Sarah Orne Jewett used writing skills, or was it magic when she wrote, “A White Heron.” In 1886, her caldron was seven pages. She put in a hop toad, a cow, birds, trees, a girl of nine years, a gun, a grandmother, a young man, a promise of money. She created a timeless, poignant, relevant classic.
Have fun improving your writing skills. You will learn from your own, then from your classmates’ endeavors. Can you improve by editing or rewriting part or all of what and how Sarah wrote?
Please bring your edits to the zoom guided by Tom Tepper.
After you register, you will receive links to free written and audio copies of the story in your registration confirmation email. The zoom link will be sent the day prior to the event.
The first draft of any short story is largely explorative: finding out what the story will be by writing it. But what happens next? Once you have created a first draft, necessarily flawed, how do you revise it into a polished, powerful story? Many writers are daunted by this task, and many stories falter at the threshold of the second, or third, or final draft. In this class, we will treat revision as a series of steps, rather than a single, sweeping transformation. We will break break stories down into their component parts and talk about how to use each aspect of fiction to greatest effect: setting, pacing, tension, character, dialogue, and more.
Abby Geni is the author of the novels The Wildlands and The Lightkeepers, as well as a short story collection, The Last Animal. Her books have been translated into seven languages and have won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Chicago Review of Books Awards, among other honors. Her latest novel, The Wildlands, was named one of the best books of 2018 by Kirkus and Buzzfeed and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Geni is a faculty member at StoryStudio Chicago and recently served as Visiting Associate Professor of Fiction at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
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