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8-Week Online Focused Revision Workshop


$495 New Student | $470 Returning

Writing the first draft of anything is no small accomplishment. It takes a different mindset and perspective to revise, to dive back into the work and try to see it in a new way. Focused Revision, taught by novelist and short story writer Todd Robert Petersen, is designed for writers looking to take their first draft to the next level. This course is structured on the idea of a pass, a quick sprint through your work that is focused on specific issues: plot, character, dialogue, language, theme.

This course is focused on the revision of prose (fiction or non-fiction). All genres are welcome. Poetry, however, won't work well with this process. During the eight weeks of Focused Revision, students will have two opportunities to workshop pages from their revision passes in a supportive guided environment. These workshops will focus on the questions and issues your revision process is revealing to you. This is an ONLINE class and open to writers of all levels, but students will have to have 10-15 pages of prose ready to go at the start of the course.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase The Last Draft: A Novelist's Guide to Revision by Sandra Scofield.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • August 26, 2019 to October 14, 2019

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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Instructor TODD ROBERT PETERSEN lives in Cedar City, Utah, with his wife and three children. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, and Oklahoma State, Petersen is now a professor of English at Southern Utah University. He also teaches in SUU's interdisciplinary Screen Studies program. His work has appeared in Mid-American Review, Weber Studies, Hobart, and the Wisconsin Review. He is repped by Nat Sobel and publishes with Counterpoint, who released his novel-in-stories called IT NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE WE TRIED in 2018. His next novel, PICNIC IN THE RUINS, a dark comedy about Native American antiquities theft set in the desert Southwest, will be released by Counterpoint in 2020.