[In Progress] 4-Part Course: Revising Your Way to Better Poems with Erin L. McCoy (May 2018)

“Revising Your Way to Better Poems: Strategies for Effective Revision” is a four-session course that combines workshop-style feedback sessions with prompts, activities, and strategies designed to help you revise your poetry. Each attendee will select one to two poems that will be revised over the course of the class, and learn revision techniques along the way that can be applied to a broad variety of poems. Whether you’re new to writing and don’t know how to begin revising, or you’re a seasoned poet looking for new strategies, this class is for you! Come prepared for quick prompts, dramatic rewrites, workshopping, and even a few revision games.

From the instructor, Erin L. McCoy:

“For years and years, I used to love writing poems but hate revising them. When it came to revision, I just felt I had no idea what I was doing, and sometimes I felt that I was just making poems worse. Many beginning and intermediate poets feel the same way, and choose to overvalue the sanctity of the first draft, since they feel they can’t make it better.

In this class, we will joyfully cut first drafts to pieces, turn them upside down, shake and twist and scramble them. I’ll offer up the many strategies and techniques I learned as an MFA student at the University of Washington, working with a writing group, and attending a multitude of writing classes. We’ll look at revision as a multi-step process and try out structured, specific, and highly applicable approaches to revision. We’ll share our revisions along the way and learn from each other, as each person applies the tactics we learn in different ways. Students will walk away with up to two dramatically revised poems and strategies they can use again and again.”

Class schedule:

— Tuesday, May 1, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, May 8, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, May 15, 6:30–8:30 pm

— Tuesday, May 22, 6:30–8:30 pm

Preregistration rate: $100, or $135 with consultation*

*Optional feature: An hour-long, one-on-one consultation with the instructor. During these meetings, which will be scheduled individually and take place outside of class, participants may request personalized feedback and guidance about submissions.

This course is capped at 15 people. Preregister here to reserve your spot!

About the instructor:

Erin L. McCoy holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Washington. Her poem, “Futures,” was selected by Natalie Diaz for inclusion in Best New Poets 2017. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Cimarron Review, The Tusculum Review, and other publications. She is Community Outreach Coordinator and Public Relations Manager for Open Books and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Oakley Hall III Memorial Scholarship to attend the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, California, among other awards. She is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her website is erinlmccoy.com.