Do you have a story gathering dust? Arya Samuelson will guide through the maze of revision and help you discover your story’s fullest, most potent expression.
Your Instructor: Arya Samuelson, author and editor
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: July 20, 2021 - August 10, 2021
“Everything you’ve ever written has at least four more ideas inside it,” says Lidia Yuknavitch.
But how we find them?
This will be the inquiry of our three weeks together: discovering the deeper layers and moments of brilliance inside what you’ve written and using those as guide posts towards your story’s fullest, most potent expression.
In this three-week workshop, participants will bring in a short story or book excerpt (any prose genre) that feels stale, stuck, or simply ready for revision and feedback. Together, we’ll practice transformative revision practices that breathe new life into your work. You can expect to emerge with a multitude of new ideas, renewed excitement about the creative process, and revision practices that will help you become your own best editor.
This class is recommended as a follow-up class to Write Your Way Out of a Rut, but no pre-requisite is required.
REVISION FROM THE INSIDE-OUT is taught by Arya Samuelson, winner of the CutBank’s 2019 Montana Prize in Non-Fiction awarded by Cheryl Strayed. Her work has also been published in Columbia Journal, New Delta Review, Entropy, and The Millions. She is a proud graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program from Mills College and has been studying at Lidia Yuknavitch’s school of Corporeal Writing since 2017. Arya teaches online writing classes with many literary organizations – including her own teaching series, Writing as Ritual – and is honored to witness the transformations writing has catalyzed for her students. Find out more at http://www.aryasamuelson.com.
What This Class Covers
WEEK 1 – Three-Rung Ladder
Often the strongest sentences are buried deep in our story. We’ll begin by identifying the sentences that serve as essential “rungs of the ladder” and using those to generate new work and get clearer about the arc of your story.
Assignment: Revision exercise (500-800 words). You’ll receive idea-driven feedback and developmental edits from the instructor.
WEEK 2 – Metaphor as Ally
As writers, metaphors can be our greatest allies, helping us to conjure powerful images and associations. However, it is easy to be sloppy with our metaphors or dilute a story with too many. This week, we’ll explore how to deepen metaphors already embedded in your work and/or create new metaphors that sing.
Assignment: Revision metaphor exercise (500-800 words). You’ll receive idea-driven and developmental edits from the instructor.
WEEK 3 – Heightening Images & Meaning
This week, we will get in touch with the subconscious patterns playing out beneath the surface of your writing and, using our conscious creative mind, sharpen images and patterns to focus and heighten the power of your story.
Assignment: Revision exercise (500 words) identifying patterns and the deeper “story beneath the story.” Your final assignment will be a revision of your original piece (up to 1000 words) that integrates your insights from the last three weeks. You’ll receive intensive feedback from the instructor on this final piece to identify moments of greatest heat and energy, as well as suggestions for next steps.
Goals Of This Class
You can expect to emerge with:
- Revitalized perspective about the "deeper story within the story" and a stronger sense of direction about where to go next
- Transformative revision practices that will last you well beyond the class
- An abundance of insightful, supportive feedback from Arya and a community of your peers
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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