The Rule of Threes: Writing Endings in Nonfiction with Jessica Pavia

    Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM until 3:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Jessica Pavia
    3 hour VIRTUAL session on Sunday, July 25
    12:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    In this nonfiction intensive writing course we will explore why creating the ends of stories and essays always sneaks up on us. 

    Writers are often taught the adage that if you know the ending before you’re writing it, you’re not writing for the right reasons.Yet knowing your ending may help you write your best story. In this class, we’ll look at three types of consistent endings: be direct and explicit about what was learned; a sweeping, gorgeous image that revels in metaphor; or introduce a new scene, new information. 

    Which is the most effective for your story? And once you decide, how do you manage it? This intensive will explore various versions of these three endings with a focus on what the authors are actually doing in order to make the landing stick. In addition, we will push our creativity and write our own endings to stories perhaps not written yet.  

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Nonfiction students and writers who are already writing on their own or through classes, ideally with a piece they are currently working on (although that is not necessary). Writers who write outside of nonfiction but want their endings to sing will also enjoy this workshop.

    Your Instructor
    Jessica L. Pavia is an M.F.A. candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. She primarily writes creative nonfiction, although does dabble in the dark arts of fiction writing as well. Jessica has taught multiple online courses on creative writing through the Success Enrichment Group, and was a writing tutor for four years in college. During this time she also served as Editor in Chief of her campus newspaper, Skidmore News, overseeing nineteen contributing editors and a staff of eight staff writers and nine section editors. Outside the school building, Jessica gained first-hand experience in publishing and journalism through multiple internships and editorial positions. Her writing has appeared in Saratoga Today, Westchester Magazine, and Rochester CITY Newspaper and is forthcoming in the Sheepshead Review.


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact with questions or to submit a refund request.