Fall 2019: Fiction Revision Master Class

Zulema Renee Summerfield Portland Book Festival

Fall 2019: Fiction Revision Master Class


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Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Zulema Renee Summerfield

You’ve got a piece of writing that you love, but you know it needs some work. It’s got all the potential to be a great piece, but no matter your efforts you can’t figure out how to revise it. Every time you go back in, you spend hours fixating on a period or a comma and not making any real changes. You put the story away and start a new one. Same thing: great potential, uneasiness, tinkering, stalling. Wash, rinse, repeat.

In this one-day revision class, students will learn to break out of this vicious cycle by gaining tips and tricks for revision. Most writers (even professional ones) face blocks when it comes time to revise, and together we will learn some tried and true methods that actually work.

We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of trusted revision techniques and learn how to apply these techniques to our own work. This class is ideal for those writers who are great at starting stories but not finishing them, or for those to whom “revision” is a scary word. Together, we’ll learn that revision doesn’t have to be terrifying—that in fact, revision is where some of the best work happens.

Zulema Renee Summerfield is the author of the novel Every Other Weekend. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica and The Threepenny Review. Her first book, Everything Faces All Ways At Once, is available from Fourteen Hills Press.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman.

To apply for Scholarship or Liaison positions, e-mail Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at susan@literary-arts.org with your name, contact information, and the class you are interested in. Priority is given to students who have not taken classes with us before. Scholarships are awarded 1-2 weeks before the class begins.  All scholarships are subject to availability.