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Chopped (online class) – This series is ongoing, registration closed.

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Portrait of Jodi Hobbs Hesler by Sarah Cramer Shields

Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler
$160 Members | $175 Nonmembers
Tuesdays, 2/7/23 – 3/28/23 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

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” will be drawn from these categories: situations, objects or places, restrictions (on form or style), and people or moods. During our writing time, each writer will not only include all four items, but must “transform” them so that they work together organically. Writers will share from what they’ve written with the group, and feedback will focus on how each writer has transformed the week’s “ingredients.” For the final class, students will present a revision of one of the exercises. 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 debut story collection, What Makes You Think You’re Supposed to Feel Better, is forthcoming from Cornerstone Press, November 2023, and her debut novel, Without You Here, is forthcoming from Flexible Press, November 2024. Her other writing includes short fiction, feature articles, essays, and book reviews, which can be found in a range of journals including The Millions, Atticus ReviewArts & LettersCRAFTPithead ChapelGargoyleRaleigh ReviewThe Georgia Review[PANK]Valparaiso Fiction Review, Virginia Wine & Country Life, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in fiction from Lesley University. Learn more about her writing at jodyhobbshesler.com.

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March 14
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Jody Hobbs Hesler