F167. Second Sight: Teaching Revision Skills in the Workshop

Auditorium Room 3, Level 1
Friday, April 10, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The teaching of specific revision skills often gets scant time in workshops, overshadowed by the process of critiquing first drafts. Authors of poetry, fiction, plays, nonfiction, and craft books, ranging from an MFA student to an editor of a journal devoted wholly to revision, discuss strategies for teaching revision techniques effectively in workshop. Handouts include unsuccessful first drafts of famous literary works and the revisions that got them from alpha to omega. 



Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and author of seven collections of poems, including Theophobia and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems. His awards and honors include three Pushcart Prizes, an NEA fellowship, and the Colorado Prize for Poetry.

A. J. Verdelle, a prize-winning American novelist, is published by Algonquin Books and Harper. Essays have been published by Crown, Smithsonian, Whitney Museum, Random House, and University of Georgia Press. Verdelle has forthcoming novels from Random House/Spiegel & Grau, and teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University.

Kat Finch is a poetry MFA candidate at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and works as a poetry editor for Mixed Fruit magazine. She is a member of the 3-4-5 writing community.

Rachel Yoder edits draft: the journal of process which features first and final drafts of stories, essays, and poetry along with author interviews. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow.

Lily Hoang is the author of four books. Her short novel Changing received a 2009 PEN Open Book Award. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is associate department head and prose editor for Puerto del Sol.


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