How can we study our work to become our own best readers? In this class, we’ll be going over ways of studying and revising short and long fiction, specifically using frameworks of care and conflict to write a revision plan and letter for ourselves and the stories that compel us.
Many of us writers often have trouble gaining distance from the stories we finish; and when it comes to revising, it can be difficult to recognize where to begin. How do we gain a new framework for understanding our characters and the situations in which they find themselves? Writing groups, workshops, and trusted readers help immensely, but what happens when we don’t have ready access to such spaces or confidants? This class endeavors to introduce writers to questions that facilitate narrative exploration; it asks writers to further delve into the emotional notes and scope of their narratives. There will be generative activities in which writers will write about a story they hope to revise, as well as compose self-addressed critique letters. Writers should come prepared with a story of their own that they hope to study during this session.