WSP 48 — Extreme Draft Makeover
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 11—Aug 18
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Aug 4
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Sara Michas-Martin
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Aug 11—Aug 18
No letter grade
You have a promising rough draft in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry. You’re excited about what you have created on the page, but there’s more work to do because rarely is revision simply a matter of tuning up and tweaking. Often a text finds its true destination in the revision stage, but where do you begin? And how do you tap that initial inspiration again? What does it mean to write a fully realized draft? The aim of this workshop is to give you the resources to approach revision as a process: systematically, confidently, and joyfully. In our first meeting, we will move step by step through guided writing exercises that will help our drafts achieve depth, clarity, and vision. We will experiment with structure and stronger (or alternate) beginnings, delving deeper into character, and we will discover windows in our texts that invite new scenes or promising detours. In our second meeting, we will submit our revisions and offer each other detailed feedback in a supportive workshop setting. This workshop will help you move closer to a fully realized draft, as well as give you the confidence to write better stories and poems in any stage of the process.
Grade restriction: No letter grade
Sara Michas-Martin, Former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer, StanfordSara Michas-Martin is the author of the book Gray Matter, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award and received the Poets Out Loud Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, CURA, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing for the University of Michigan and Goddard College, and she received an MFA in poetry from University of Arizona.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.