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The Invisible Art: Re-seeing Revision with Peter Ho Davies — Sold Out


2 Sessions

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Saturday & Sunday 2:00 pm EDT - 4:15 pm EDT October 16 to October 17, 2021

Online via Zoom

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Writers from Ernest Hemingway (“The only kind of writing is rewriting”) to Khaled Hosseini (“Writing for me is largely about rewriting”) to Joyce Carol Oates (“Most of my time writing is really re-writing”) have stressed the importance of revision. And yet, since all we usually have access to is the final draft of a published book or story, revision is something of an invisible art. In this seminar participants will try to draw it forth into the light by calling on examples from life, literature and even pop culture (from remakes to reboots to retcons), and exploring a range of strategies for how to re-see re-vision.

This class is appropriate for any writer who’s ever balked at revision as a chore, or despaired of it as a Sisyphean task, or shuddered at the blood-thirsty idea of “killing your darlings.” Through examples, exercises and discussion, each session will reintroduce revision as a fun, inspiring, and vital activity.

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Capacity: 20

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    Peter Ho Davies

    Peter Ho Davies

    Peter Ho Davies’s most recent novel is A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. His first work of nonfiction, The Art of Revision: The Last Word, is forthcoming from Graywolf in November. Other books include The Fortunes, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; The Welsh Girl, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and a London Times bestseller; as well as two collections of short stories. His work has appeared in Harpers, the Atlantic, the Paris Review, and Granta, and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.