Revision: The Art, the Craft, the Magic
In order to revise, you need first of all a complete rough draft. We’ll learn how to get through that draft quickly, how best to prepare for the process of revision, and then how to practice the alchemy by which narrative lead turns to gold. We’ll cover the purely chemical processes of proofreading and editing, but we’ll also explore the higher magic—and frankly, there are some conjuror’s tricks involved—that imbues a gnarly rough draft with focus, coherence, and internal resonance. You’ll find there are more uses for a bungee cord than you thought.
Join live on February 23 at 9 a.m. Central Time. Recording also available.
About the instructor
Richard Adams Carey is the author of four books of literary narrative nonfiction, most recently “In the Evil Day,” which has been optioned for film by London-based Island Pictures. “Against the Tide” won the New Hampshire Literary Prize for Nonfiction, and “Raven’s Children” was a New York Public Library Book to Remember. His essays, reviews, and short fiction have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the Wall Street Journal, Yankee Magazine, Harvard Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Massachusetts Review, Hunger Mountain, Assignment, Turnrow, Meeting House, and the Beloit Fiction Journal. He teaches in the Mountainview MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction program at Southern New Hampshire University.