Creating a Birds-Eye View of Your Book: The Chapter Summary Project



Chapter summaries are not just for book proposals. When written with an eye toward revision, chapter summaries can give you a birds-eye view of your narrative arc, reveal gaps, tangents, and extraneous characters, and help you eliminate or refine flagging chapters. During this one-hour breakout session, we'll look at how to write revision-focused chapter summaries, analyze them, and use these insights to move your project forward.

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  • Lisa Cooper Ellison

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    Founder, Lisa Cooper Ellison Consulting and Media LLC

    Lisa Ellison is an editor, writing coach, and speaker with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a background in mindfulness. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art and currently teaches courses in memoir, creative nonfiction, and mindful writing practices.