Saturday, May 6, 2:00-3:00

In this whirlwind talk, I will take you quickly (!) through nineteen versions of a ten-line poem, “The New Americans,” explaining how I came to write such a godawful first draft and how I revised the poem to save it from my own best intentions. While specific to poetry, this revision process is also useful for fiction writers and screenwriters, especially at those points where you need to unstick a stuck story, and again during final revisions. I’ll also talk about where and how to apply pressure on the language and form in revision and how to use my infamous revision cheat sheet.