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“Much of writing,” to quote J.B. Priestly, “might be described as mental pregnancy with successive difficult deliveries.” And while, yes, we writers must labor alone initially, the truth is that writing in the end is a collaborative effort. “Everyone, at every level,” says instructor Andy Touhy, “needs a second pair of eyes, a guiding hand, and an array of re-visioning techniques when it comes to next steps with raw or overcooked material.”
So in this five-week course, we’re going to have a re-vision party. We’ll talk personal roadblocks, and we’ll visit early and polished drafts by published writers, with an eye on the whys and hows of their revision choices. Most importantly, we’ll build up a toolbox of strategies and approaches designed to clear the smoke from the fire of any of our work at any stage. Expect to get hands-on—from word choice to narrative restructuring—with a range of material you generate or bring to class. The final week will culminate in a reading or soft workshop of one revised piece per participant.
Andy says: “The goal of this class is threefold: to debunk myths about the writing process (it’s a messy business); for students to gain a clearer understanding of the decision-making process inherent to the practice of revision; and for everyone to walk away with a handful of resuscitated if not rescued treasures to work with going forward. And—of course—to have fun while we're at it.”
Andy Touhy, a recipient of the San Francisco Browning Society’s Dramatic Monologue Award and Fourteen Hills’ Bambi Holmes Fiction Prize, is also a nominee for inclusion in Best New American Voices. In 2016 his story manuscript, The Secret of Mayo, was named the finalist for BOA Editions’ Short Fiction Prize. Work from the collection has appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, and The Collagist. He holds graduate degrees in literature and creative writing and has taught at SFSU, Academy of Art, and Ohio University. He lives in Oakland with his wife and child.
- Sunday, January 12, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Sunday, January 19, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Sunday, January 26, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Sunday, February 02, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Sunday, February 09, 2:00pm-4:30pm
I felt Andy was one of the most approachable writing teachers I've ever had, not pretentious at all, and that helped set the tone for the class. I felt like all the participants were inspired and treated each person with respect when doing workshopping. Andy gave each person's writing equal attention and interest.
Andy Touhy is enthusiastic, clearly loves looking at what prose can do, and seems able to imagine the best incarnation of in-progress pieces so that both the student and the class members get the benefit of detailed, imaginative and constructive suggestions.