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Nancy Hartney is available for workshops, library readings, book signings, book club meetings, and conference discussions.


Southern Customs and Folklore
Nancy Hartney writes slice of life tales about the Deep South that chronicle a time past that is poignant, vivid and sometimes brutal. She discusses folkways and social mores in the South that find traction today. These customs, illustrated in her award winning book, can introduce the newcomer to southern traditions while reconnecting native-born individuals to past memories.
Critique Groups: Power and Limitations
Friends think you have a gift for writing. Your spouse says your work is “fine.” Is it time to consider vetting your work with a larger audience? This workshop explores critique group pros and cons: meeting options, dos and don'ts of participation, how to critique the work of others, and submission guidelines. Finally, the most critical element of reviewing is your emotional preparation for constructive, honest feedback that strikes the best balance for your writerly growth. Interactive exercises, take home resources, reading lists, and how-to suggestions conclude this workshop.
Developing Characters
Think Huck Finn, Captain Ahab, or Scarlett O’Hara— personalities that live on long after the story and plot fades. That’s the power of character. This interactive workshop explores tools specific to character development using worksheets, discussion, writing exercises, and reading suggestions.
Writing Short Stories: Five Essential Elements
Writing a short story is different from writing a novel. Length is a factor, but what other elements distinguish short fiction? Workshop participants will examine five criteria required of a short piece. Concrete tips for how to hone sentences and distill your work--fiction and non-fiction—into pieces for magazines, anthologies, or a book length collection. Participants will complete in-class exercises as well as deconstructing well-known examples of short work. The workshop concludes with suggestions for successful submission toward publication.


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