Weekend Workshops 2017
Authors at Large offers intensive weekend workshops in book-length creative projects such as the novel or memoir as well as workshops in short creative works such as the short story, novella or literary essay. These are limited to small groups. We offer such workshops at various international locations.
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In January, Xu Xi was writer-in-residence at La Muse Writer’s Retreat located in the village of Labastide-Esparbairenque in the Languedoc region of Southern France and offered a weekend workshop in revision.
To be a writer, you must in the first place write. And then you must read your own work as a writer does, with a critical eye for editing and revision to transform it into the best piece of writing you possibly can. In this workshop, you will read writing in progress with that kind of eye, by focusing on word choices, sentences and paragraphs of your own work and those of others in the group. This weekend workshop provides you with writing craft tools to think about your own work the way a writer needs to, and to help you consider how you might revise your work in progress for eventual completion. All participants receive by email a document containing all the submissions prior to the first session.
Each participant must submit a piece of no more than 750 words that is the opening section of a story or essay or book that you are writing or wish to write and for which you would like some feedback. This can be a complete short-short or flash piece of 750 words or less, but keep your submission to one single piece. Please don’t send something already completed or published because that entirely defeats the purpose of a workshop in revision, which is to look at work in progress.
The workshop: On Day One, we will discuss all the manuscripts with an eye to how each piece could be revised through a guided discussion (guidelines will be provided with the document I send you for reading). Participants will each revise a section of their piece — up to 300 words — and we will read and discuss these revisions on Sunday. Participants come with a laptop or tablet to write on and receive email as this is how we’ll share the revisions for reading on Day Two.