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Sentence By Sentence: Revision Workshop

8 Weeks • with Candice Reffe

  • Starts Apr 21
  • 400 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

Writing is revision, a riddle the writer unravels word by word, sentence by sentence to uncover what a piece wants to say—and bring it to completion. Revision is an act of paying attention to language and unleashing its possibilities. It’s an act of courage: we follow a sentence that holds a fear we’d rather not face; we have to let go of writing that we’re attached to because the piece will be stronger without it. As we revise, we revise ourselves too—inevitably the writing knows more than we do. We get out of the way of the writing and let the writing lead. In this cross-genre workshop (all levels welcome) you’ll choose one short piece to dive into and revise it over eight weeks, taking it further each week. We’ll discuss elements of craft as they arise within your writing, such as detail and the image, juxtaposition and surprise, diction, syntax and rhythm, beginnings and endings. You’ll spend a few hours revising your piece outside class each week, as well as reviewing and commenting on the pieces submitted for workshop. I’ll assign reading or videos meant to inspire and guide your process. In advance of the first class I'll send a video on craft--and I'll need two brave souls to volunteer for the first workshop. In addition, each participant will sign up for a 30-minute conference with the instructor. TOPICS COVERED OVER OVER THE EIGHT WEEKS: • Paying honest attention • Detail / the Image • Metaphor • Diction & Syntax • Rhythm & Sound • Juxtaposition • Beginnings & Endings INSTRUCTOR CANDICE REFFE’s book of poems Live from the Mood Board, an insider’s view of the fashion world and corporate power, won Elixir Press’s Antivenom Poetry Award and was published in 2019. Twice a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a Mass Cultural Council Artist fellow, Candice’s poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Hotel Amerika, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Witness and elsewhere. She lives in Northampton, MA.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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