Summer Writing Class

My work on a memoir about my time in El Salvador continues.  I’m a third of the way through a second draft.  The writing is better and clearer, but the word count is not going down as quickly as I’d hoped. 

On the 19th, I’m starting a four-week online class called Memoir in Progress: Revision.  It’s for people who have a partial or complete draft manuscript.  The goal is to provide the writers with feedback to aid them in developing their work.  It’s offered through Grub Street, a Boston-based creative writing center. 

A writer whom I met through a friend suggested Grub Street.  I was fortunate this was offered during the summer.  My teaching schedule makes it difficult to do anything at night during the school year.

At first, I resisted the idea of a summer class.  I didn’t want to give up any of my time after strictly following COVID precautions for a year.  I want to take advantage of every opportunity I can to get out and do things.

But this is another opportunity, though of a different type.  I hope it will lead me in a good direction with this project.

19 thoughts on “Summer Writing Class

  1. seankfletcher

    I think you are very much heading in the right direction with your writings, Chris. I take my hat off to you in terms of how committed you are to make sure you cross the finishing line.

  2. Yernasia Quorelios

    💜 Switch Focus SupaSoulBro, Allow The Stream of Consciousness; let The Editor and Publisher Take Care of The “word count” which is what Tolkien Did


      1. Yernasia Quorelios

        💜 Just continue Writing My Friend; the rest will take care of itself, ask any ‘Established Writer’ like Stephen King or J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis


  3. Ashley

    That sounds like a good course of action: 4 weeks online will pass very quickly! Good luck and ENJOY it 😊🙋‍♂️ Early morning or evening walks will help to refresh the little grey cells! 🚶‍♂️ 😉

  4. Liz Gauffreau

    I know just what you mean by not wanting to miss a moment to enjoy our all-too-brief New England summer, but I’m glad to hear you’re taking a memoir-writing course. It should help you shave off some trial-and-error time on your memoir. Please let us know how it goes!

  5. Ann Coleman

    I think that sounds like a good idea! I’ve always learned something worthwhile from any writing and editing class I’ve taken. Our writing is our own, unique voice, but a little help in learning how to sharpen it is always a good thing. At least that’s been my experience.

  6. sloppy buddhist

    Like fine wine it will be wonderful Chris … I have no doubt … have you read ‘bird by bird’ by Anne Lamont it’s a good one to check out I’m sure you know of her ☺️🤓🕊💫smiles hedy

  7. Prior...

    Best wishes on the memorial and hopefully the course will be a big help. I have heard that writers get many extra takeaways from courses and I hope that is the case for you 🙂


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