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The Divine Refine: Radical Revision in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Wednesdays, 4 weeks
May 4
May 25
6:00 - 8:00PM CST
Loie Rawding
The Porch Headquarters at 2811 Dogwood Pl, Nashville, TN 37204
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This workshop is designed for writers who have completed a piece of fiction or non-fiction, and are looking for rigorous inspiration on how to take it the next level. Once a first draft is completed, deep and radical revision is the crucial next step. And yet, for many of us it is the most challenging and least talked about aspect of drafting. It can be especially difficult to look at a project critically when you’ve been so close to it, for so long. Each session, we will engage in discussions on a variety of craft elements and writing exercises tailored to put these techniques into immediate practice. You will learn how to grasp at the heart of your story and pursue its truest song. You will become your own most trusted and ruthless editor. And you will walk away with a polished draft, as well as an arsenal of tools ready to use the next time you feel stuck. Sharing will be encouraged and completely voluntary. This workshop is ideal for intermediate and advanced writers.

Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 9 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.

Loie Rawding grew up on Cliff Island, Maine. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado and served as Fiction Editor of Timber Journal. Her work has received international attention in Heavy Feather Review, The Ekphrastic Review (Toronto), NATIVE Magazine, SAND (Berlin), and Map Literary, among others. In 2016, Loie was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been a fellow at the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Martha's Vineyard Creative Writing Institute. Loie’s debut novel, Tight Little Vocal Cords, is now available from KERNPUNKT Press. Find her at: www.loierawding.com

What Our Students Say

“Loie was a terrific instructor. She built a strong rapport immediately with her students and led reflective discussions. Her written reviews are thorough and it is clear she puts a significant amount of time into the organization of the class. I was inspired and challenged by her comments and with each session.”

“Loie was wonderful. She treated everyone's work with equal seriousness and insight, fostered a supportive atmosphere among the group, and really motivated us to do our best work. I'll absolutely recommend her classes to others.”

“Loie is so supportive. She forced us all to really dig deep into what story we were all trying to tell in our first drafts. I’m thankful for all the feedback and advice on how to pursue publishing that she was able to offer. I’d love to take another class from her again!”

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