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“Revision is a fundamental part of the writing process,” says instructor Michael David Lukas. “It’s the sweat and glue and spit and polish that turns your first draft into a finished product. Revision is finding just the right word, it's writing a new ending again and again and again, it's restructuring the narrative, it's making that character rounder, it's taking out that comma, and putting it back in again. Revision is the 99% perspiration of writing. And yet, important as it is, revision is often overlooked in writing workshops. It's an afterthought, a means to an end.”
In this course, we're going to give revision its fair due. In writing exercises, guided readings, discussions, and mini-workshops, we will explore revision from the sentence-level to the work as a whole. Students will come away from the course with a newfound appreciation for revision and valuable strategies to help make the process easier.
Michael David Lukas is the author of the international bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul, which was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has been published in fifteen languages. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau in Spring 2018. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Brown University, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Santa Maddalena Foundation, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and VQR. He lives in Oakland, California.
- Monday, November 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Monday, December 4, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Monday, December 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm