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Evening Advanced Creative Nonfiction
June 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until June 29, 2017
Instructor: Jay Varner
Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members
6 Thursdays, 5/25/17 – 6/29/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
In this advanced workshop, you’ll have a chance to work on either revisions or new material. Along the way, we’ll read select craft essays and examples of successful creative nonfiction. However, the primary focus will be on your writing—not just larger concerns like structure and development, but also more focused issues like sentence structure and word choice. The goal is to leave the course with publishable material. STUDENTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED TWO PREVIOUS NONFICTION CLASSES TO ENROLL.
Jay Varner grew up in Central Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in creative writing from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. He helped found The Susquehanna Review, one of the few national literary journals dedicated solely to undergraduate writing. After college, he worked the police and fire beat for his hometown newspaper. Along the way, he wrote obituaries, covered school board meetings, examined the extended debate over a county skatepark (which included riding a skateboard for the first and last time), and a local man who spent years collecting one million pennies (Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey referenced the story on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update). He received his M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While in graduate school he taught creative writing and literature courses. He also served as nonfiction editor and eventually managing editor of Ecotone: Reimagining Place. He teaches at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the University of Virginia, and at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.