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Instructor: Jane Friedman $25 Members | $30 Non-members Saturday, 10/14/17 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM A good poem teaches a reader how to read it; however, many of these poems also subvert our expectations in meaningful and surprising ways. In the second installment of this lunchtime seminar series—that uses Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction as a guiding principle—we will discuss ways in which you can both create and subvert readers’ expectations through…Find out more »
Instructor: Candace Schoner $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 10/15/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM This workshop is designed for individuals and small business owners who want to build a professional website without spending nights, weekends, or even months without results. Those who attend will learn everything they need to design, build, and host a website, as well as the pros and cons to popular web design tools such as WordPress, Weebly and WIX. During the last half of…Find out more »
Instructor: Chet'la Sebree $25 Members | $30 Non-members Saturday, 10/21/17 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Want to revise a lifeless poem? Don’t know how? In the final installment of this lunchtime seminar series—that uses Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction as a guiding principle—we will look at two versions of the same poem as a way of discussing how to revise life into a well-crafted but otherwise flat poem. Chet’la Sebree, a mid-Atlantic…Find out more »
Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 10/28/17 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM We like being scared and, admit it, scaring our readers. So, how do we do just that? What do we need to consider to produce a tale that has to be read with the lights on and, preferably, not alone? What keeps us reading when we are afraid? Watching yet another horror movie? We will ponder these questions, consider fear and terror and write…Find out more »
Join WriterHouse instructors Sharon Harrigan and Jennifer Niesslein as they talk about the missteps, lessons learned, and triumphs experienced while writing and publishing their debut memoirs. Learn what these authors wished they had known while we also celebrate the release of Sharon’s new book Playing with Dynamite, forthcoming from Truman State University Press in October 2017. Short story author and novelist Kristen-Paige Madonia will moderate this conversation. Advanced praise for Sharon’s Book: “For much of her life, Sharon Harrigan’s father…Find out more »
Instructor: Amanda Korman $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 11/4/17 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM This seminar is for prose writers who are looking to make vivid the feelings—all the feelings, joyful and otherwise—of love. We’ll discuss fiction and nonfiction that explore loves of many kinds—familial, platonic, romantic, marital, extramarital, erotic—and we’ll work on ways to sharpen the portrayals of love in our own work. Amanda Korman is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly…Find out more »
Instructor: Phil Jason $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 11/11/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Magical Realism is more than just the presence of the supernatural in a story. It is the forgivable intrusion of dream into reality. And it’s also a lot of fun. It affords us the opportunity to shake loose a little, to indulge the parts of us that sometimes wish the world was a little different than it is. Or maybe a lot different. Even…Find out more »
Please join us for wine, cheese, and lively conversation as we celebrate the work of Elizabeth Morley. An all-member open mic will begin at 6:30 PM. About the artist: Elizabeth Morley is a 4th year student at the University of Virginia double majoring in Art History and Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. She has taken photography classes at UVA since her first year, learning how to work with film cameras ranging from 35 mm film cameras to field…Find out more »
Join us for an all-member Open Mic hosted by WriterHouse and emceed by member BK Marcus. The event is open to all genres. Readings are limited to six minutes. Advanced registration is required. Come early and enjoy the October art opening. Nosh on Writerhouse snacks or bring something to share. To register, send an email to email@example.comFind out more »
Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 1/20/18 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Make 2018 the year you land a literary agent. In this seminar, you'll learn how to find agents who represent your genre, and importantly, how to attract their attention. You'll get tips for condensing your brilliant book into a 3-4 line description. You'll write an intriguing bio. Never published before? Don't despair. There is something about you that will stand out to an agent. Bring a 1-page…Find out more »
Kathryn Erskine is the author of six children’s novels including National Book Award winner, Mockingbird, Jane Addams Peace Award honor book Seeing Red,and most recently, The Incredible Magic of Being, and the picture book, Mama Africa: How Miriam Makeba Spreads Hope...
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, we dedicated our salon to the memory of Catherine Clarke Coiner, a writerhouse member and founder who died after a brief illness in July. Catherine was an avid, quirky writer with a passion for the arts. She helped lay the groundwork...
Risky Research by BettyJoyce Nash Writers naturally attract “the fictional opportunity.” Three weeks ago, as I sail through security at CHO en route to my Montana vacation, this truth presents itself more directly than usual. I’m a Trusted Traveler, so OK, I swagger...