Description of Class
One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome author and teacher Caitlin Horrocks to the studio for this single-session master class on revising your work. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with a master for an evening of close reading and in-depth discussion.
Sometimes a reader will suggest you revise by simply doing X or Y, like adding salt to a dish; more often, readers chat about the many ways in which your story tasted kind of “off,” but can’t or won’t put a finger on the missing ingredient. How do we develop and trust our own palate, and what are the similarities and differences between “fixing” fiction and fixing a soup?
This class will present and then put into practice techniques for successful revision on three levels: from ruthless line-editing; to moderate alterations, additions, deletions; to wholesale re-envisioning of stalled or stale stories. We’ll use readings, discussion, and a variety of exercises to add to our revision toolboxes. Participants are encouraged to bring two pieces of their own writing: one that’s ready for fine-tuning, and one that might be in need of more serious intervention.