see here), had originally submitted this novel for publication in 1957.
Tay Hohoff, was enamored by the childhood flashbacks in the novel, and
she recognized Ms. Lee’s obvious talent. But Ms. Hohoff also recognized a
weak plot, and she encouraged the extensive re-write that eventually
became “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The two novels offer the same voice, many of the same characters and the same writing style (take that, Truman Capote), but they are vastly different in their appeal and impact.
Every writer needs an editor, and every great writer craves constructive criticism.
That’s why I’m excited our IABC-New Jersey chapter is sponsoring a
writing workshop by none other than Ann Wylie on Sept. 21, 2015, on the
Fairleigh Dickinson University campus.
Ann, who would no doubt delete the “none other than” in the previous
sentence, is the author of more than a dozen learning tools that help
people improve their communications skills. Her bio itself is an interesting read, including the highlight that “Ann’s popular writing workshops take her from Atlanta to Amsterdam, from Boston to Brussels, from Hollywood to Helsinki, and from Portland to Paris.”
And, on Sept. 21, she’ll bring her writing workshop to Madison, N.J.
Sign-up information and details are posted on Eventbrite,
and we are offering tickets for this full-day workshop at below-market
prices (especially for IABC members). It promises to be a great kickoff
to another great season of professional development events sponsored by
The best part? This is the kind of professional development program that can benefit everyone.
Even the next Harper Lee.
This post originally appeared on the IABC-New Jersey website.