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Deep Revision with Katey Schultz

$280.00 · August 12

This four-session workshop is designed to empower writers with revision techniques to apply to memoir, essays, flash, short stories, or novels.

Start Date

August 12

Day(s) of the Week


Class Times

6:00pm – 8:30pm CT




Zoom (online)




In stock


This class will skip meeting on 9/2. Its last session will be 9/9.

This four-session workshop is designed to empower writers with revision techniques to apply to memoir, essays, flash, short stories, or novels. Whether trying to revise a stand-alone chapter or considering the broader arc of your full manuscript, these techniques are graspable, effective, and empowering. This class has been described by writers as a “game-changer,” shifting their approach to revision and completely inspiring.

The first week, we’ll cover thematic and developmental revision using a “bedrock, surface, sky” model that helps writers home in on which aspect of their writing needs the most attention initially (and why). This model also helps writers articulate the “so what” factor of their work, ultimately revealing what is at stake in a piece of writing both in terms of plot and universal takeaways.

The second week we’ll home in on sentence-level revision, using two exciting, concrete, graspable techniques that enliven prose and help writers learn how to find the sentences hidden inside the ones they’ve already drafted. Learn how to find the clues you are leaving for yourself within your own work, and practice taking the next steps with real-time support from the teacher.

The third week, we will look at structural revision techniques by studying the structural components of prose in our own work, in order to reverse outline or interrogate our own drafts in ways that help us move forward.

The fourth and final week will be reserved for additional revision topics that emerge from our previous classes, giving us the flexibility to take a deeper dive and meet the specific needs of the writers who enroll in this class.

For each class, you’ll practice techniques using excerpts from your own work in progress—in real time. Supported by mini-craft and technique lectures, lively Q&A segments, and brief before/after examples in class, writers will come away with systematic tools to address areas for improvement, as well as a re- invigorated understanding of the joys of revision.

This course is suitable for intermediate or advanced writers who have—at minimum—worked through a partial or complete first draft of a full manuscript, or who have already published books and are ready to improve their next manuscript by learning how to become their own best editors.

This class will include:

  • In-class verbal instructor feedback
  • Editorial/revising strategies and exercises
  • Craft talks
  • Class discussion

About Katey Schultz

Katey Schultz is the author of Flashes of War, which the Daily Beast praised as an “ambitious and fearless” collection, and Still Come Home, a novel, both published by Loyola University Maryland. Honors for her work include North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, the Linda Flowers Literary Award, Doris Betts Fiction Prize, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year award, gold and silver medals from the Military Writers Society of America, the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year award, five Pushcart nominations, a nomination to Best American Short Stories, National Indies Excellence recognition, and writing fellowships in eight states. She lives in Celo, North Carolina, and is the founder of Maximum Impact, a transformative mentoring service for creative writers that has been recognized by both CNBC and the What Works Network.