The Joy of Revision: See Your Work Anew
with Katherine E. Kottaras
“Never think of revising as fixing something that is wrong...Rather think of it as an opportunity to improve something you already love.”
-Marion Dane Bauer
Do you have a work-in-progress that's been sitting in a drawer (or a laptop file) that misses you? Maybe you know that WIP needs work, but something's keeping you from diving back in. Maybe that something is...fear? Step by step, and with tools in hand, we will step away from fear and reopen those files. We'll ask the important questions and re-engage with the important work of revising our WIPs so that we can reignite our creativity and lean back into the joy of writing.
Please bring the following materials:
1. Writing implements - notebook and pen/laptop
2. Chapter you would like to work on/revise
NOTE: This workshop will be hosted over Zoom. Attendees will receive the link once they register for this event.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
KATHERINE E. KOTTARAS
Katherine is a writer, teacher, and healer.
She is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA contemporary novels, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen. She has worked as a middle, high school, and community college teacher for over two decades, and she currently teaches full-time at Pasadena City College. Katherine holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine as well as an M.S. in Kinesiology, with a focus on Integrative Wellness, from Point Loma Nazarene University. As a yoga teacher (RYT-200, 2011) and an ACE certified personal trainer (2019),she is passionate about nature-based wellness, bodily self-determination and health equity, and holistic approaches to healing and growth.
Katherine has served as a mentor and faculty for her local SCBWI chapter and as a board member for the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, and she is a proud team member of We Need Diverse Books. As the queer daughter of an immigrant, she was especially proud to be honored as PCC's 2019 Ally of the Year, for her work supporting undocumented and LGBTQ students.
Katherine is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. She believes in working towards a future that is inclusive, empathetic, and full of love.