Join editor and author Kris Spisak (The Novel Editing Workbook: 105 Tricks & Tips For Revising Your Fiction Manuscript) and publisher Anne Trubek (So You Want to Publish a Book?) as they discuss their work, writing, and books in conversation. Both of these books provide practical, hands-on information for writers at every level of expertise and for all types of work.

This event is presented as part of the 2021 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, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below. The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on

This event will include live-captioning.

Thanks to our booksellers for this event, UVA Bookstore and Belt Publishing.

“Kris Spisak brings her signature wit and can-do spirit to this guide brimming with practical, hands-on advice. From big picture restructuring to line-editing polish, Spisak’s suggestions will help both the novice and the already-published revise their next manuscript and make it shine. A must-read and a fun read!” -A.B. Westrick, author of Brotherhood

“A wonderfully candid, down-to earth description of how a nonfiction book moves from query letter to point of sale.” ―Ron Charles, Washington Post Book World

Community Partners

Thanks to the Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice for hosting this event. Thanks also to James River Writers for sharing information about this event.

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