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2016 Summer Writing Retreat - "The Confident Revision: A Roadmap for the Editing Process" with Charlotte Gullick

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Sul Ross State University
Alpine, TX 79832

7/18/2016 to 7/22/2016 From 9 am to 4 pm

Retreat Orientation to be held Sunday, July 17, at 6 pm -- Details will be shared with participants in advance of the retreat's start date.


$329 for Members (Please log in for member pricing)
$379 Non-Members

Please read both the credit card handling fee information and the refund policy at the bottom of this page before purchasing a ticket.


"Charlotte is an accessible instructor with the ability to see the potential in the roughest of drafts. She is in the top tier of fine instructors."

-- 2015 Summer Writing Retreat Attendee on Charlotte Gullick's Class

"Charlotte is the 'real deal' -- she cares about writers and the craft of writing."

--2015 Summer Writing Retreat Attendee on Charlotte Gullick's Class


Writers who attend this class will come away with a clear sense of the distinct elements of effective storytelling to focus on for a revision as well as a definitive map for tackling the process and meaningful strategies to get (and stay) unstuck.

When we first set out on the audacious journey of writing an extended piece (whether a novel, memoir, or narrative nonfiction), we begin with either a passionate vision or a smoldering spark of an idea. We draft and draft and lose ourselves in the creative endeavor so that when we go for a walk or take a shower, the ideas, the connections, the associations come to us. This is part of our challenge when it’s time for revision: we are so immersed in our work that we cannot see its weak spots, and we so want it to be good that when we sit down to revise, we are often constricted by our deep connections to the piece.

This class will focus on the two states of mind a writer needs—audacity and humility—to truly revise and gain the objectivity on our precious words to move the work from a draft into a crafted, compelling narrative. We will start by honoring the essential spark that brought you to the page and then hone its power to help you move through the many different stages of revision. After we remember the audacity that set us on the journey, we will humbly work with the different elements of effective storytelling to develop transitional drafts, which is key so we don't fall into the rigidity of perfectionism. If we play, we revise from a position of confidence,
rather than fear. We will learn how to complete multiple pass throughs—focused on a single craft issue—which is a more efficient means of revising.

The morning large group sessions will focus on instruction and afternoon small group work sessions will give students the opportunity to apply the tools and techniques learned to their own manuscripts.

Requirements: You must bring a completed manuscript to class, as well as two hard copies of your first chapter. Participants need to be willing to read their work out loud and to hear their work read out loud to engage in one of the most effective revision tools: hearing your words spoken. The instructor will provide feedback on the first chapter as well revisions to the first chapter and another section from the extended piece. The class will take a hard look at the beginnings and endings of the writing to see if the opening frames the arc of the narrative, and students will explore the power of “what if” to fully deliver on the first, audacious spark that brought us to the page. Plus, in the words of the instructor, "you will have ten tons of fun."

About the Instructor: Charlotte Gullick is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. A first-generation college graduate, she received her AA from Santa Rosa Junior College, a BA in Literature/Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis. She will earn a MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the Institute of American Indian Arts in May 2016.

Charlotte's first novel, By Way of Water, was chosen by Jayne Anne Phillips as the Grand Prize winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program, and a special author's edition was reissued by the Santa Fe Writers Project in November of 2013. Charlotte’s other awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Residency, Faculty of Year from College of the Redwoods as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award.

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(Please read this refund policy closely before registering for the 2016 Summer Writing Retreat; no exceptions will be made):

Through May 1, 2016: 100% refund available.
May 2, 2016 - May 31, 2016: 50% refund available.

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

After May 31, 2016: No refunds will be made, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person as long as advance notice is given to the Writers' League of Texas. If you wish to transfer your registration, please call the WLT at 512-499-8914.