Posted January 2017

Conversation with a Draft: Toward a Personalized Theory and Practice of Revision


What if we were to approach the revision of a poem as a conversation with a draft? After examining several metaphors for the process of revision, we’ll explore some fruitful directions and particulars for such a dialogue. The material for the session will be informed by the ideas of such poets as W. B. Yeats, Jane Hirshfield, and William Stafford. Writing exercises will be incorporated; participants should bring drafts of two or three poems for the exercises.

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Conversation with a Draft: Revision

What if we were to approach the revision of a poem as a conversation with a draft? After examining several metaphors for the process of revision, we’ll explore some fruitful directions and particulars for such a dialogue. The material for the session will be informed by the ideas of such poets as W. B. Yeats, Jane Hirshfield, and William Stafford. Writing exercises will be incorporated; participants should bring drafts of two or three poems for the exercises.

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About Catherine Abbey Hodges

Catherine Abbey Hodges is the author of Instead of Sadness, winner of the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize (Gunpowder Press, 2015), and the chapbook All the While, finalist in the New Women’s Voices competition (Finishing Line Press, 2006). Her poems have appeared in many journals and been featured on Verse Daily and The Writer’s Almanac. An alumna of Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project and co-coordinator of California Poets in the Schools for Tulare County, Catherine teaches English at Porterville College, where her students keep her awake and astonished.