Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash
$99 Members | $110 Nonmembers
Sunday, 3/4/18 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sometimes scenes we witness in restaurants, or on streets, buses, planes, and trains inspire us to think, “What a character! There’s a story—but what is it?” That’s up to you, fiction writer.
But there’s no fiction without a character. Invite your imaginary protagonist to this daylong writing party—you don’t need to know them well. Bring a picture—from a magazine, newspaper, or (heh-heh) your own photo album. We’ll place them in significant, detailed settings, under circumstances that force discussion—or communication of some sort or not—and build prose pieces. By four o’clock, we may or may not reach “resolution” or “change” but we should have (crude) drafts that interest, enlarge, and possibly alter the way readers understand the world.
So what if you’ve never written fiction? You’re welcome in this course. If you’re experienced but need inspiration and a fresh start, here’s your chance. We’ll study character, setting, tension, conflict (internal and external, explosive and quiet), and closely read stories that show us the subtleties that underpin “simple” stories.
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.