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

Revising Your Novel: Creative and Practical Strategies

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

Your first (or second, or fourteenth) draft is finally finished. Manuscript pages, boxes of workshop critique, and a thousand to-do lists cover your desk. How do you approach it? Where is that great scene, again? Does your dialogue work? Should you switch the whole thing to third person? Revision can be overwhelming. Structural techniques and tools—ranging from helpful computer shortcuts and tricks, to editing checklists, to a judicious use of your three-hole-punch—can help marry the left and right sides of your brain. This class will cover three areas of revision: concrete organizational ideas; strategies for reading and editing your own work; and managing and editing manuscripts digitally. We’ll also discuss how to evaluate and incorporate critique, and work on in-class exercises designed to help sharpen your revision techniques. You'll leave with revision and editing strategies, suggested readings, and examples of computer-generated tools. Bring your computer to class, and, if you have them, a synopsis and outline of your novel.

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. 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!

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!