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Re-Envisioning Revisions 2022: YA/MG Novel Revision Workshop

Date(s) - 09/10/2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


SCBWI Japan workshop for writers and translators with a complete draft of a YA or MG novel 


Time: Sunday, September 10, 2022 09:00 – 12:00 (Only open to participants)

Platform: Zoom

Fee: Free and open to SCBWI members from Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan

Please note: By submitting a novel draft for this workshop, you are committing to reading the novels of the writers/translators in your group and attending the Zoom event on September 10.


Re-Envisioning Revisions is a YA (Young Adult)/MG (Middle Grade) novel revision workshop open only to SCBWI Japan participants who have pre-submitted complete novel drafts for group feedback. Participants will all meet together for the Zoom workshop on September 11 to discuss revision strategies and techniques and to workshop participants’ revised excerpts.


Why? It is easy to get bogged down in whole novel revision, and writers and translators often struggle to re-envision and re-hear their work. This workshop will be facilitated by novelists and translators Mariko Nagai and Holly Thompson, who will assist in creating groups of writers and translators of YA/MG fiction to read and comment on each other’s novel drafts prior to meeting for the Zoom workshop session on September 11. 


The aim is to give YA/MG writers/translators a fixed deadline for completing a novel draft, and to ensure that they are placed in small groups for offering and receiving feedback on drafts in advance of the Zoom workshop. During the Zoom workshop on September 11, participants will reflect on feedback, discuss tools and techniques identified for advancing their novel, and plan key strategies for revision. Writers/translators will have a chance to share a brief excerpt of a revised scene, and will set personal goals for completing whole novel revisions within the support structure of a larger writing group. 


Participants may participate with the same novel as in a previous revision YA/MG Novel Revision Workshop as long as the work has undergone significant revision since then. The end goal is to grow revision practices toward developing strong YA/MG novels viable in today’s children’s and teen publishing markets. 



May 10: Reserve and request details.

June 30: Full MG/YA novel draft due (max. 80,000 words).

July 10 – Aug. 15: Read group novel drafts and write feedback.

Aug. 15: Feedback to authors due. 

Sept. 1: Create Revision plan; optional revised excerpt due.

Sept. 11: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Zoom meeting for the revision workshop; bring your group feedback reflections; your excerpt to workshop; your strategies/plans for whole novel revision. 



Holly Thompson is author of the verse novels Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth, Orchards, The Language Inside; picture books Twilight Chant; One Wave at a Time, The Wakame Gatherers and the novel Ash. She teaches writing and literature at Yokohama City University. 

Mariko Nagai is the author of Histories of Bodies: Poems, Georgic: Stories, Irradiated Cities, Dust of Eden, Under the Broken Sky and the forthcoming The Sword of Yesterday. Mariko Nagai is a Professor at Temple University Japan.