The Art of Revision

So you wrote something…now what? Time for draft two, and three, and four… Revising and polishing your work takes determination. If you’ve got the grit to mine through a piece scene by scene, sentence by sentence, and even word by word, you’ll be happier with your story or manuscript—and so will the submissions editor or agent who receives it. The art of revision goes beyond looking for typos and grammar fixes; revision involves unearthing plot lines, weeding out wordy sentence structure, and pruning up wayward prose. In this six-week workshop, you will learn how to tackle your own writing with fresh eyes and how to recognize your style tics. Each attendee will have the opportunity to provide up to a 3,000-word writing sample (part of which will be given a full line edit, all of which will be critiqued developmentally). This sample will not be shared with the rest of the class; however, participants may wish to read from their samples as part of the discussions. You do not have to have a completed manuscript or piece to benefit from this course.

  • Instructor: Jennifer Chesak
  • Length of workshop: 6 weeks
  • Dates: Thursdays, October 27 - December 8 (no class on November 24)
  • Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $217.50 non-members$195.75 members
  • Location: The Skillery in Germantown

About the Instructor:

Jennifer Chesak, an East Nashville-based writer and editor, operates an independent publishing and editing company, Wandering in the Words Press. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and has had a storied career as a freelance adventure, travel, and fitness writer for publications like Runner's World, Women's Running and Field & Stream online to name a few. She serves as a mentor for Middle Tennessee State University's certificate in writing program, MTSU Write, and is currently working on a fiction novel set in her native state of North Dakota. Jennifer mulls over plot lines and character traits while training for her next marathon or working in her garden. Find her writing and editing tips at