Jeanne De Vita

Instructor Biography:

MFA, award-winning author, and editor with an extensive background in publishing.  Ms. De Vita is currently a Developmental Editor for Waterhouse Press, and previously worked as both an Acquisitions Editor and a Managing Editor.  She counts several New York Times best-selling authors among her clients.

Instructor Statement:

At this moment we have unparalleled opportunities for the distribution of our stories to others—traditional publishing, the independent market, self-publishing—not to mention the myriad of more transient social outlets for our work. Authors at every level, aspiring through experienced, may seek out classes or education with a vague but potent hunger, a need to unearth the essentials of craft, style, and technique that will provide guidance and motivation for the complex and exciting journey that is writing with the goal of publication. My instructional goals are simple but rigorous: don’t just tell students what works and what may not; don’t simply show what has worked for others. I seek to develop each student’s storytelling skills and publishing plans through a focus on craft, analysis, study, and practice, always with the aim of involving each student in an engaging, thoughtful, and practical curriculum.

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
– Chinese proverb

 

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