Advanced Revision and Submission Strategies: Fiction - Remote!
Please note: This advanced class is available by application-only. Applications received after May 24th will not be reviewed.
Revision means exactly that: Re. Visioning. In this class, we'll dive deep into the process of taking apart a draft: figuring out what exactly is at the heart of your story; how to deepen characters and tighten narrative; how to distinguish between lean and fat, and between text and subtext. Just finished a story you're proud of, but not sure you got the ending right? In love with your characters, but don't know, exactly, what your story is about? Terrified to cut a pretty sentence, or rearrange a scene, for fear the whole story might fall to pieces? This is the class for you. In Advanced Revision Strategies, each writer will submit to workshop twice: once in the first five weeks, and again in the last five weeks. Your first submission will be an early draft–a beautiful, messy pile of uncut inspiration–and your second will be a revision of that story, after you've gotten feedback from the workshop. The rest of our time will be dedicated to discussing various aspects of craft and revision; reading and discussing a wide range of short stories; and in-class writing exercises. Authors whose work we may look at include Isaac Babel, Danielle Evans, Lauren Groff, Mohsin Hamid, Justin Torres, Bryan Washington.
The application deadline has now passed. Applications received after May 24th will not be reviewed.
The payment deadline for admitted students is Monday, May 31st.
To apply, please click the red "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" button in the top right corner of this page. This application will ask you to detail your workshop experience; copy your answer to question 1 from the application and paste it into this field. This page will also ask you to upload a writing sample. Your writing sample and application (from step 1) should all be contained in a single document. Use the "choose file" button to locate your combined application and writing sample. Once you have located and uploaded your combined application & writing sample, click the "Apply" button. You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
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- Instructor Feedback
- In-Class Writing
- Craft Lessons
- In-Class Writing Prompts
- Study Published Writing
- Get Feedback
- Generate New Work
- Short Fiction
- Publishing & Promotion
- Professional Development & Skills