Revision as Discovery
All Levels | Everyone has poems that get stuck, even though we still care about them. How do we find their heart? Revision is an act of expansion, a chance to deepen your thinking, invite surprise, and strengthen your relationship with your work. Gather at least three drafts to work on and expect a mix of discussion, small group feedback on 1–2 drafts, in-class exercises, and close readings of revisions by published poets. Bring one draft to our first class.
Melanie Figg is a poet and essayist, currently working on a hybrid memoir. Her award-winning poetry collection, Trace, was named one of the year’s "Best Indie Books" by Kirkus Reviews. She's received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council and others, and has had work published in dozens of literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Nimrod, The Rumpus, Hippocampus, and the American Journal of Poetry. As a certified professional coach, Melanie offers women’s writing retreats and works remotely with writers on their manuscripts as well as their creative process.