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Chopped: The Writing Class (Online course)

January 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 4, 2021

Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler
$115 Members | $128 Nonmembers
Thursdays, 1/14/21 – 3/4/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Inspired by the TV cooking game show Chopped, this generative writing class will present students with a new “basket” of four “ingredients” each week. “Ingredients” might include objects, people, moods, genres, etc. During our writing time, each writer will not only include all four items, but must “transform” them so that they work together organically. Students may write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Writers will share what they’ve written with the group, and feedback will focus on the incorporation and transformation of those “ingredients.”

For the final class, students will present a revision of one of the exercises, and again feedback will zero in on how well the original “basket ingredients” were synthesized into the piece. Unlike the TV show, no one will be eliminated from the class! The hope is that facing these new challenges each week will invigorate our writing and open us to new creative directions, and that this approach to feedback will also open new ways for us to evaluate our work.

Jody Hobbs Hesler’s
 fiction, feature articles, essays, and book reviews appear or are forthcoming in Arts & Letters, North American Review’s Open Space online, CRAFT, Grist, Pithead Chapel, Gargoyle, Raleigh Review, Streetlight Magazine, The Georgia Review, [PANK], Valparaiso Fiction Review, Prime Number, A Short Ride: Remembering Barry Hannah, Charlottesville Wine & Country Life, and other publications. She holds an MFA in fiction from Lesley University. Learn more about her writing at jodyhobbshesler.com.

Registration is closed for this ongoing class. 


January 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Jody Hobbs Hesler


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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