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Staying the Course (Class will meet online)

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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One event on October 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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One event on December 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on April 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on May 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on June 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on July 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on March 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on April 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on May 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on June 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Instructor: Jody Hesler
$260 Members | $289 Nonmembers
Meets monthly on Saturday for eleven months: 9/28/19, 10/26/19, 11/23/19, 12/14/19, 1/25/20, 2/29/20 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, class switched to 90-minute online meetings, now twice monthly. New dates: 3/28/20, 4/11/20, 4/25/20, 5/9/20, 5/23/20, 6/13/20, 6/27/20 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
July meeting(s) to be determined. Currently 1 meeting,  7/25/20.

This is a course for committed writers who want some structure and accountability for reaching their writing goals. Reaching these goals is often more easily said than done. We often lose our way when we have no sounding board, no one to check in with to see if our characters are believable or if our plot lines are compelling or logical. We can get sucked into research rabbit holes or into endless rounds of second-guessing.

This year-long once-a-month class features instruction, encouragement, community, accountability, and an audience for ongoing work. Each writer will set their own goals, and the class will provide a peer-supported accountability structure to help everyone meet them. Workshopping in this class will happen “live,” with each writer sharing from a work-in-progress and receiving fresh, constructive responses to it. This workshop style allows writers to participate in other courses at the same time without increasing their “homework” load.

This is a follow-on to this summer’s “Plan Your Writing Year” course, but newcomers are welcome too. Instructor will arrange a meeting with each student prior to the start of class to discuss individual needs.

Jody Hobbs Hesler’s fiction, feature articles, essays, and book reviews appear or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Raleigh Review, Streetlight Magazine, The Georgia Review, [PANK], South 85, Steel Toe Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Prime Number, Pearl, A Short Ride: Remembering Barry Hannah (VOX Press), Charlottesville Family Magazine, Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, several prize and themed anthologies, and other places. She holds an MFA in fiction from Lesley University. Learn more about her writing at jodyhobbshesler.com.



February 29
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Jody Hesler


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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