Edit Yourself: Developmental Editing

Carmack Community Room

Sometimes it's hard to focus on the forest for the trees. In this workshop, discuss with editor and publisher Stacy Whitman how to pull back and look at the big picture including plot, characterization, worldbuilding and pacing before you dig into the details.

Register once (appreciated but not required) for the entire Writers Conference and come and go as you please. Separate registrations are required to attend any of the Critique Sessions. Check out the Writers Conference schedule at a glance or search our online calendar for in-depth descriptions.

Stacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and young adult fiction. Books she has edited include American Indian Youth Literature YA Award and Top Ten Quick Picks title Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac, Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid (starred review from Kirkus Reviews), and Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, which received a starred review from School Library Journal and has been placed on numerous lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, School Library Journal’s Best of 2012 List, and the Lone Star Reading List. In 2013, Stacy founded the New Visions Award, which honors a new unpublished writer of color. The first New Visions Award winner was published in spring 2015, Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani, which garnered a starred review from Kirkus and Shelf Awareness, was on the Lone Star Reading List and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 2015, and won the Asian/Pacific American Award Honor for Literature from APALA. Her newest titles include I Am Alfonso Jones, a graphic novel written by Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Howard professor Tony Medina and illustrated by John Jennings and Stacey Robinson, and New Visions Award-winning titles Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh and Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar. Stacy is a founding member of the CBC Diversity Committee and currently serves as a Publisher Liaison to We Need Diverse Books. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College.