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The Story is Smarter: Facing the Hard Work of Revision

Intermediate / Advanced | Even with a competent draft in hand, sometimes you just know when a story doesn’t feel done yet. Placing a finger on the problem can be maddeningly difficult. Maybe the hardest thing a writer has to learn is how to get out of the way of a story. In this workshop, we’ll practice a form of laser-focused close reading to reveal subliminal designs and subconscious content, illuminating aspects of revision that often feel most elusive: how to clarify thematic arguments or attend to our characters’ emotional labor. Along the way, we’ll work on tools that enhance our attention to our prose, and we’ll pick up a few pointers on craft in stories by T.C. Boyle, Yiyun Li, Jamel Brinkley, and Deborah Eisenberg.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Eric McMillan

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/06/2019

No Class On: 5/27/2019

End Date: 06/17/2019

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$295.00 General Price:

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Eric McMillan

Eric McMillan’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Iowa Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and Witness. An Iraq War veteran, he’s the winner of this year’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Prize and a former Fellow at Hugo House.

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