My Pencils Outlast My Erasers

My Pencils Outlast My Erasers: A 5-Week Writing Workshop with Susan Tacent


Most of us have moved away from the pencils and erasers Vladimir Nabokov references in the title quote, but the fact remains that much of the work of writing rests in revision. A first draft is a great start, but the writer must find ways to ensure that the characters are lively and believable, the language entices and clarifies, plot and pacing satisfy, and point of view works for the voice and structure. Through select readings, group critiques, and craft lessons, participants will work on revising their works in progress to bring their writing to its strongest self.

The project offers patrons the opportunity to develop strategies for clear-eyed revision of their works in progress. They will read and discuss select examples of first drafts and published works, and revise work of their own. With an eye toward understanding revision and group critiquing, participants will practice helping each other do the difficult follow-through work that drives the best writing. Stories, like libraries, live through language, community, and communication,

Dates: Tuesdays, 2020 November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8
Time: 7-8:30
Place: Zoom Online Webinar
Click HERE to sign up.

Registration IS required. You’ll receive email confirmation of your registration. If the workshop fills, a wait list option will be added to this form.

Thank you for your interest!


This workshop is funded through the generosity of the
Friends of the Rogers Free Library Community Grant Program.