Intensive Revision: 6-Week Zoom Workshop Starts April 12th, 2021
Begins Monday, April 12, 2021
Class will meet weekly via Zoom, 7PM - 9PM EST
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This is a workshop for intermediate-level writers with one long project or several shorter ones they want to revise—fiction or nonfiction. Over the course of six weeks we will dig into the often messy work of revision, looking carefully at the places where many writers stumble: beginnings, transitions, through lines, and endings. The course will consist of both readings about writing and particularly about revising and an ongoing workshop where each member of the class will present their work at least twice so we can get into the mechanics of revision. These activities will guide our conversations about writing from the ground up, discussing word choice, sentence structure, paragraphs, and structuring the whole piece.
Goals for this class are:
- Identifying what makes writing work
- Talking through rough spots
- Looking beyond words to identify larger issues like theme, point-of-view, and timelines
- Coming up with ways to make writing stronger, whether it’s getting rid of unnecessary phrases or changing the structure
As you will be both artists and critics in this class, our readings will dip into both of these deep wells. We will look at writing about writing from Virginia Woolf, EM Forster, Vivian Gornick, Joan Didion, Elizabeth Hardwick, John Updike, and Susan Sontag. We will also look at sections of great stylists like Jamaica Kincaid, Adam Phillips, Henry David Thoreau, Hanif Abdurraqib, Lorrie Moore, Daniel Mendelsohn, Lester Bangs, and Ellen Willis.
By the end of the class, you will have the tools you need and a couple of polished pieces ready for publishing.
STUDENTS LOVE LISA:
"I really loved the course. You get out of it what you put in. My instructor, Lisa, required a lot of readings, and you obviously don't have to do them, but the whole point of doing one of these is to learn by doing the work. If you don't shortchange yourself, these can really be a great avenue to get feedback on your writing. 10/10 would do again." -Dustin H.
"Lisa is really very good at pop culture. And she's wonderful at pushing you in a good direction without really telling you where to go. A gentle nudge that gets you thinking, basically, and then you're off to the races. I would highly recommend this class if you have any interest at all in pop culture writing. The Wet Ink platform that Writing Workshops uses is pretty coo, too." -Rachel H.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly via Zoom and also uses our online classroom in Wet Ink. Lisa will get you all the details after you enroll. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!
Instructor: Lisa Levy
Class size limited to 8 writers
Class Starts April 12, 2021
Course is fully ONLINE.
Instructor Lisa Levy is a writer, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New Republic, the LARB, the Believer, the Millions, the Rumpus, TLS, the CBC, and Lit Hub, where she is a contributing editor. She is also a columnist and contributing editor to Crime Reads. She has an essay in the collection Talking About Pauline Kael and one in the forthcoming anthology Dating & Sex: The Theory of Mutual Self-Destruction. She is pursuing an MFA in nonfiction writing at Goucher College and working on a collection of linked essays about chronic illness and cultural ideas about life narrative, progressive time, and futurity, as well as a critical study about women and crime fiction. Aside from reading, writing, and squeezing in some reality TV, Lisa collects all sort of things: MOD dresses, varieties of Cadbury Dairy Milk bars, etiquette books, dated essay anthologies, Lilli Ann coats, and old copies of the Partisan Review. She posts a dress of the day on social media; Instagrams her night reading; eats her chocolate and loves her coats (none of which are really warm enough for Canada). Lisa moved from New York City to Toronto in the summer of 2019. She lives with her husband and their Basset hound, Daisy, in the Leslieville neighborhood in Toronto. She considers herself an amateur Canadian. Read her work here.