workshop with Jessica Garrison

Last weekend I attended a writer’s workshop with editor Jessica Garrison from Dial. She was very personable and had great insights into the editing and publishing process.

She edited The Shadows, an MG fantasy/mystery novel—the first in a series called, The Books of Elsewhere. It’s a cute story about a young girl named Olive who moves into an old mansion and discovers that she can enter the paintings. (I won’t give anymore of it away.) My favorite thing about the books is the great metaphors and similes the author Jacqueline West, an award-winning poet, creates.

We met with Jess for one-on-ones, and she was complimentary as well as giving some excellent and in-depth suggestions for improving my first ten pages. She’d be a wonderful editor for a lucky author to have!

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About alicebeesley

Hi, I'm married and have three kids and a dog—she's a shnoodle named Kizzy. I enjoy playing the guitar and writing songs. I've published some poetry in magazines such as Avocet, a literary journal and Mylight, an online children's magazine. I have a bachelor's degree in writing from Brigham Young University. In the evenings I teach English as a second language. For fun I like to hike, bike, camp, and cross country ski. One of my favorite things to do is read a good book in bed and eat sugar-free chocolate.
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