Revision

You should now be in the revision phase of your overall work. Revision literally means to “see again,” to look at something from a fresh, critical perspective. It is an ongoing process of rethinking what you have written: reconsidering your arguments, reviewing your evidence, refining your purpose, reorganizing your presentation, reviving stale prose. For me, this phase of writing brings the greatest joy and clarity. It is really where the thinking work is dialed up. Studies have shown again and again that the best way to learn to write is to rewrite. In the revision process, you improve your reading skills and your analytical skills. You learn to challenge your own ideas, thus deepening and strengthening your argument. You learn to find the weaknesses in your writing.

A congratulations to Kevin for an inspiring presentation and a special reading of the opening part of his work entitled “Distance”. With this reading, we were able to catch a glimpse of his “everyman” story – a pandemic fiction that is shaping up, as it sheds some ‘truth” light on these troubled times we have all struggled in together. One “regular guy” (Kirk) is caught up in forces beyond his own control, and we can see a bigger (and perhaps a more existential) picture in his plight, as he strives to keep and find connection in a world that has foreclosed on trust and emotional intimacy.

As always, I am looking forward to presentations from Lexie and Dylan, who will work share their work this week. You are all on the homestretch. We have a few more presentations in order, and a bit of time to do some peer-reading in the last couple of weeks together. Keep your eye on the date of May 4th!

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