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THE RIVETING REVISIONS SUMMIT

Are you just editing your story?

Or are you elevating it?

You don’t want to meet readers’ expectations.

You want to surpass them.

Your dream is to craft fiction that takes readers on a thrilling journey and leaves them breathless.

But right now you have a messy work-in-progress and feel lost about how to turn it into the story you long to tell.

We’ll help you transform your chaotic first draft into a story you can be proud of.

Through these recordings, you’ll unlock the necessary tools for revising your story, including…

A step-by-step plan that helps you structure a confusing & complex process.

Guidelines for how to exceed readers’ expectations–and even your own!

The motivation & drive you need to whip your novel into shape.

If you’re looking for quality training from stellar speakers, then look no further. This is not Christianese fluff but practical advice to show readers how the faith and hope we have applies to real life.

Alicia Williams

Story Embers has become my primary resource in the craft of writing Christian fiction. I came away feeling more confident about editing my drafts.

Nicole Gusto

Learn from Experienced Authors & Editors

Conquer the Villains of Revisions

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Unclear Strategy

Too many writers finish their first drafts and have no idea where to begin the revision process. We’ll give you a proven roadmap so you can gain direction and focus.

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Inability to Spot Tough Story Issues

If you’re struggling to pinpoint the problems dragging your story into the slush pile, we’ll use targeted questions to help you shine the light on your story and clean out plot holes and more!

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Confusion When Repairing Problems

Fixing a gaping plot hole or flat character isn’t easy. Learn how experienced authors tackle complex challenges with workable solutions.

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Lack of Story Focus

You know where you want your story to go, but somehow it got lost under an avalanche of problems. Learn how to dig out the rocks blocking your story’s core and reshape it into a novel that exceeds readers’ expectations.
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Feeling Drained & Uninspired

Revisions are overwhelming for even the most experienced writers. We’ll help you rekindle your passion and inspiration so you can move forward with your writing goals.
 

Unit One: Creating Your Revision Game Plan

Opening Keynote: Revising Your Story to Wow Readers

Opening Keynote: Revising Your Story to Wow Readers

James L. Rubart

Do you want to leave readers awestruck? In this keynote address, James Rubart, a member of the Christy Hall of Fame, will cast a vision for how you can approach your revision process with the right goals and strategies.

Presentation: How to Blow Past Readers' Genre Expectations

Presentation: How to Blow Past Readers' Genre Expectations

Daeus Lamb

In a world with thousands of books to choose from, your story needs to stand out from Amazon’s overcrowded bookshelves. In this session, Daeus will unpack how to recognize and exceed readers’ expectations no matter what kind of story you’re writing.
 
Interview: How to Find a Story’s Problems (Even If You’re Blind as a Bat)

Interview: How to Find a Story’s Problems (Even If You’re Blind as a Bat)

Rowena Kuo

Pinpointing a problem when you’re emotionally close to a story is like groping in the dark without a flashlight. But what if you had a series of techniques you could use to find and address the problems even if you’re a novice at the revisions process? In this session, Rowena Kuo, CEO of Brimstone Fiction, will give you the spotlight you need to uncover your story’s problems.
 
Presentation: Create a Simple, Robust Revision Plan

Presentation: Create a Simple, Robust Revision Plan

Josiah DeGraaf

You have hundreds of problems you need to solve. Now what? In this session, Josiah DeGraaf, marketing director for Story Embers, will walk you through a disorganized list of problems and show you how to turn it into a step-by-step revision plan to transform your novel without all the headaches and tears.
 

“The opening keynote session was so helpful that I plan on rewatching it as the first step after finishing the first draft of any novel I complete in the near future!”

Abby C.

Unit Two: Executing Your Revision Game Plan

Presentation: How to Discover & Hone the Core of Your Novel

Presentation: How to Discover & Hone the Core of Your Novel

Janice Sheridan

The initial spark that ignites a story often fades by the finished first draft. How can you stir up the embers of your original concept? In this session, editor Janice Sheridan will help you rediscover and hone the core of your work so that it burns brightly.
 
Interview: Writing a First Chapter That Immediately Hooks Readers

Interview: Writing a First Chapter That Immediately Hooks Readers

Amanda Dykes

Your first chapter is the one that’s responsible for selling your book. How can you use it to draw skeptical readers in and keep them entertained? In this session, award-winning author Amanda Dykes will explain how she crafts first chapters that impress readers and publishers.
 
Presentation: Adding Dimension to Pancake-Flat Characters

Presentation: Adding Dimension to Pancake-Flat Characters

Mollie Reeder

Sometimes the characters in a first draft are bland, repetitive, and useless. How can you add a touch of flavor to each character during the revision process? In this session, Mollie Reeder will help you deepen your characters.
 
Presentation: How to Spot & Fix Plot Holes

Presentation: How to Spot & Fix Plot Holes

Dan Schwabauer

A story can feel like a carefully balanced Jenga tower. A single plot hole can topple the entire story—and leave you with a mess piled on your desk. In this session, award-winning author and writing teacher Dan Schwabauer will guide you through the process of spotting and fixing plot holes in your manuscript before it crumbles.

Unit Three: Troubleshooting Problems

Interview: How to Think Outside the Box and Brainstorm Effectively

Interview: How to Think Outside the Box and Brainstorm Effectively

Edwina Perkins

If you’re stumped and looking for elusive answers to tough questions, Edwina Perkins, the Managing Editor for Harambee Press, will help you unlock your inner creativity to explore new ways to brainstorm changes to your story.
 
Panel Discussion: Using Others' Feedback to Revise Your Work

Panel Discussion: Using Others' Feedback to Revise Your Work

Paul McCusker, Melanie Dobson, and Irene Chambers

Writing requires knowing how to work effectively with other professionals and readers. How can you use their feedback to unlock your story’s potential? In this panel, Adventures in Odyssey writer Paul McCusker, award-winning author Melanie Dobson, and professional editor Irene Chambers will answer your questions about editors, beta readers, and more!
Interview: How to Approach Editing as a Discovery Writer

Interview: How to Approach Editing as a Discovery Writer

Steven James

Discovery writers (or “pantsers”) face unique challenges when revising their first drafts, which may feel messier and more random. In this session, award-winning author and writing teacher Steven James shows fellow discovery writers how to lean into their strengths and turn those challenges into their greatest assets.
 
Closing Keynote: Reclaiming Inspiration

Closing Keynote: Reclaiming Inspiration

Wayne Thomas Batson

Just as magicians astonish crowds with well-rehearsed sleight of hand, writers have a remarkable opportunity to rock readers’ worlds. In this closing keynote, bestselling author Wayne Thomas Batson will help you remember that the revision process doesn’t need to be a grind. It’s where the magic happens.

Bonus: Our Session Notes on How to Ace the Revision Process

We’ve condensed our notes from each session to provide you with a roadmap to skillfully edit your current work-in-progress.

The full meat of the talks is, of course, contained in the recordings. But our playbook will outline a strategy to effectively level up your rough draft.

All writers who purchase the recordings will receive a complimentary copy of our Riveting Revisions Summit playbook to help them apply what they’ve learned.

Elevate Your Revision Process

Fixing the problems in your first draft is the minimum.

The revision process can be so much more than that.

It can be the stage where your characters come alive, your plot takes you on a thrilling journey, and your theme resonates with readers’ souls.

Our goal with this summit is to help you rekindle that vision and improve your editing strategies.

Are you ready to discover what your messy first draft can become?

The Riveting Revisions Summit Recordings

$247

10+ Hours of Teaching Content

Playbook to Help You Apply the Lessons

Lifetime Access to the Recordings

 

Questions? Email josiah@storyembers.org!

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What Attendees Said about the Summit

“To say that this was an unforgettable experience would be an understatement. The speakers gave practical step-by-step tips for some of the toughest editing questions and inspired me and others to keep pushing through this hard process.”

Joelle Stone

“These power-packed sessions help to demystified the looming specter of the revision process.”

Brian Stansell

“The summit gave me fresh approaches to problematic areas in my novel through fantastic speakers and encouraged me by fun discussions with other attendees who understood the writer’s perspective.”

Tabitha Driver

“The Riveting Revisions Summit has helped me with my own novel beyond anything I expected! I doubt I would have the motivation or ability to get through the revisions process without this summit.”

Briley Webb

What would you miss if you skip the Riveting Revisions Summit?

Advanced Learning

Our sessions from award-winning writers and teachers explore in-depth topics with practical advice & guidance.

Top Writers & Speakers

Our summit features several award-winning writers, editors, and coaches coming to your living room at an affordable price

 

A Roadmap for Application

Don’t leave the event overwhelmed about what to work on. We’ll provide you with a step-by-step manual for how to apply everything you learn to your current story. 

We resolve to be teachable, weighing the advice of others because we always have room to grow, and to be humble, acknowledging that we are not writing the greatest story but merely pointing readers to it.

– Christian Storytellers Manifesto

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