Amy Hassinger

Writer. Teacher. Manuscript Consultant.

Book Lab II: Revision

You’ve completed a draft of your novel or memoir. Congratulations! Now comes the hard part: revision. Hard, yes, but essential and ultimately more rewarding. Revision means seeing again, with fresh eyes. In this course, we’ll help each other see our work afresh by reading, evaluating, and discussing our manuscripts in workshop. Over nine monthly meetings, we’ll workshop each class member’s whole manuscript, discussing each writer’s choices and whether or not they’re serving the story. We’ll examine voice, characterization, plot, structure, scene, exposition, image patterning, climax, resolution, thematic meaning, and sentence-making. At home, between class meetings, we’ll keep in touch via email. Each month, you’ll be expected to revise your draft, as well as to read and respond carefully in writing to your classmates’ manuscripts. Our shared goal will be to make each book the best it can be. My hope is that you’ll emerge from the class well on your way toward a taut, meaningful story with sparkling prose. 

Students will need to commit to reading 150 - 300 manuscript pages (double-spaced) and writing 2 - 4 critique letters (1-2 pp. single-spaced) a month, in addition to completing your own revisions. You will also be assigned one published book to read before our first meeting. 

  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Prerequisite: Book Lab I, or a finished draft of a novel or memoir and permission from me
  • When: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., 10/4, 11/1, 12/6, 1/10/17, 2/14 (*a week later than usual), 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/6
  • Where: My home (Urbana)
  • How much: $1395 (first $495 due by 9/7, then 3 installments of $300 due by 11/1, 1/10/17, and 3/14  
  • How many: 4 - 6
  • What genres: Novel and Memoir
  • Enroll by: September 7, 2016

To inquire further, please fill out this form:

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