Ruta Rimas is an assistant editor at Balzer and Bray, an imprint of Harpercollins.
Ruta’s workshops are INTERACTIVE. She asks, “What makes a book great to you?” and gives the attendees time to answer the question. This is one of the really cool sessions that the attendees can directly apply to their own writing.
RECOMMENDED READING MATERIAL: READING LIKE A WRITER BY FRANCINE PROSE, MANIAC MAGEE, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, THE BOOK THIEF, HOW I LIVE NOW, ETC.
Rimas encourages looking at your writing word by word. She presents a word-by-word, sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of great books and our own manuscripts.
Rimas also discusses the difficult concept that is voice.
Fabulous Quote of the Session: "Voice is one of those very complicated, often misunderstood topics. You can practice at it, but it's one of those things that has to come from you. You can't just fill in a form and all of a sudden you have voice in your character."