A white man in his early 50s with short gray-brown hair and a well trimmed beard.




Brendan Mathews is the author of This Is Not a Love Song and The World of Tomorrow, both published by Little, Brown and Co. This Is Not a Love Song—which includes two stories that appeared in Best American Short Stories—was a Massachusetts Book Awards "Must Read" and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. The World of Tomorrow was named an Honor Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and selected as an Indie Next Great Read and an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Book Review. A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, he has also been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. He teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

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SESSION: Re-Envision Your Revision

Revision is the most essential—and for many, the most difficult—aspect of the writing process. Ideally, revision should open up new directions that allow you to re-envision your entire project, but after investing so much energy in the first draft, it can be hard to see new possibilities.

Through a lively lecture (including diagrams and demos of famous songs), we will explore a variety of revision strategies meant to help you see the possibilities ready to burst from your latest draft. Whether you approach your manuscript spatially, visually, musically, or one word at a time, you'll find new ways to energize your writing.