revision circles

Revision Circles

Six Months of Creative Support
and Feedback on Your Writing

Ready to go deeper into your writing? Want a supportive space to carry your prompt writing into a more a complete creative project? Looking for a group of writing companions who will honor your voice and offer honest yet compassionate feedback? Join me and four of your fellow writers for a six-month revision workshop at Voice & Vessel's Grand Rapids studio.

Two revision circles are currently underway and are full.
Interested in joining a future group? Please let me know.

Open to returning Voice & Vessel writers. Revision circles are part of an ongoing journey to shape, revise, and strengthen our writing. Once a month for six months, we'll gather to share drafts of our writing-in-progress, exchange supportive feedback, and practice revision as part of the creative process.

Like all Voice & Vessel workshops, this will be a generative, supportive experience designed to bring out each writer's unique voice and story.

How do revision circles work?

  • Because revision circles involve deeper creative work and a special level of trust between the writers, I limit each group to just six participants (including myself). The same group meets for six months, for two hours each month.

  • Each month, every writer shares a piece of draft writing two weeks before we plan to meet. Before we come together, we read each other's writing, so that when we meet, we can respond specifically and generously to what's working in the piece, what could be strengthened, and so on.

  • Each writer usually gets about 15 minutes of time during the workshop devoted to their piece. They also get the printed copies (with supportive, handwritten notes from their fellow writers) to take home. The writing always goes home with the writer, and each session is confidential.

  • Between sessions, I share support and resources based on the needs and interests of the group. These might be recommendations of writers folks might enjoy, articles on a specific aspect of craft, and so on.

Who can participate?

Revision circles are open to returning writers at Voice & Vessel. This is for a few reasons:

  • It helps us meet as peers and equals, as we've shared part of the creative journey already and have a common foundation. Devoting six months of creative energy to a writing group is no small thing... it's important to me that you feel supported, safe to take risks on the page, and "in it" together.

  • It gives writers more confidence as we go deeper into the creative journey. Thanks to your earlier workshops, you'll have raw material and rough drafts to work with, as well as tools and practices to call on as the writing finds its way.

  • It's important that you feel the Amherst Writers & Artists Method is a good fit for you. Just like the four-week workshops, revision circles are rooted in the AWA Method. While we offer honest feedback to each other in the revision circles, it is balanced and focused on the possibilities that wait in every piece of writing. Reading and responding to each other's writing is a privilege, and so we honor that by responding with generosity and compassion.

What kind of writing is supported?

All forms and styles of writing are supported, and all voices are welcomed. The diversity of the writing is one of the best parts of the revision circle! We often learn more about our own voice and style by witnessing how a fellow writer makes creative choices in their writing.  

Some writers use the revision circle as a space to dive deep into a single creative project and work on completing it. For example, you might draft, revise, and polish a short story through the revision circle. Other writers may have an idea that's tugging on them but that hasn't found its form yet. They might use the revision circle to play with poetry or try an essay. Each month is an invitation to share something new, and I'm available to help as you decide where to focus.

Can I still be a part of other workshops if I'm in a revision circle?

Absolutely! Some writers like to mix the two, so that they are generating new writing while revising or completing other pieces. Often, I'll write with the prompts in a four-week workshop to help fill in gaps, add characters, or otherwise expand pieces that I'm revising elsewhere.