Published March 12, 2022

Authors and writing coaches Jennie Nash (Blueprint for a Book) and Allison K. Williams (Seven Drafts) discuss specific steps you can make to write your book in the most efficient way possible, with a clear vision of distinct stages. In conversation with Jane Friedman.

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Thanks to our bookseller for this event, M. Revak & Co.

“[Nash’s] process makes me want to write, and it makes what I’m writing better. I read it before every draft. It’s that good.”—KJ Dell’Antonia, author of The Chicken Sisters

“If you are about to start writing or revising your novel—hold up! You need [Blueprint for a Book] before putting fingers to keyboard. It’s a step-by-step design-your-novel manual that encapsulates the most important aspect of great story-telling: how to reach deep into your writerly heart and into the heart of the story you want to bring to life.”—Janet Fox, author ofThe Artifact Hunters

“Allison Williams understands at a molecular level what makes prose work. As a sounding board, beta reader, and drop-everything-I’m-doing-to-meet-her coffeehouse workshop partner, Allison has made my writing better. Let her do that for you.”—Christopher Buehlman, author of The Lesser Dead and The Blacktongue Thief

Seven Drafts contains specific examples from popular books that illustrate her points, exercises guaranteed to improve your writing, and a comprehensive self-editing checklist that will have you yelling, ‘Jackpot!’”—Lisa Ellison, Editor and Writing Coach

Community partners

Thanks to James River Writers for hosting this event.

This event is presented as part of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse Writers Center, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.


Virginia Festival of the Book staff, volunteers, partners, and attendees appreciate all of our sponsors. It is their crucial support, along with individual donors, that allows us to present the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book almost completely free of charge. We appreciate the generous commitment from our Premier Sponsor, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, and these major sponsors: Michelle and David Baldacci, Dominion Energy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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