen has helped many writers become first-time authors during her years at Scholastic. For almost ten years, she acquired, developed, and edited children’s books for both Scholastic, as executive editor, and Harcourt Publishers, as editorial manager. She has also worked on projects for National Geographic, Santillana USA, Marshall Cavendish, Weekly Reader, and others. Having helped […]

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