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Advanced Creative Nonfiction

January 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann
Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members
8 Wednesdays, January 11 – March 1, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The goal of this Advanced Creative Nonfiction workshop is to push you to a new level of professionalism and take you from first draft to a submission-ready final draft. The workshop will be about quality, not quantity, as we adopt a more tough-minded, detailed approach. Since everyone is expected to have a certain level of experience, we will focus less on fundamentals and more on fine-tuning—from sentence level to overall structure. But perhaps the most crucial element of this workshop will be the emphasis on confronting some poignant, central issue in your life. The point of this course is not simply to be proficient but to produce something genuine and important. Permission is required.

To enroll in the workshop, students should submit a sample of their writing, between two and ten pages, to the instructor. Email sample to programs@writerhouse.org. Students accepted into this class will be given registration instructions.

Jay Kauffmann’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies here and abroad. Winner of the Andrew Grossbardt Memorial Prize and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices, he has taught at Randolph College, Vermont College, University of Virginia, and Miller School.

What Students Are Saying About Jay

“He is the epitome of an excellent, empathetic, smart, and educated teacher.”

“Jay knows his craft well and led the class with an appropriate laid back style. He’s an outstanding teacher.”

“Jay was great, he brought out the best in all our pieces.”

“Sensitive to the emotions of the writer while offering honest, warm, and cool feedback about what worked or didn’t.”



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January 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Jay Kauffmann


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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