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Evening Fiction: Short Stories — Memorable Openings

January 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 11, 2020

Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash
$189 Members | $210 Nonmembers
Wednesdays, 1/22/20 – 3/11/20 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
NOTE: This class will start and end one week later than other eight-week classes.

Our first short story paragraphs can make or break a story’s journey. Litmags receive hundreds of submissions, and if page one can’t compel readers, the story is instant slush. Notice Flannery O’Connor’s first line in “A Good Man is Hard to Find:” The grandmother did not want to go to Florida. (Voice, conflict, character.) Or, Aimee Bender’s “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt:” When I came home from school for lunch, my father was wearing a backpack made of stone.  Take that off, I told him, that’s far too heavy for you. So he gave it to me. (Mystery, character, conflict.) In this class, we’ll study such masterful opening paragraphs, revise our own troublesome first pages, and generate new work.

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. As part of her research for her story, “Laser Vision,” she qualified for a concealed carry permit in 2011. 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. 

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January 22, 2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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BettyJoyce Nash


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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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