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Gordon Lish: Severance, Consecution, Recursion, and Other Chimerical Noetics


Saturday, July 14 | Master Class A Public Space, 323 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This Master Class is sold out, and the waitlist has been filled. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Megan Cummins at

Legendary editor Gordon Lish joins A Public Space Academy this summer for a three-hour Master Class on the art of revision.

An editor at Esquire from 1969–1977, then an editor at Knopf until 1995, Lish is known for editing the work of Barry Hannah, Bette Howland, and Raymond Carver, among others. This master class is designed for writers at various stages in their careers who are looking to refine their sentences and shape their pieces to find, as Lish said to Barry Hannah, "your good stuff."

You approach the sublime through editing?
By revising, let's say, yes. Or so I prefer to claim.

To register, please visit the Academy section in our online store. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, please write managing editor Megan Cummins at

Cancellation Policy: For cancellations within 4 days in advance of the class, we can offer a credit for a future class.

Course Schedule
Saturday, July 14
2 PM–5 PM
One session

Gordon Lish

is a writer and editor. As an editor at Esquire and Knopf, he championed the work of some of the most accomplished writers of modern fiction. The author of, most recently, White Plains (Little Island), Lish lives in New York City.

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