Once you’ve done the work of drafting, how do you move from a first draft to a second, then from a second to a third? In this class we’ll talk about taking a critical eye to our own long projects. We’ll look at strategies for making revision less daunting, discuss structural logistics, and try different revision techniques with the goal of finding the right path for each project. Writers will come away with a concrete plan for revision, and practical tips for its implementation.
*All students are welcome, but those with a completed early draft of a book-length project will benefit most.
WEEK ONE: What is a draft? The logistics of revision and editorial feedback.
WEEK TWO: Plot and structure, or making and completing your jigsaw puzzle.
WEEK THREE: Pressing on the bruise: how and when to enhance or pull back.
WEEK FOUR: Line level revision.
WEEK FIVE: What’s next? Next steps and navigating the publishing landscape.