ClassThe Second Draft
This class is for anyone who’s ever reached the end of a first draft, and thought, “now what”? Revision can be an overwhelming prospect, but it can also be one of the most fun and creative stages of the writing process. This class will cover all aspects of the second draft: identifying the manuscript’s structural strengths and weakness, deciding when and how to get feedback and how to incorporate it, maintaining hope and enthusiasm, knowing when to cut your losses and when to kill your darlings, breaking down the work into manageable tasks, and improving your prose.
Although the class will focus on fiction, many of the techniques will be applicable to non-fiction as well. It is appropriate for writers of short fiction or novels. It may be particularly useful to those who have a NaNoWriMo draft to revise. Participants do not need to have a work in progress, as the class will include writing exercises that can apply either to a work in progress or to an example text. Each week will include a lecture in text and/or video, a writing exercise, an optional live chat, forum discussion, and an option for critique from peers and the teaching artist.