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  • Workshop
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Intermediate

Fiction Re-vision Intensive

No Longer Enrolling

  • $260.00 Non-Member
  • $250.00 Member

Class Description

In this course, we’ll analyze two versions of Raymond Carver’s short story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”: the published version alongside the version that Carver originally sent to his editor, Gordon Lish. Infamously, Lish cut the story in half, winning Carver acclaim for a new, minimalist, muscular, dry-drunk American writing style, but at what cost? By looking at the two texts side by side, we’ll examine the craft-related challenges and choices of this particular story and extrapolate from these to our own revision process.

Over four weeks, we’ll explore strategies for revision, in hopes of making re-visioning more rewarding and less painful, all the while building writerly confidence in our ability to strengthen our drafts, iteration after iteration. Students should arrive with a first/early-stage draft of a short story or novel chapter (or long section) in-hand, which we’ll workshop together with the goal of completing revisions by the course’s end. Our workshop model is collaborative: we'll read, respond, and rewrite--together, nightly, in-person, and aloud.

Class Format

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in-person.

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, 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 in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.


Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.


Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.