Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice

“I want you to write with spirit and power, to write as though your life is on fire — which it is — and to write to a world thirsty for truth.” From the Introduction by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

In 2021, I (Sue) started leading a workshop based on Peter Levitt’s Fingerpainting on the Moon, using the model of being inspired by the text, and going deep with a group of participants, working through and sharing the results of the exercises together. OMG I love this model. In Spring of this year, I followed up with Mark Nepo’s Drinking from the River of Light, another marvelous text that took us deep into the endless well of creativity drawn from our lives and our identities.

Following in the footsteps of those two courses, this fall I will be leading a workshop using Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice as the text/jumping off place for exploration and experiment. Where the first two workshops are all about learning to trust and celebrate our creativity, this one is about turning to revision for insight, inquiry and growth.

Here is the description of the material we’ll be exploring:

“Revision is the spiritual practice of transformation–of seeing text, and therefore the world, with new eyes. Done well, revision returns us to our original love.” Andrew

In Living Revision, award-winning author and teacher Elizabeth J. Andrew guides writers through the writing and revision process. With insight and grace, Andrew asks writers to flex their spiritual muscles, helping them to transform their writing as they in turn transform themselves into more curious and reflective human beings. This is the first writing text to champion personal transformation throughout the development of a writing project and not just at its inception. It helps writers thrive on the long road to completion and manifest the full potential of their projects.

Using reflections, exercises, quotations, examples from masters and amateurs, and easily adapted practices, Living Revision guides writers of all levels to fundamentally shift the way they see their stories and the world. Living Revision teaches a lively relationship to craft and an inquisitive, invested relationship to content—qualities critical to the creation of effective writing. Revision is essentially a spiritual practice; Living Revision is its handbook.

You’re invited along for the journey, especially if you participated in the first workshops. (But not a requirement. I am suggesting, however, that you only join this workshop if you are already well-grounded in the first draft production of writing, and are now curious about how Andrew’s suggestions for the revision process can deepen your work and your life.)

Brenda Miller (author of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World) has this to say about the book in her Foreword to it:

“As I read Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew’s Living Revision, I found myself breathing a sigh of relief. Here, finally, someone has articulated both the struggles and the joy of revision, in a way that makes me eager to dive back into the projects that have stymied me. In addition to using examples and wise advice from other writers, Andrew gives us practical exercises that enable us to truly invigorate our work and revive its elusive heartbeat.”

Come and join us for a deep dive into those practical exercises!

Autumn 2022
Every Thursday afternoon 10 sessions, Starting September 20
Part 1 – 5 sessions September 22 to Oct. 20, Part 2 – 5 sessions, November 17 to Dec 15
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Place: Online – Zoom
Cost: $250.00 CDN plus HST (13%)