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The Writer’s Lens
May 20, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Sunday, May 20 2018 | 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Our best fiction writers are famous for crafting breathtaking stories from everyday experiences, stories that stop us dead in our tracks with wonder. Why does that character jump off the page? Why does that setting grab us by the throat? How did the author engineer the “turn” that surprises, delights, or shocks us? In this class, we’ll closely read a masterful story to deepen our grasp of these “sweet” spots. This way, we’ll polish our writerly lenses as we review and discuss how to transform our everyday scenes into stories. In this dynamic workshop, we’ll explore how everyday scenes can become your subject. Students are encouraged to bring ideas to discuss. This class is ideal for writers who have stories underway or ideas for stories that remain unrealized. We’ll also discuss the role of revision, without which good writing does not exist.
Note: Bring your own lenses, we’ll polish in class.
About the Instructor: 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.