Putting Down Stakes: Essay Revision Edition
When writing a new essay, we might feel stumped: we can feel it is falling flat. But why? And how do we enliven it? The problem may be that you haven't made your stakes clear. In this seminar you'll learn what stakes are, and why they should be communicated in your essay. We'll pull from a diverse reading list to see how other writers incorporate stakes. Then we'll turn to your work in progress, and address the stakes for a more robust, pumped up revision. You'll leave feeling more confident about what an essay needs to make an impact on readers, and to reflect your truest vision for it.
This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.
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