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I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
“Whether you attribute that quotation to Blaise Pascal, Mark Twain or anyone in-between, the sentiment rings true,” says instructor David Jacobson. “All writers struggle to edit to the essential.”
In this online class, David, who also teaches our On Point class, will offer tips and tricks to edit and revise your prose, primarily for nonfiction pieces. Whether you bring to class a work in progress or start a new piece during in-class exercises, the course’s mix of lectures, homework, workshopping and individual instructor attention will explore:
- Fleshing out your piece without the flab
- Choosing and using scythe or scalpel
- Rearranging material, such as making certain sections appear earlier, later or never
- The principles of addition by subtraction and vice versa
- How to make a word, sentence or paragraph pop.
David says, “By the end of three weeks, you will leave class with the tools to tighten your writing and perhaps a polished piece of 500-3,000 words.”
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.
David Jacobson is sole proprietor of Inkflow Communications, which provides writing/editing services and marketing communications consulting to social impact organizations in the areas of youth development, sports/fitness, and DEI efforts. He has self-published Az der Papa (a YA coming-of-age novella), At the Cookout: A White Man’s Journey in Black America (memoir), and The Man Behind the Mask (collaboration with American Ninja Warrior athletes Flip Rodriguez and Noah Kaufman). David’s work is rooted in a journalism career that started at age 15 in 1979 and has included thousands of articles, op-eds, and blogs for his employers and clients.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 10, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 17, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 24, 7:00pm-9:30pm
David is very talented in that way that only advanced teachers are, in that by saying less, he said more.
David is a very generous and insightful instructor, encouraging and empowering while still being practical in his approach. He spoke to our individual needs as writers and tailored his suggestions to each of our pieces, writing styles and blocks. He also encouraged group conversation and ideas, so we all benefited from one another's very helpful suggestions, which we were able to incorporate on the spot.