The Moseley Writers will present The Write Start: Moseley Speed Critique as part of this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book. Panelists are published writers across a range of genres. They will read aloud from anonymous submissions of the first 100 words of original, unpublished manuscripts, then discuss story elements that work, suggest story elements that could be improved, and answer questions from the audience.

Panel members include Meredith Cole, Jody Hobbs Hesler, Betty Joyce Nash, and Deborah M. Prum.

Submissions for critique must be sent via email to by Wednesday, March 20, 2024. Paste the entry into the body of the e-mail. No attachments, please. Nonfiction, horror, and erotica will not be considered.

More Info

  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
  • This event runs three hours. There will be no book sales.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page. For accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1.
  • All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.

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