WSP 71 — Your Words Matter: Revision Clinic for Prose Writers
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Oct 13
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 6
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Monica Wesolowska
10:00 am—4:00 pm
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
While deep creative work often benefits from the time and energy put into revision, the process of revision can feel elusive and challenging. This one-day workshop offers you a chance to spend the whole day working with others on any prose manuscript—memoir, essay, novel, or story—that may be giving you revision troubles. No matter what stage you have reached, you will learn to see your own work with new eyes. We will start the day by identifying and eradicating fears that can keep you from achieving your own best work. We will move on to exercise-based revision techniques such as diagramming and pitching and learning to spot common micro-problems before they derail your projects. While the aim of this course is to develop yourself as your own best editor, we will also take time to talk about how to use the criticism of others in a way that is constructive. Ultimately, the revision process is about expanding our original visions and focusing on changes that can deepen and intensify the impact of our stories. By the end of the day, you should have not only a specific plan for moving forward on your current manuscript but also a variety of tools for approaching each new revision with confidence.
Monica Wesolowska, Author; EditorMonica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, which was named a Best Book of 2013 by The Boston Globe. She has published essays and short stories in many venues including The New York Times and has a children’s picture book forthcoming. A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she has taught at UC Berkeley Extension since 2002 and also runs an independent editing business.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.