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Off to a Good Start: Novel Beginnings

January 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$189 Members | $210 Nonmembers
Thursdays, 1/18/18 – 4/26/18* | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
*Class meets every other week for a total of 8 classes

This workshop class will kick off with discussions focused on novel basics and key information about structure and reader expectations for early chapters. Beginners are welcome as are more experienced novelists looking to brush up on the basics. The bulk of the class will involve participants sharing their work as well as reading and commenting on each others’ works in progress. To be successful in this course, participants will want to have written part of a novel already or at least have a fleshed-out concept in mind with plenty of time to write during the course of the class. In addition to our class time, participants may choose to purchase writing coaching packages and/or a partial or full manuscript reviews. This class will meet every other week for eight total sessions.

Optional Class Add-ons (purchased separately, see online payment options)
• 3 one-hour writing coaching session pack – $135
• 6 one-hour writing coaching session pack – $240
• Half-manuscript (up to 60,000 words) review with editorial letter – $325
• Full manuscript review (up to 120,000 words) with editorial letter – $600

About the Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer’s work has appeared in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Apeiron Review, Eclectica Magazine, The Florida Review, and So to Speak. Kristie is currently working on three novels. She earned her MFA at the University of Central Florida.

Instructor Praise:

“Kristie was great. Encouraging, instructive and straightforward.”
“Thorough critiques, very helpful suggestions.”
“Kristie is exceedingly knowledgeable, intelligent and focused. She would often go directly to the heart of a question or issue and summarize her insight precisely. Extremely impressive.”
“Kristie is great at facilitating workshops and explaining craft.”
“Very open, very smart, very sensitive to individual opinions, never harsh with critiques.”
“She’s very funny. She is good at zeroing in on things the rest of us know nothing about.”
“Kristie is always great—fun, informative, supportive, and instructive.”

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January 18, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kristie Smeltzer


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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