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Runtime: 120 minutes
Price: $34.95

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“The DVD is loaded with valuable and practical information that breaks the process of revision into manageable chunks. At the same time it never lets the mechanics overshadow the importance and magic of the artistry and life of the story itself. In addition to the "Rounds of Revision," the Bonus Section includes extended discussions by some of the featured authors, writing exercises, and a digital anthology of stories. This DVD is a resource that writers can refer to repeatedly at various stages of their development.”

“These DVDs will inspire you to write and submit and revise and submit and do it over and over again."

The Writer


So, Is It Done? Navigating the Revision Process: Methods, Questions, Interviews, and Exercises to Guide Writers to Their Best Work. Hosted by acclaimed novelist Janet Burroway, author of the renowned textbook Writing Fiction, this exciting DVD brings published writers' revision experiences and insights directly to the writer's desk or classroom.

Whether a writer is getting ready to send that story out for the first time or she's filled that binder with rejection notes, chances are that the writer will want to think about revising the work before dropping it in the envelope. This DVD presents five rounds of revision and accompanying exercises that any prose writer can try alone or with a group or class.

  • Round 1: Tinker, Tighten, Play, Chip Away
  • Round 2: Take a Vacation (From the Work)
  • Round 3: Long Shot, Middle Shot, Close-Up
  • Round 4: Out in the World (Going Public)
  • Round 5: Polishing

  • Includes Story Anthology of Featured Writer's Work

So, Is It Done? features award-winning writers Rosellen Brown, Robert Olen Butler, Ron Carlson, Elizabeth Dewberry, Patricia Foster, Michael Martone, John McNally, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and University of Iowa Press editor Holly Carver. They share their experiences and take on the question: So, is it done?

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"This will make a valuable addition to creative writing collections. Highly Recommended."

—Video Librarian

"College and universities with creative writing programs will want both titles. Recommended."

—Library Journal

"Burroway offers a splendid guide to the thorny task of revision. Writers, young and old, will feel encouraged and enlightened."

—Margot Livesey

"A convincing (and compelling) presentation of revision as a necessary step in all good writing."

—Judith Ortiz Cofer

Storytelling Guru
& Host

Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels, including the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Buzzards; Raw Silk, a National Book Award runner-up; and Bridge of Sand. Her work includes a volume of poetry, numerous plays, an essay collection, and two children’s books. In addition, she coauthored Writing Fiction, the most widely used creative writing text in America. Her story “Blackout” won Third Place in Narrative’s Love Story Contest, and her story “White Space” won First Place in the Winter 2009 Contest. She is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University.

Bonus Sections Include

  • Robert Olen Bulter on Significant Detail
  • Discussion of the Writer's Voice
  • John McNally Revises John McNally
  • Why the Writing Workshop?
  • Writing Exercises & Workshop Suggestions