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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Dr. Write — Writing Classes (UPDATED)

Geoff Fuller is accepting students for three different writing classes which will be starting soon–one in Charleston and two in Teays Valley.

THE BUSINESS OF WRITING will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 9 am to 4 pm. (Long break for lunch and informal discussion) This class explores the ins and outs of the publishing industry, teaches how to communicate with publishers, agents and editors, and how to give the industry what it wants. Find the best strategies for building your writing career and implementing your particular project. The classes will be held at the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, just off the Teays Valley exit of I-64. Cost: $60

SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITING will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 9 am to 4 pm with a long break for lunch and informal discussion. In this class, students will learn to hone and strengthen their prose by applying the editorial strategies most appropriate to the needs of the manuscript. Primarily for fiction, but many of the strategies and skills are also useful for creative nonfiction and personal essay. Learn to spot the best ways to improve your writing. Classes will be held at the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, just off the Teays Valley exit of I-64. Cost: $60

SHORT-SHORT FICTION & THE BASICS OF STORY will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm on April 25 and May 2, 9, and 16. Students will learn what readers look for and what makes stories absorbing, exciting, and memorable. This class will explore the fundamental requirements of story, with a special focus on the short-short (aka flash fiction, aka sudden fiction). Participants will learn more about the craft of fiction and will each produce an example of sudden fiction (1,500 words or fewer). These classes will be held in Charleston Newspapers' conference center, located on the third floor of CN's parking building on Virginia Street. Cost: $135

Take both Saturday classes for $100. Get a friend to sign up and Geoff will knock 25% off your registration.

Geoff is a former textbook editor and frequent contributor to the popular "Writer's Clinic" column in Writer's Digest. As the only person to win literary Fellowships in all three categories offered by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts—fiction, nonfiction, and memoir—Geoff brings a broad expertise to his classes. Geoff's classes usually sell out. Every student who has taken his classes in the past has indicated a desire to do so again. Not sure if these classes are for you? Call 755.3952 and talk it over with Geoff. He can help you decide which class would be best for you. For more information, visit or email him at