- This week is for last-minute edits, checking our titles, and finishing author bios.
- Remember, Deep writing is original, vivid, and fearless
- Strategy: Hold mini-conferences with those who need it most. Set up an “office” and talk with writers one-on-one. Need a third writing fellow to get your group across the finish line? Contact Deep staff!
- Publishing submissions are due this week after your workshop! Submit here.
- Review the formatting and style guidelines. Items to note especially:
- 1. Write a brief introduction for your workshop with your co-Fellow. Include your personal by-line. (Sample by-lines can be found in the style guide.)
- 2. Only one Writing Fellow should submit for your workshop. Decide which of you will collect and upload the final submission to this site. This streamlines the publishing process.
- 3. Submit one Word document for each author.Kids have missed out on publication in the past because their Fellows failed to double-check this!In this case, do not assume that your co-Fellow has it covered.
- 4. Spell author names correctly. Kids have been published under the wrong names because their Fellows failed to double-check spelling against the students’ own folders.
- 5. Format your Word documents to Deep standards.This saves countless hours of correction time for the publishing staff. Check against the formatting guide found on the blog.
- Final revision: using vivid words and creative titles.
- Replace boring, overused words with adjectives that are vibrant and alive.
- Replace clichés with figurative language that’s new, never been heard before.
- Write titles for your pieces that make your reader curious and grab their attention, don’t give it all away from the get-go.
- Write your author bio.
- A [Great titles]: “Hint: Fiction” pieces work well.
- B [Author bios]: Deep authors, Writing Fellows, and famous authors
Writing prompt ideas
- Individual last-chance revision feedback and notes for each Deep author.
- A: Brainstorm three surprising titles for each of your to-be-published pieces. What’s the piece really about? How can you hint at it with the title? Is there a line or phrase that is powerful enough to become the title?
- B: Write your own author bio. This is your chance to speak directly to your audience as yourself. What do you want your readers to know about you? Stay away from bland stuff, and give your readers some personality! Give a strange fact about yourself that most readers wouldn’t know. Why do you write? What do you hope people gain from your work? It’s okay to get silly or be serious—your pick.
- You’ve Got Me Feeling Emotions: Encourage young authors to channel the intention and emotions behind a piece by reading it in the most exaggerated emotion possible. If they are angry, ask them to shout; if they are sad, ask them to read it as if they were crying. Model so youth really step up to the plate.