It’s easy to resist revision as the “work” part of creating—but when you embrace it fully as part of the creative process, your writing will start to go to new levels. Real revision is bold and daring. It demands that you get into the guts of your writing and reconceive anything from point of view to structure, to line-by-line (even comma-by-comma) changes to your prose. It demands that you determine whether to flagrantly expand or ruthlessly compress—or both. And revision can also be overwhelming, which is why in this workshop, we’ll break it down.
Writers of short-form fiction and nonfiction are welcome; come with a story or essay you want to revise. In our first week we’ll review all of them, and then you’ll work through a series of investigative prompts designed to help you figure out both big-picture and micro-level changes. The work you put in over our month together will help you take a piece of writing that is “good enough” to “great.”
Anne Sanow is the author of the story collection Triple Time, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the PEN New England Award for Fiction. Twice a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, her awards include the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction from the Chicago Tribune and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently lives and writes in New Orleans.