INTERVIEW WITH BETTYJOYCE NASH
When did you first feel like a writer?
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
Writing, like all art, relies partly on craft techniques that can be taught. Good self-editing, for example, is essential to good writing. Writing always can be made better. To write, as to draw, means seeing what’s there instead of what we expect or want.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
BettyJoyce Nash writes fiction and journalism. Her novel, Everybody Here is Kin, debuted September 2023. Her story, “The Forever Project,” appears in Reckon Review; other essays and stories have aired on NPR, appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, North Dakota Quarterly, Broad River Review, Across the Margin, and elsewhere. She writes editorials for Carolina Commentary.
A MacDowell fellow in 2013, BettyJoyce won the Fitzgerald prize in 2015. She earned an MSJ from Medill Journalism (Northwestern), and an MFA in fiction, from Queens University of Charlotte. Her fiction has been recognized with fellowships from Ragdale, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and VCCA-France. She teaches fiction at WriterHouse in Charlottesville; she’s also taught writing at the University of Richmond and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
WHAT WRITERHOUSE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT BETTYJOYCE
“She’s bright and kind, and she provides great suggestions and thoughtful edits of writers’ work.”
“What I found was the most helpful workshopping I’ve ever encountered; actual suggestions, with examples to demonstrate how to do revising.”
“Very dedicated, accessible and knowledgeable instructor. BettyJoyce gave us a lot of useful tools. Content was useful for reading a variety of fiction and playing with many different prompts.”
“Great-approachable, widely read, useful feedback, very quick to answer emails and sent a lot of content between classes as well.”
“She had lots of examples, references, tips. Nice balance of reading and writing.”
“She’s wonderful! Knowledgeable and supportive. No recommendations for improving—she’s ideal!”
“Betty Joyce is wonderful and encouraging and has a deep repertoire of quality writing prompts.”