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PJ Seminar: Revision: The Sequel! with Peter Ho Davies

$70.00 · August 20

In this class we’ll draw the act of revision into the light, calling on examples from life, literature and pop culture, as well as offering a range of strategies for how to re-see re-vision.

Start Date

August 20

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Price

$70

Instructor

In stock

Description

The old adage “All writing is rewriting” suggests the centrality of revision to the writing process. And yet, since all we usually get to see is the final draft of a published work, revision can be something of a hidden art.
In this class we’ll draw it into the light, calling on examples from life, literature and pop culture (from sequels and prequels to remakes and reboots), as well as offering a range of strategies – ‘Save’ your darlings, Revising Titles, Getting to Done – for how to re-see re-vision.
This is a class for anyone who’s ever balked at revision as a chore (“tidy your room”), despaired of it as a Sisyphean task (“the never-ending story”), or shuddered at the blood-thirsty idea of “killing your darlings.” Through examples, exercises and discussion, our evening will aim to reintroduce you to revision as a fun, inspiring, and vital activity.

About Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies’ most recent novel is A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. His first work of non-fiction, The Art of Revision: The Last Word, is forthcoming from Graywolf in fall 2021. Other books include The Fortunes, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; The Welsh Girl, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and a London Times bestseller; as well as two collections of short stories. His work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic, The Paris Review and Granta and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.