Mitchell S. Jackson|Safiya Sinclair: The Art of Revision at 1440 Multiversity

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The Art of Revision

August 9 - 11, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

The stories we long to tell require us to hone our ability to revise, adapt, and improve our text. But these same tools for the page extend to our very lives, our ideal creation: the self. In this honest, dynamic, and in-depth workshop, join celebrated authors Mitchell S. Jackson and Safiya Sinclair to explore the process of revision as we aim to discover your best draft—and your best self.

During creative weekend, you will:

  • Become more purposeful in how to read for literary instruction
  • Examine the differences between revising and editing
  • Master key principles for revising both prose and poetry
  • Acquire skills and techniques of revision that extend across any genre
  • Gain an understanding of what principles of revision apply to daily life.

Revision teaches us everything about the choices we make in day-to-day life, and our daily living teaches us everything about how we revise. Uncover your deeper tendencies, blind spots, patterns, and hopes as we read from each other’s work and share what we find most instructional within it.

Susan Sontag once said, “I don’t write easily or rapidly. My first draft usually has only a few elements worth keeping. I have to find what those are and build from them and throw out what doesn’t work, or what simply is not alive.”

Become expertly proficient in locating the beating heart of your work, what is most vitally alive, and where it is rooted in your own body.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Mitchell S. Jackson

    Award-winning author and speaker

    Mitchell S. Jackson is a celebrated author and the winner of a Whiting Award. His honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), and the Center for Fiction.

    His debut novel The Residue Years received wide critical praise, winning the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His most recent book is the nonfiction Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family.

    Jackson’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, the Paris Review, the Guardian, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is a clinical associate professor of writing in liberal studies at New York University.

    A well-regarded speaker, Jackson has delivered lectures and keynote addresses at events including the annual TED Conference, the Ubud (Bali) Writers & Readers Festival, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, as well as institutions including Yale University, Brown University, Cornell University, and Columbia University. As a formerly incarcerated person, Jackson is also a social and criminal justice advocate who, as part of his wide efforts, visits prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad.

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    Safiya Sinclair

    Prize-winning poet and author

    Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and was selected as one of the American Library Association 2017 Notable Books. It was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

    Sinclair’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

    Her poems have appeared in the New YorkerGranta, the Nation, PoetryKenyon Review, Oxford American, and elsewhere. Her memoir, How to Say Babylon, is forthcoming.

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  • Why Attend
    • Deepen your understanding of the work you want to publish and the publishing world itself to make a plan for moving your creative vision forward into the public sphere. <br />

    • Build and strengthen your sense of yourself as a writer while coming to know your own work in an entirely new way.

    • Gain new practical skills and techniques to increase your creative awareness and maximize your choices in your artistic projects, at home and in relationships.

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    None required.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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