Revision Boot Camp

Build Your Writer’s Toolbox

Revision Boot Camp

$190 if registered by 7/16/2018
$225 if registered after 7/16/2018

Writing classes often emphasize the significance of revision to the writing process, but what does that actually mean?

In this intensive workshop, you’ll study examples of revised essays from published writers and participate in weekly discussions of the revision process, with the goal of better understanding how revision happens and how to keep your work moving forward.Between sessions, you’ll implement changes to an already-drafted essay using the many revision prompts we’ll explore together.

During this 4-week workshop you will:

  • ACQUIRE concrete, hands-on revision strategies;
  • IMPLOY new skills;
  • SHARE your work with your instructor and peers for feedback; and significantly
  • DEVELOP a work in progress.

Writers of all skill levels are welcome to attend this workshop.

Read on for week-by-week descriptions.

Tuesdays, Dates coming soon! 
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Advance registration strongly recommended.
The workshop is limited to 12 students.


Week 1: Practicing Re-Vision
To revise literally means to re-see our work. When you’ve grown emotionally attached to a piece, how do you step back far enough to see it anew? Using examples from published authors, you will examine how revision happens across multiple drafts and explore several strategies to globally assess your work in progress. We’ll learn some advice and best practices for revision, and how to document our process using revision notes. We’ll also get to know each other and the projects we’re currently working on, and will establish revision partners who will help us track our progress over the course of this class..

Week 2: Circuit Training
This week, you’ll meet with your revision partners to share how you implemented the macro exercises from the previous week’s class and to receive feedback on your revision notes. Then, you’ll practice even more exercises for revision using a “circuit training” approach, moving rapidly from station to station, trying a different prompt for a limited amount of time. You’ll leave with lots of ideas and beginnings to put into practice on your draft before the next session.

Week 3: Think Global, Act Local
This week, you’ll move from macro to the micro, turning your attention from the big picture of our drafts to sentence-level craft issues. You'll study the kinds of changes a few well-known authors made to their sentences, and will learn several exercises for small-scale revisions. Finally, you’ll workshop a single page of your essay-in-progress to receive more localized feedback from the group..

Week 4: Long Time
The session this week will give you the chance to workshop both your essays-in-progress and your revision process itself. You will share an excerpt of your project, and a copy of your revision notes thus far. Rather than simply providing feedback on the writing itself, we’ll discuss where you have spent your time and ask where you may venture next. We will seek ideas for exercises to help each other make additional changes to drafts. We’ll wrap up by asking “what’s next” for your revised work. If writing is a process and all work can be revised, how do you know when you’re actually done with a piece?


Location // 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

The lower level of our workshop and gallery space is wheelchair accessible. Free on-street parking is available.
Coffee, tea, water and light refreshments will be provided each week.

Marissa Landriganis the author of The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat (Greystone Books, 2017), and her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Creative Nonfiction, Orion, Guernica, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, and others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, where she teaches creative, professional, and digital writing courses.

Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email our director of education, Sharla Yates at