Writing is revising, goes one of the truisms of the writing life. "But what is revising?” asks instructor Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. "Too often, we take a first draft, in whatever form it arrives, and chip away at it until it looks something like a poem. And yet revision has the potential to be a much more radical and creative act.”
In this class, you’ll explore multiple techniques for re-visioning, revising, and workshopping poems, discovering what each poem wants to become. You'll emerge with 8 to 12 substantial revisions and a collection of useful revision tools, as well as skills for discussing new work one-on-one or in a workshop setting.
This course has five 2.5-hour weekly meetings, with a combination of reading, in-class discussion, writing exercises, workshopping, and written instructor feedback. Students will revise and submit poems generated from in-class exercises and outside work, and each student will have 3-4 poems workshopped.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Blackbird, Kenyon Review, Plume, and Zyzzyva, in anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and online at Poem-A-Day and Poetry Daily. In addition to leading workshops at Portland’s Literary Arts, Seattle’s Hugo House, and The Writing Salon, she hosts the Portland reading series Lilla Lit and Literary Bingo and works as a freelance editor of poetry and nonfiction. Before fleeing northward in search of writer-friendly rents, she taught in UC Berkeley’s Post-Baccalaureate Writing Program.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, August 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, August 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, September 02, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, September 09, 7:00pm-9:30pm