In this revision-focused workshop we are interested in everything that happens after the first draft. We will engage questions great and small, from point of view, structure, endings, etc., down to sentence mechanics, line editing, and word choice. All of this is done with an eye toward becoming stronger writers, as well as critical readers. You will submit a story (5-20 pages) that you have already put some time into, but have hit some kind of wall with. Maybe it’s a draft you can’t finish, or something that you know isn’t quite working but you don’t know why. The workshop will provide detailed feedback and offer concrete suggestions for revision that will help you get this particular manuscript to a state of completion. Additionally, the larger-scale strategies we discuss can become part of your daily practice, to be used when you hit the next wall after this one, and the next one after that. . .
Justin Taylor is the author of the story collections Flings and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, and the novel The Gospel of Anarchy. His work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Tin House, and Bookforum. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, N.Y.U, and Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Portland, Oregon and on Twitter @my19thcentury.