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Book Revision Lab

Book Revision Lab is a half-year program for creative writers ready to revise their completed memoir or novels. With a focus on community, our revision program provides feedback, support, accountability, and guidance so that writers can explore and realize the artistic and commercial potential of their books.

Participants must be committed to the long-term process of writing and revising a memoir or novel and be able to lend support and encouragement to peers. We are looking for passionate writers who are eager to learn and are open to a collaborative experience.

Applications are required for all program participants. Acceptance is based on your commitment and your ability to work together in a community.

Apply now!

Currently accepting applications for our next six-month Book Revision Lab, beginning on July 18, 2024.

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book revision lab

Book Revision Lab 

During our Book Revision Lab, writers explore various practical and powerful revision techniques to improve their memoirs or novels, with our primary focus on increasing the overall effectiveness of the story. Writers exchange feedback on their completed manuscripts, build revision plans based on the feedback, and execute their plans to complete a meaningful revision, with an eye toward publication.

How Our Book Revision Lab Works

Throughout the six months, we meet twice a month for two hours on Zoom every other Thursday (7 to 9 p.m. ET). We also interact daily on Slack as we share our revision journey through the following phases:


  • Story Analysis (4 weeks): The first step is to distill our current draft into a narrative outline, which we will use to analyze and firm up the structure of our memoirs and novels. To do so, we enlist a story consultant who will help us tighten the causal links that drive our stories.   
  • Revising Your Manuscript & Revision Best Practices (12 weeks): We will use our revised narrative outline as our guide to revise our books, sharing our experience, challenges, and insights along the way. Our bi-monthly sessions will include deep dives into both structural and sentence-level revision techniques, providing an array of best practices to bring out the best in your manuscript.
  • Reading Round (6 weeks): After we complete our revision, we will break into groups of three or four to share our manuscripts with a round of readers, relying on our training on how to give and receive effective feedback. Each participant will receive feedback from two readers, along with reading and providing feedback on two manuscripts.
  • Revision Plan (2 weeks): After our reading rounds, we will organize the feedback from our readers into a revision plan, revising our narrative outline to match our re-envisioning of the book.

Are You a Good Fit for Our Book Revision Lab?

To participate in the Book Revision Lab, you should:

  • Have a completed memoir or novel draft of 50,000 words or more that you feel comfortable handing off to fellow writers for supportive feedback;
  • Have experience in writing workshops at Project Write Now, book inc, or elsewhere;
  • Be open and interested in learning about the process of revising a book-length memoir or novel  along with boosting a consistent writing practice;
  • Be eager and available to support your fellow writers to tackle a long-term book project through the exchange of encouragement and positive feedback;
  • Be able and willing to read (2) manuscripts, each within a two week period. The maximum number of words you will be required to read is 80,000 for each manuscript.
  • Be able to commit 7-10 hours a week to the revision process over the course of the second half of the program.

Program Details

Cost: $750

Tuition can be paid in full or in two increments according to our payment schedule. Your registration will not be considered complete until your payment, payment plan, or scholarship seat has been confirmed. 

Note: Proceeds help support PWN’s community outreach programs. Partial and full scholarship seats are available. Email for more information.


Book Revision Lab meets from 7 to 9 p.m. ET every other Thursday. Our next program runs from July to December 2024.

July 18
August, 1, 15, 29
September 12, 26 
October 10, 24
November 7, 21 
December 12

Application Process

Applications are required for all program participants. Acceptance is based on your commitment and your ability to work together in a community.

Our next six-month Book Revision Lab begins on July 18, 2024. We are currently accepting applications. Apply now

Q&A with Greg Phelan, book inc director

book inc director and Book Revision Lab developer, Greg Phelan answers the who, what, and why questions about the Book Revision Lab.  Read our Q&A with Book Revision Lab Developer Greg Phelan.