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Where the Magic Happens: Revision and the Creative Process with CMarie Fuhrman and others

  • Residence Inn by Marriott 125 North Pattee Street Missoula, MT, 59802 United States (map)


Where the Magic Happens: Revision and the Creative Process with CMarie Fuhrman, Bryan Fry and Joe Wilkins

This workshop will take a close look at the revision process. Participants should expect to leave with a packet of revision techniques and a poem or short piece of prose narrative that has gone through a close revision. Instructors will talk about the importance of revision and the process and show examples of revised poems and prose from well-known authors and their own work. We will also discuss the different creative geniuses used to write the first draft and to make revisions.

Students should bring:

1. A scene, poem, flash piece of no more than 500 words printed and doubled spaced.

2. Highlighters

3. Laptop, notebook, or paper for rewrites

All levels of writing welcome!


CMarie Fuhrman’s poetry has appeared in The Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, High Desert Journal, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art and Broadsided Press’ NoDapl Compilation, as well as many other journals and anthologies. Her nonfiction can be found in High Desert Journal and Sustainable Play, as well as two anthologies. CMarie is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship and winner of the Burns Award for poetry. She is a 2019 graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA program where she remains as the Project Coordinator for Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program. CMarie has lived most of her life in the Rocky Mountain West and resides now in West Central Idaho and is of Southern Ute and Italian heritage.

Bryan Fry is an English instructor at Washington State University. He instructs courses in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Editing and Publishing. He received his BA in literature from Walla Walla College and his MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho. Bryan is a poet and essayist, as well as an editor of Blood Orange Review, an online Literary Journal. Blood Orange Review is published quarterly and features fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art.

Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, speaks to the community, struggle, violence, and care Joe knew growing up in the rural West, and his memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, captures the lives of boys and men in that desolate country, a place that shapes the people who live there and rarely lets them go.