The Craft of Writing & Rewriting

Hemingway: “The only good writing is rewriting.”

Harry Shaw, in Errors in English and Ways to Correct Them, says, “There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting.”

My favorite book on the craft of writing is Donald M. Murray‘s The Craft of Revision. The assumption made in the title is that it is not about the craft of writing but about revision.

In this four-hour, writing intensive workshop, you will practice these writing and revision skills to enhance your storytelling and make composing a narrative more enjoyable for you. You will write a two-to-five-page scene before class, then use it applying each of these techniques. You will see a before-and-after difference in your story.

  1. Recognize the five kinds of storytelling
  2. Use illuminating nouns      
  3. Utilize vigorous verbs
  4. Make significant and precise word choices
  5. Deploy active rather than passive voice 
  6. Identify nominalizations and rewrite to revitalize a passage
  7. Generate effective and varied sentence structures
  8. Replace abstract words with description, scenery, and dialogue.
  9. Write with all five (or six) senses
  10. Revise, revise, revise to find your own voice