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Crafting Your Best Short Story

March 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, repeating until May 16, 2016

Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Mondays, March 28 -May 16, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM


Great stories often bubble up from real life—conversations we overhear and scenes we witness—but it’s up to the writer’s imagination to invent the circumstances and characters that give rise to a satisfying short story. What makes a first paragraph memorable? How do characters come to life on the page? When might dialogue serve a story better than narrative summary? We’ll begin new stories and see them through revision as we edit our work. Even if you’ve never written fiction, you’re welcome in the class. If you’re a veteran writer in need of fresh material, here’s a chance to write something new. Remember that a bad draft is better than a good idea. Please come to the first class prepared to share snippets of overheard dialogue.

BettyJoyce Nash has published journalism and short fiction and taught fiction writing at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond. As part of her research for her story, “Laser Vision,” she qualified for a concealed carry permit in 2011. She earned a master’s from Medill Journalism School, with distinction, in 1988 and an MFA in fiction from Queens University in 2011.

Meet the Instructor: Betty Joyce Nash

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