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FICT 75 W — All Writing Is Rewriting: A Fiction Writing and Revising Workshop

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 20—Dec 3
Refund Deadline: Sep 23
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Antoine Wilson
Limit: 17
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 22
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Sep 20—Dec 3
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 23
3 Units
Antoine Wilson
Please Note: No class the week of November 22
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
If, as Hemingway put it, “all writing is rewriting,” why do so many fiction workshops give their members feedback on a draft only to then leave them to their own devices? This course will be different. You’ll be workshopping your brand-new stories and novel excerpts, revising them after receiving feedback, and workshopping them again in the second half of the course. Along the way, we’ll examine techniques and approaches to revision, as well as the ways in which revision constitutes a process of re-envisioning your work.

While revising and rewriting is an area in which writers’ methods vary widely, we’ll also be looking at how (and how much) other writers do it, through their words and, when available, their early drafts. We’ll also read a published short story every week and discuss the craft points that are the bread and butter of all fiction workshops: characterization, voice, point of view, plot, and structure. By the end of the course, you will have the first revision of a short story or novel excerpt, a better sense of how to approach your own work like an editor, and the beginnings of a revision method that works for you.

Some experience writing and workshopping fiction is recommended but not necessary.


Antoine Wilson is the author of the novels Mouth to Mouth (forthcoming), Panorama City, and The Interloper. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin, UC San Diego, UCLA Extension, and Otis College. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, and Best New American Voices, and he is a contributing editor of A Public Space.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) John Updike (Editor), Katrina Kenison (Co-editor), Best American Short Stories of the Century, Expanded ed. (ISBN 9780395843673)