The Story Beneath the Story: A Weekly Prose Revision Workshop, with Arya Samuelson

Everything you’ve ever written has a deeper story inside it – a story beneath the story. But how do we uncover that deeper layer? This will be the inquiry of our workshop together: unearthing the deeper layers to guide your story towards its fullest, most potent expression. This class is a revision intensive for writers working on prose projects that feel stuck or are simply ready for feedback and reworking. Throughout our journey, you will have a chance to workshop up to 15 pages twice, and will receive substantial feedback (written and oral) from Arya and other group members that will help you breathe new life into your work. You can expect to emerge with a multitude of new ideas, renewed excitement about the creative process, and revision practices that will help you become your own best editor.

Each 2.5 hour class will include workshopping of two participants’ pieces, plus a revision craft lesson. You will read 2 packets of work each week and share brief written feedback, in addition to showing up ready to discuss the material in class. This is not a generative writing class, though you will learn concrete revision tools and practices that will support you in generating a stronger version of your original material.

A few things to note: This workshop is ideal for short form pieces (essays, short stories, etc.), but writers are also welcome to submit excerpts or chapters from a longer work along with a short synopsis of the project. Arya strongly recommends workshopping the same piece twice (the original, followed by the revision) so that you can take fullest advantage of the workshop setting and receive feedback on the new version.

Tuesdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m., nine-week session starts September 26th ($425)

Arya Samuelson is the winner of the CutBank’s 2019 Montana Prize in Non-Fiction, awarded by Cheryl Strayed. Her work has also been published or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Columbia Journal, New Delta ReviewEntropyThe Millions, The Manifest-Station, and elsewhere. She is a proud graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program from Mills College and has been studying at Lidia Yuknavitch’s school of Corporeal Writing since 2017. She teaches with LitReactor, Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop, and through her own teaching series, Writing as Ritual. Arya writes across all genres and is currently working on a novel. Her website is

Arya Samuelson