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

Writing is Re-Writing: Revising Your Fiction with Courage

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

"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.

Students should come prepared with a fiction draft in need of revision.

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!