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Become Your Own Best Editor

January 5 - 26, 2022
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Pacific (four sessions)


“If you believe in revision you don’t have to worry about perfection.”
-Naomi Shihab Nye

Congratulations! You’ve written some stories, some chapters of a memoir, a handful of personal essays, now what?

In this multi-genre workshop, you’ll learn techniques for revising and polishing your writing by locating intention—what you’ve come to say, and how best to say it—and by further developing your strengths and recognizing weaknesses. We will use a layer cake strategy in our revising. First, macro-edits which focus on content such as structure, images, how to handle time, tension, where to begin, is the ending too pat or too loose? Next, micro-edits will focus upon sentence structure, word choice, confusion vs. curiosity, variation and beauty. Finally, there is the nuts-and-bolts layer, the copy-editing, which we will not take time for in this workshop. Just know that when your work is picked up, the copy editor is your new best friend!

Writers will come to this workshop with work in hand, ready to dig in, to sharpen, improve, take apart and infuse with vivid details and profluence—the drive in the reader to turn the page. During the course, each writer will have an opportunity to share twice (pages TBD by size of the group). The first submission will be draft work and the second will be revised pages. I will offer in-class exercises to sharpen your writing and to add to your toolbox in areas of character development, meaningful action, point-of-view, setting, and pace. You will leave with revised work and an understanding of how to make your writing stronger.

Access Program
We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.


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Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and a story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared in The Greensboro ReviewThe Bellingham ReviewGulf CoastInkwell, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesO, The Oprah MagazineThe Huffington Post and others. Natalie has been short listed in Best American Short Stories. She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. Visit her online at natalieserber.com.
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