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6 Weeks Starting April 15th
The Chop Shop Revisions Course with Minda Honey is returning this spring! Students who took the course last year saw their pieces published in The New York Times and The Manifest Station. Now, it’s your turn. In this 6-week course we’ll chop up your first draft and put it back together better than ever. In this course you’ll learn:
- How to identify problem areas in your own writing
- How to be a good revision partner for your peers
- Tips for revising beginnings, endings, and everything in between
“I’ll share writing advice from the pros and we’ll take a look at writing that’s working and discuss why. As my expertise is in nonfiction, I’ve found that this course works best for writers working on a personal essay or memoir excerpt. Maximum submission length is 2,500 words (Note: Most publications these days like essays in the 700-900 word range).”
To register email Inlandia@InlandiaInstitute.org
To pay via PayPal, follow the link then choose the “send money” option to send your registration fee to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a check to:
4178 Chestnut Street
Riverside, CA 92501
6-Week Course Outline (Plus One Week Of Prep!)
Each week on Sunday, I’ll post a quickie 10-minute video with the week’s lesson. Members can watch the videos on their own time during the week and leave comments that I will periodically respond to. Members should feel comfortable responding to each others’ comments as well and sharing bits of info or examples of writing they’ve found helpful.
After the Sunday lesson, you’ll post your revisions to the group by noon on Thursday. You can leave your original in the comments. So, for example, the week we work on intros, you’ll post your revised intro and then leave the original as a comment on the same post. Members can then comment directly on your work. Members will have until Sunday at noon to leave their comments on your work.
Readings and discussion topics for the week will be posted the week prior.
Week 0: Prep Week
Each member of the course will submit a piece of nonfiction they intend to revise that is no longer than 2,500 words. Each member will be responsible for reading their peers’ pieces. You will not be expected to provide notes or feedback for these works as a whole, but you will want to be familiar with the pieces in order to offer strong revision notes throughout the course. Along with your submission, please introduce yourself to the group by posting a little about yourself, your writing, and what you think your greatest strengths and weaknesses are as a writer. You will have one week to read everyone’s pieces.
Week 1: 1-on-1 Meetings
I will post a list of times for us to meet 1-on-1 for 20 mins. via Facebook chat or Google Messenger video chat to discuss your piece and establish a revision game plan. Readings for the “Beginnings” lesson will be posted this week.
Week 2: Lesson: Beginnings
Week 3: Lesson: Dialogue and Setting
Week 4: Lesson: Sentence Level Revisions & Cliches
Week 5: Lesson: Endings
This is the last live lesson, but you will still post your revision to your ending by Thursday at noon and we will continue to chat and discuss in the group until Sunday.
Week 6: Wrap Up Chat
Minda Honey was raised in the land of bourbon, basketball and horse racing: Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville with her B.A. in English. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Riverside where she worked on her memoir-in-progress, An Anthology of Assholes. She has led memoir workshops in the community as a Gluck Fellow, at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Speed Art Museum and for Louisville Literary Arts, as well as, several for the Inlandia Institute. Her writing has been featured on Longreads in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Oxford American, and she is a columnist for the San Diego CityBeat and is the LEO Weekly‘s relationship advice columnist.