Online: Zoom

Novel Revision: A Primer

4 Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting July 18th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Let’s take your first draft one step closer to its final draft. Whether your novel is complete or you only have a few chapters, this multi-week course will provide you with tools and techniques to revise your writing to the next level. Each week will include a short lecture on various craft elements, practical exercises for and examples of a well-crafted story, groups discussions, and, of course, revision strategies. These strategies will address everything from common mistakes and the “murky middles” to those stubborn story hiccups that won’t go away. At the end of the course, each student will have the opportunity to submit 5-10 revised pages for individual critique from the instructor. Novels of all genres are welcome.

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Chalene Riser
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Great for Newbies"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • The Novel

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