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Past Events › Featured Events
Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/15/19 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Have a great idea for a book but no idea where to start? Do you have a first draft and now you're ready to shape it? Or has your book stalled because you don't know where to go next? Participate in this seminar to learn about a variety of story structures and planning techniques that can help with your book. Writing a book-length work…Find out more »
Join us for food and fun as we celebrate the writing created during the 2019 Summer Term. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will be represented. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Bring friends!Find out more »
Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers DATE CHANGE: Saturday, 6/29/19 | 10:00 am – 1:30 pm This seminar will investigate the strange topic of rhyme and rhyming. At once the formal element most readily associated with poetry and the thing most poets first kick out of their tool box, rhyme has a unique and almost paradoxical place in our consideration of craft. We'll look at poems that rhyme and rhyme well. We'll look at poems that rhyme terribly. We'll…Find out more »
Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/29/19 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Are you ready to plan or revise your book? Stuck in the writing process because your book's path is unclear? Join this seminar to roll up your sleeves and do some evaluation or planning for your book. Participants will apply several techniques to identifying or evaluating the structure of their work in progress. You'll gain experience in the techniques and leave with a more…Find out more »
Instructor: Cliff Garstang $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 8/3/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In this seminar we will examine the implications of making particular choices for the setting of a work of fiction. Does it matter when the story takes place? Does it matter if the narrative is current or retrospective? And how can the writer use the physical setting to deepen the reader’s engagement with the work. Through examination of well-known works, both stories and novels,…Find out more »
Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 8/4/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Suppose you identify as female but want to write a male’s point of view? Literature would suffer if writers failed to explore characters of the “other” gender, male or trans. Gender refers to individuals’ concept of themselves; sex refers to biological differences. Not every female is nurturing and emotionally expressive; all males aren’t silent and emotionally distant. Not only do socialization and embedded cultural…Find out more »
Instructor: Kathy Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Tuesday, 8/6/19 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Characters can make or break your story, whether you’re writing picture books, early readers, or middle grade and young adult novels. We’ll talk about how to make caustic characters engaging, bland characters attention-grabbing, and all characters feel like real people. This is a hands-on workshop so come prepared to do exercises in class—not sit-ups and pushups … unless, of course, that’s what your character…Find out more »
Instructor: John Nicolay $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 8/10/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm This seminar takes the student through the process of using Amazon’s “Kindle Direct Print” for publishing any project as a softcover book. We will discuss each element of the process, starting with formatting the “to-be” work so that KDP remains happy. John Nicolay is a professor in The Graduate School, University of Maryland. He is an officer with the Blue Ridge Writers, and a…Find out more »
Instructor: Louise Mitchell NOTE: This seminar is free for members only. Sunday, 8/11/19 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Break through writer’s block, deepen your writer’s voice, connect with a new project, have insight on a work in progress. Enjoy a nature-based, closed-eye exercise that inspires you to write in your natural, creative flow. Wear casual, comfortable clothing. Bring writing paper and pens or pencils. No meditation experience is necessary, but a willingness to relax and invite the guidance of…Find out more »
Instructor: Bill Glose $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 8/11/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm This seminar will focus on structure and storytelling elements of essays and memoirs. Practical exercises will incorporate brainstorming and organizational techniques to gather details and focus your story on a particular theme. The class will also discuss ethical dilemmas associated with true-life stories. Bill Glose is a former paratrooper and combat platoon leader. Now a civilian, he undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking across Virginia…Find out more »
Unity Days Poetry Event to Highlight the Power of Writing to Heal On August 9, 2019, from 12:00-1:30 PM, WriterHouse, in partnership with The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, will host a free poetry writing event open to...
Writerhouse is joining with City Clay to host three summer camps offering children from 9 - 11 years old the opportunity to sculpt, write, and paint during the course of one week. All camps run Monday - Friday, from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Children will be dropped off...
We received an overwhelming response to this year's JMRL and WriterHouse Poetry Contest judged by Poet Laureate of Virginia, Henry Hart. We'd like to congratulate winner Ron Berube for his poem "A Differential Calculus of My Feelings" and runner-up Clay Moldenhauer...