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August 17, 2024–TPS Workshop–Chopped! The Writing Workshop, by Jody Hobbs Hesler

August 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Chopped! The Writing Workshop

Inspired by the TV cooking game show Chopped, this generative writing workshop will present students with a “basket” of four “ingredients.” “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 what’s fresh and engaging about each response. We’ll also examine the expectations each piece sets up for the reader to guide the writer for future revision. Unlike the TV show, no one will be eliminated from the workshop! This is a great exercise for rejuvenating writing morale, trying new things as a writer, and seeing how the same starting point can inspire a wild spectrum possibility. Presented by Jody Hobbs Hesler

Presenter Bio


JODY HOBBS HESLER is the author of the story collection What Makes You Think You’re Supposed to Feel Better (Cornerstone Press, October 2023), and the forthcoming novel, Without You Here (Flexible Press, September 2024). Her words also appear in Necessary Fiction, Gargoyle, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Atticus Review, Writer’s Digest, Electric Literature, CRAFT, Arts & Letters, and many other journals. She teaches at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia; writes and copy edits for Virginia Wine & Country Life and Charlottesville Family Magazine; and serves as assistant fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review.

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Aug 17, 2024 TPS workshop
$ 30.00
ONLINE (Map) August 17, 2024 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT