January 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Amanda Korman
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 1/26/19 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
“Several delusions weaken the writer’s resolve to throw away work. If he has read his pages too often, those pages will have a necessary quality, the ring of the inevitable, like poetry known by heart; they will perfectly answer their own familiar rhythms. He will retain them. He may retain those pages if they possess some virtues, such as power in themselves, though they lack the cardinal virtue, which is pertinence to, and unity with, the [work’s] thrust.” — Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Writing means rewriting. Many if not all of our favorite published works are the result of extensive processes of molting and regeneration, and in this seminar we will explore strategies for doing so in our own writing. We will get inspiration (and exhortation) from great writers (Annie Dillard and others); read examples of texts transformed by revision; and develop our own revision toolkit. The focus will be fiction but the concepts can easily be applied to nonfiction, as well; writers of either genre, at any experience level, are welcome.
About the Instructor: Amanda Korman is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from UVA and a BA from Williams College. She is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for The Women’s Initiative, a nonprofit providing mental health services in Charlottesville.