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

The Art of Revision

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

James Salter refers to the process as rubbing “words in his hand, to turn them around and feel them, to wonder if that really is the best word possible.” George Saunders calls it “a kind of spiritual practice,” while Faulkner famously insists one must be willing to kill his/her darlings. No matter how it is phrased, these writers are all speaking to the absolute necessity of revising one’s work.

In this six-hour workshop we will examine the revision processes of several prominent writers and acquire a rich set of micro and macro revision strategies. Then, through various in-class exercises, you will apply these lessons to your own writing. You will leave the workshop with a firmer understanding of the art of revision and how you can move from a draft to a piece of writing that, as Saunders puts it, has “been the subject of so much concentration it becomes a thing in the world.” Please bring two samples of your own writing (no more than 10 pages each) to class. This workshop will benefit short story writers, novelists, essayists, and memoirists.

Part of GrubStreet's Elements of Craft series, dedicated to exploring craft issues on a deeper level. For more on this series' offerings, click here.

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!