Revising Your Short Fiction - Remote!

8 Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), starting April 5th.
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

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, deepening characters, tightening narrative, and distinguishing between necessary and unnecessary detail. Finished a story, 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, rewrite a scene, or add a new ending for fear the whole story might fall to pieces? This is the class for you. Depending on enrollment, each writer will submit to workshop two or three times. Your first submission will be a first draft, and your second will be a revision of that story after you've gotten feedback from the workshop. We will also do in-class writing exercises geared toward revision and discuss various aspects of craft based on published short stories. Throughout class, we'll read examples of published work from authors such as Alice Sola Kim, Cristina Rivera Garcia, Rebecca Curtis, Danielle Evans, Can Xue, Carmen Maria Machado, Michael Schoch, Jamaica Kincaid, Kelly Link, Toni Cade Bambara, Donald Barthelme, and Samantha Hunt.

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:

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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Jane Dykema
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Previous Students Say

  • "This Kicked My Butt"
  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Craft Lessons
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Revision
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • Short Fiction

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