What’s a “Blue Pencil?” How Will it Help Me?

A blue pencil (sometimes referred to as a red pencil) is a process by which you, the writer, submit up to 750 words of your work prior to the event so that a professional writer/industry person may look over it and then meet to discuss it with you.

During the session you’ll be able to discuss any issues or questions you have about your work.

The meetings are short, and because the pages have been previously provided, an immediate discussion can occur. It is meant to spur positive energy and may come in the form of corrections, suggestions, or opinions.

It is always good to have experienced eyes see your work as it can often be invaluable in moving it to the next level.

How you can prepare for your Blue Pencil Appointment:

  • submit your pages well in advance
  • have any questions ready that you want to ask
  • ask for professional opinions
  • leave the defensiveness at the door. It doesn’t help you.
  • be ready for this question: What is your book about? Practice a one minute answer–or even shorter. Include your genre, sub-genre, (ie: Fiction, genre: Romance, sub-genre: Young adult. If there are further descriptions then include like historical, LGBTQ, or Christian etc. The reader should not be surprised by such sub-genres) basic plot to pique interest. Think of this as your one minute pitch. Be as specific as possible.

Wine Country Writers’ Festival blue pencils will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. You must first be registered. There is a $15 fee for a 12 minute blue pencil.

When you register please indicate whether or not you’re interested in a blue pencil.

If you have any questions please contact me at WCWFestival@gmail.com


Published by Faye Arcand

I am a writer and author... A mom, wife, auntie, friend... I am me.

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