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MWA NW Presents: The Distance Discipline: A System for Editing and Revision

May 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

The Distance Discipline: A system for editing and revision your fiction manuscript

Author, recovering editor, and long-time MWA chapter board member, David B. Schlosser, will update his monograph, The CT Method of Revision and Editing, with a presentation on his upcoming new edition, The Distance Discipline.

Join Mystery Writers of America – Northwest virtually on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 1:00 PM to explore a systematic process for approaching your draft manuscript:

• Maintain character consistency, especially among the round and flat secondary characters that make your story come alive.

• Heighten conflict in every scene.

• Emphasize the structure, style, and details that readers find most compelling.

• Earn the distance from your own work necessary to be your own best editor.

Schlosser’s original manual on revision and self-editing emerged from his years as a developmental, line, and copy editor. He wrote it for clients whose work needed thousands of dollars of editorial assistance that he recognized writers could – and should – do themselves. A decade later, he’ll share the best practices he’s honed as an award-winning author and award-winning editor.

Zoom connection information will be sent 5/15 to all registered attendees.

David B Schlosser is an award-winning author and editor. He runs www.PromptInspiration.com, which delivers daily genre-specific writing prompts.

He taught writing at Northern Arizona University and crime fiction at Bellevue College. His board service includes MWA regional boards and Editorial Freelancers Association. As a PR professional, he has delighted and offended people in New York Times and Wall Street Journal as well as “Hard Copy” and “Inside Edition.”

A Kansas native, he earned degrees at Trinity University and University of Texas. Read his “Pretzel Logic” in 2019’s Die Behind the Wheel: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan and The Best American Mystery Stories 2020, which will be published in the fall.


Mystery Writers of America NorthWest Chapter