Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: December 3, 2022
  • End Date: December 10, 2022
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $180.00
  • Member Price: $162.00

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Bird’s Eye View: Strategies for Close Reading & Revision

How can we delve deeper into texts that feel mysterious, thorny, or complex? In this class, we’ll experiment with hands-on practices—annotation, structural mapping, and more—that open up new understandings of what’s on the page and what might come next. You’ll leave with expanded possibilities for your own work-in-progress, and with specific tools for reading other writers’ work as a source of inspiration. Students should bring a draft of a completed piece or chapter to our second session.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum


Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more of Liza go to