The Art of Revision

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  • “What did I learn about the revision process? Most importantly, to first examine the context before doing anything else. Also, that revision is not only about cutting, but definitely also about adding the ‘unpacking’ of ideas.

    How will this experience impact the way you revise text? – The metaphor of being a car mechanic, of getting ‘under that car’ and applying tricks of the trade to make the car/text work, will really help me to revise in a more systematic manner, with a ‘healthy detachment’ and more confidence (I will be less afraid of making radical decisions).”

    Christien, June 16, 2013

  • “Among other things, I learnt that there is more than one way to revise, and you can use multiple revision techniques on the same text if you choose to.

    The hand-out is very elaborate and helpful. And it’s good to have a reference to come back to later. The one-page summary is also a great tool.”

    Andrea, June 16, 2013

  • “What did I learn about writing during the class? For starters, some new ways to look at revision, of course. I also picked up a few things about my current writing style. The hand-out is nice to have for reference after the workshop, when you start revising your own texts.”

    Mark, July 6, 2010

  • “I really thought the content of the Revision Course was excellent. I learned a lot about how to make a revision plan. I’m appalled that I’ve never encountered this idea before…amazing. The hand-out is always a wonderful added bonus to the worshop. There’s a lot of material not covered over the two afternoons that I can use as inspiration later on. Thanks so much.”

    Kate, July 6, 2010

  • “My expectations were to learn some techniques and ‘rules of thumb’ that I could incorporate into my writing now, so that the revision process would be much more efficient.

    Not only were my expectations exceeded with the quality of advice and the techniques, but I received ENERGY and MOTIVATION to work on my writing.”

    Tim, March 10, 2010

  • “…Insights and well-explained revision processes – a wealth of useful information relayed. I found the handout to be well structured, and it covered all the major revision themes. There was also an exchange of ideas and discussions on these processes – something that helped give the workshop a life of its own.”

    Samir, March 10, 2010

  • “I didn’t know what to do next with my work. I was stuck. I was in a mood of self-criticism and self-doubt. What the hell did I write? This class helped me get out of that mood. Thank you!!!! I was able to move on with my piece.”

    Maria, March 10, 2010

  • “The course captured my attention the entire eight hours. All questions were answered in a considered and thoughtful way. What was missing from the experience? I can’t think of anything. I’ve always found that cookies help me think. ;-)”

    Barbara, March 10, 2010