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Advanced Short Story

March 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 10, 2017

Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash
Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members
8 Wednesdays, 3/22/17 – 5/10/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Thinking of ditching those old drafts, but itching to write new ones? Maybe those old drafts aren’t ready for the trash, yet there’s work ahead to get them submission-ready. Maybe the ending’s not “there,” the character’s not developed, the backstory overwhelms the front story. Maybe the story really starts on page two?

Maybe these stories could be resuscitated, if you’re a committed and experienced reader willing to give and take structured feedback. This advanced short story class can bring life to manuscripts in danger of expiring. The instructor and your colleagues will identify not only strengths and weaknesses, but also potential “sweet spots,” vital to a story’s success. These discussions will also benefit the new stories you write in this class.

We’ll read manuscripts submissions of up to 15 pages in advance and prepare comments ahead of class. Students will also receive detailed comments from the instructor. Every week, we’ll also study a story by an acclaimed author to learn more about what makes a short story successful.

To enroll in the class, students must submit a writing sample of at least 750 words to the instructor. Email sample to programs@writerhouse.org. Registration instructions will be sent to students accepted in this class.

BettyJoyce Nash is a journalist and fiction writer with an MS in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill Journalism School (1988) and an MFA in fiction from Queens University (2011). Her journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines in North Carolina and Virginia; her fiction has been published in North Dakota Quarterly, Broad River Review, and C-Ville Weekly. In 2015, she won the F. Scott Fitzgerald contest. Her fiction has been recognized with fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among other artists’ colonies.


March 22, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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BettyJoyce Nash


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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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