Crash Course: Writing With Scissors: A Workshop in the Art of Radical Revision

Instructor: Jessica Handler

Revision is a process. Some writers love it, others dread it, but every working writer knows they have to do it. With the right tools (yes, a pair of scissors) and a flair for risk (just a little) a writer can make the revision process new and rewarding. This workshop focuses on revising your story to explore meaning and content, and does not address copyediting for spelling and grammar.

This three-hour workshop will involve joyous hands-on destruction and recreation of your own written work, as well as generative writing prompts and discussion. Five to ten single-sided printed manuscript pages are required.

Workshop participants will:

a) gain insight into their story’s strengths

b)  identity transformative opportunities

c) explore structure’s relationship to narrative tension

d) develop confidence in story revision


Open to fiction and nonfiction prose writers of all levels.

Class Limit is 20.

Decatur Co-Works. 708 Church Street, just one block from Decatur Square and convenient to MARTA.


$ 85.00

Biography: Jessica Handler is the author of Invisible Sisters: A Memoir and Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss. Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, The Bitter Southerner, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine. A founding member of the board of the Decatur Writers Studio in Decatur, Georgia, she teaches creative writing and coordinates the Minor in Writing at Oglethorpe University, and lectures internationally on writing well about trauma. Her debut novel, “The Magnetic Girl,” is forthcoming from Hub City Press in 2019.

Contact Information:

Date(s): Saturday, November 10th

Class time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Type of Class: Crash Course

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