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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.” Time to consider building a writing community. This workshop explores critique group pros and cons, meeting options, do’s and don'ts of participation, submission guidelines, and 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.
Short Stories: Small Gems in the World of Books
Oral traditions dating from the earliest campfires to the printed page focus on short narratives. Learn how to hone your sentences and distill your work - fiction and non-fiction - into concise pieces for magazines, anthologies, or a book length collection. Tips on building a fan base as well as finding and maximizing market opportunities are presented. ‘Small Gems’ offers the why and how of writing ‘short’ as a viable tool in your author's repertoire using interactive exercises.


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