Judy Sternlight

Judy Sternlight

Independent Editor | 5E Editors

Judy Sternlight was an editor at Random House, Ballantine, and Modern Library. She’s the founder of Judy Sternlight Literary Services and co-founder of 5E, the independent editors’ group. Judy has edited acclaimed writers, including Elliot Ackerman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Gwen Florio, Bret Anthony Johnston, Lisa Ko, Peter Matthiessen, Daniel Menaker, and Melodie Winawer. Prior to publishing, she performed and taught improvisational theater with Some Assembly Required in NYC, touring to numerous theaters, colleges, and clubs. She has taught active storytelling at the Center for Fiction in NYC, using literary and theatrical techniques to give writers new tools to strengthen their craft. She has also taught forms of “The Art of Revision” and “The Business of Publishing” at the Miami Writers Institute, Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Grub Street, AWP, Pen + Brush, Paragraph, and the Historical Novel Society.

Workshop | Active Storytelling: How to Focus Your Story

6th Floor Lounge

To bring a story into focus, a writer has numerous creative options to explore, including points-of-view, character objectives, narrative structures, and endings that resonate. Through a mix of creative brainstorming, role-playing, and craft talk, we’ll explore these Eight Essential Narrative Elements: Story Anchors, POV, Character Objectives/Intentions, Central Storyline (and subplots), Stakes (tension), Sensory Work, Timespan, […]