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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Radical Revision: A Poetry Workshop

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

While revision and its processes are a cornerstone of all writing, in poetry its focus must extend beyond basic craft elements--the poem must also feel alive. On this subject, Kim Addonizio writes: "A patient lies on a steel table, while everyone—practiced surgeons and amateurs—sharpens their instruments. Let’s suppose your poem is on the table. How do you keep from killing it?" For this course, you’re encouraged to bring drafts that have stymied your best efforts. Together, we’ll examine strategies for revision and discuss first and final drafts by a range of poets. You’ll learn valuable approaches to revision that will inform your writing choices beyond the classroom. This course for anyone who's ever felt demoralized by a writing draft; this course is for all of us.

Scholarships Format/Location

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

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!