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Advanced Revision: Nonfiction

8 Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting June 8th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: Advanced
Adult (18+)
9 seats max

Revision is hard work, but can also be fun. In this class, we'll dive into the neglected, misunderstood, and underrated process of revision. Just finished a personal essay you're wildly proud of, but not sure you got the opening or ending right? Need to submit a sample memoir chapter to an agent? In love with your musings and own voice, but don't know exactly what your story is about? Terrified to cut a pretty sentence, or rearrange a scene, lest the whole essay fall to pieces? This is the class for you. In this course, each writer will submit material to workshop at least twice. Your first submission will be an initial draft—a beautiful, messy pile of uncut inspiration—and your second will be a revision of that piece, once you've gotten some feedback from the workshop and reflected on how you can improve it. The rest of our time will be dedicated to the discussion and analysis of the craft of revision; reading and discussing a wide range of personal essays; and conversations about the publishing landscape. It is required that you have workshop experience prior to applying for this course.

Important dates:

This application deadline has now passed. Late applications will not be reviewed, but we encourage you to explore our many similiar nonfiction classes coming up this term: Nonfiction Workshop: Revision Focus (PM, Zoom), Developing Your Personal Essay (PM), Short Fiction & Nonfiction: From Theme to Scene (New!), and Essay Revision (On-Demand). 

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. It will also ask you to upload a 5-10 page writing sample. Please make sure this writing sample is in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. For tracking purposes, your name should appear in the file name (e.g. Smith.Memoir Title.Submission). Decisions will be emailed to applicants approx. 1 week after the deadline. You can also track the status of your application in your Grubstreet profile. Please make sure your application is complete before you finally click "APPLY." If you have any technical difficulties filling out this application, please email [email protected] You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Scholarship Information

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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  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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