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.