What I do
I’m Jennifer Manuel (pronounced “manual”). Writers come to me when they’re feeling uncertain about how to revise their story – whether it’s a short story, a sweeping literary epic, a spy thriller, or a children’s novel. I coach these writers who struggle to make deep revisions, showing them how to transform their fiction into amazing stories. My program of revision is one-of-a-kind.
How I do it
Through my blog posts, this Story Revision Starter Kit, and my Reimagine the Page Course, I’m here to shake up your approach to revisions – while making it an empowering and exhilarating creative experience for you. Reimagine the Page is my step-by-step method to making deep revisions, and the Story Revision Starter Kit aims to give you a solid foundation for understanding revisions in a new way. If you haven’t already, be sure to receive my free Story Revision Starter Kit. It’s my gift to you and your writing.
What I Write
In addition to obsessing over the revision process, I’m the author of the literary novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float (Douglas & McIntyre, 2016). I also write short stories, which have been published in a variety of literary magazines. I’ve been a Western Magazine Finalist and recipient of The Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writers Conference. Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon calls my writing “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.”
What else I do
I am a teacher for Sarah Selecky’s remarkable course, The Story Intensive, and I mentor writers from around the world. I also coordinate The Lynn Manuel Children’s Fiction Contest, in honour of my mother who was a children’s author until her death in 2010. Formerly, I’ve been a college, elementary, and high school teacher, as well as an online education designer and developer. I bring this experience into the design of all my revision lessons.
When I’m not doing that
When I’m not writing or reading or reimagining, you can find me on the ice trying to stop pucks or playing my drums or drawing in my sketchbook. I watch a LOT of Jeopardy! and pretty much every sporting event that exists. By the way, that’s me below. The game of hockey is predicated on the failure of the goalies, so trust me: I know how to fail and revise, and fail again, and revise… (and fail again)…
Please contact me!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. I appreciate feedback of any kind and I love sharing celebrations, so if you had a great moment reimagining your pages, please let me know! Also, be sure to follow me by clicking those little red circles below. Or EMAIL ME now!