Online: Zoom

Writing is Re-Writing: Revising Your Fiction with Courage

Friday, September 9th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
14 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

"All writing is re-writing," Nabokov said. It's only when the messy first draft is finished that the real work begins of finding a story or novel’s true potential. In this 3-hour workshop, the class will discuss what happens when writers complete the first draft, and the re-envisioning that goes into thoughtful revision.

Using readings from Raymond Carver, Zadie Smith, and others, the instructor will lead discussions into the lesser-known tools of revision that professional writers employ. Attendees will use in-class exercises and practical techniques to revise their manuscripts, with the goals of shopping for conflict, exploring character motivations, and streamlining language.

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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Blair Hurley
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