After all the work of getting through a first draft, little seems so barbarian as the slashing and burning of entire characters and scenes—but making such vulgar literary sacrifices can enable the writer to unearth the heart of conflict and character, to find focus in each scene, and to harness the best story s/he can offer. In this workshop, participants will undertake two rigorous revisions, sticking with a draft all the way through to its best potential. By considering various elements of storytelling and developing dexterity with an assortment of narrative tools and techniques, students should finish the class with a story that’s really on course to being done.
Course OutlineGet ruthless with your own drafts and discover ways to elevate your writing to its greatest potential in this workshop devoted only to revision techniques.
Course OutlineUnearth the heart of character and conflict in your writing
Find each scene's unique focus and purpose in your draft
Undertake two vigorous revisions of an existing draft
Apply narrative tools and techniques to your writing to elevate it to the next level
Course may be taken to satisfy core (Intermediate) units in the Fiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.
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