Editing/Workshop

Are you getting lacklustre responses from editors?

How does someone shape a sentence that pops off the page? How does a person write a beginning that grabs people, an end that satisfies, a middle that doesn’t muddle but works?

I have two options for you:

1)  Editing rates: $75/hour

2)  A five-day one-on-one course (30 hours) is designed to take you back to basics in short fiction or personal essay writing, and build you up as a more vivid author. Wherever you are in the world, frustrated writers, Canada, China, Turkey, Tanzania, or Australia or somewhere else entirely, it’s time.

Come to Vancouver, grab a hotel, and we’ll spend 6 hours a day M-F generating new and captivating work.

People who know me know that you don’t come to me to edit you if you want to hear baloney about your writing. If you come here, I will tell you what I really think. I will do this as nicely as I can, focusing on your strengths and observing your weaknesses, but I will not send you away with an erroneous impression of your skills and talents. You are not going to learn much when somebody just pats your back. You might feel good, but you will just go out and write the same piece that no editor wants to buy all over again. I aim to teach writers how to get better. At the end of the week, you will understand how to grapple with plot, character, dialogue, endings, and you will have written a draft story or non-fiction piece that sings.

janeeatonhamilton@shaw.ca
Twitter: eatonhamilton

From Students:

“Thanks! I thought being with one teacher for a week would be intense, and it was. The attention was on my work and nothing but my work for an entire week, which means I accomplished more than I ever had before. Plus I understood things in a new light. At the end I knew why my dialogue wasn’t working and how to fix it. Best course ever.” JS 2015

“I’m back in China after a week in Vancouver on a seriously-intensive, one-to-one writing course with Jane Eaton Hamilton, a Canadian author. In addition, she arranged for us to visit the Vancouver International Film Festival and attend some readings, adding to the overall literary experience. It’ll probably take months for me to realise the significance of everything I’ve been exposed to.

“She asked me to write only a paragraph of what I fear the most, what disturbs me and I don’t ever want to talk about. But by the time I’d written half a page it was out of control. I couldn’t move my hand across the page fast enough to form the words.

“I’d found where my writing will have to come from, if I’m to become a good writer. That place was not my head, not my intellect. It was a watershed.” AP 2014