Revision Fundamentals: Structure & Scene

Revision Fundamentals: Structure & Scene with Mark Sarvas

Writing is rewriting. There are two kinds of writers - those who will publish and those who don't take revision seriously enough. Before an agent ever gets hold of your book, you must go through numerous revisions to present your best possible effort. Using The Great Gatsby as a guide, this one-day workshop gives you a tip-of-the-iceberg look at two key areas of revision: structure and scene. By combining close readings and in-class feedback, you will learn how to spot and fix problems in your story-in-progress. You will end the day with a working plan for tackling the daunting problem of revision. This workshop focuses on the novel, but short story writers are welcome. Each participant must send a ten-page scene or excerpt from a scene by October 17th. This is a requirement to attend the workshop. Limit 10 students.
October 26, 2014 @ 10AM - 6PM
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Beverly Hills, CA
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Mark SarvasMark Sarvas's second novel, Memento Park, was acquired by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May 2014. His debut novel, Harry, Revised, has been published in more than a dozen countries around the world. A finalist for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association's 2008 Fiction Award and a Denver Post 2008 Good Read, Harry, Revised, has been called "a remarkable debut" by Booker Prize winner John Banville, and was compared to John Updike and Phillip Roth by the Chicago Tribune. His book reviews and criticism have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bookforum, The Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Barnes and Noble Review, Truthdig, The Modern Word, Boldtype, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, for which he is a contributing editor. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN America, and has judged the PEN Center USA Fiction Award, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the Kirkwood Prize. He teaches novel writing in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. He is the host of the popular and controversial literary weblog The Elegant Variation, which is a Guardian Top 10 Literary Blog, a Forbes Magazine Best of the Web pick, and a Los Angeles Magazine Top L.A. Blog. He lives in Santa Monica.