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Past Events › Featured Events
Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/18/20 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm What makes picture books so magical? The alchemy of text and art creates a unique medium for a story, turning it into something more than just the combination of words and pictures. It might seem like a mystery, but writing picture books is far from impossible -- it just takes a special set of skills and a peek behind the curtain. Hannah Barnaby --…Find out more »
Propelled by Story, Constrained by Truth: Exploring the Boundaries of Narrative Nonfiction (Online seminar)
Instructor: Chris Register $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/25/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Narrative nonfiction authors face many decisions along their journey from proposal to print. Whether curating material for a historical snapshot, recreating conversations for a travelogue, or painting a scene for a memoir, the challenges are the same: where to begin, what to tell and leave out (and in what order), how much dialogue versus backstory to employ, and—of course—that elephant in the writing room: to…Find out more »
Instructor: Liza Taylor $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/9/20 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Liza Nash Taylor’s two forthcoming historical novels are set in 1925 and 1931. ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS, partially set in Keswick and Charlottesville, comes out August 18. IN ALL GOOD FAITH will follow in 2021. Liza will supply resources and discuss pitfalls, Easter eggs, and cheats for research techniques for setting, characters, and working with historical figures, as well as crafting period-appropriate dialogue and backgrounds.…Find out more »
Join us via the magic of Zoom as we celebrate the writing created during our online terms. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will be represented. The event is free and open to the public. BYOB - virtual or otherwise! Our first virtual end-of-term reading has been postponed. We will reschedule the reading for mid to late August. Please watch the calendar for the new date.Find out more »
Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/20/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm In this moment of unsurety, of staying at home more, of reconsidering the ways we do things, many are turning to their reading for solace, for ideas or for escape. This seminar will tap into the obvious and hopefully less-obvious connections between what we read and the poetry we write. Participants will be asked to be ready to discuss at least one piece of…Find out more »
On July 22 at 6:00 pm, join WriterHouse member, Renata Khoshroo Louwers, and anthology contributors, Roger Sedarat and Mehdi Okasi, as they read from their essays and discuss the powerful collection with editor Katherine Whitney. The Iranian revolution of 1979 launched a vast, global diaspora, with many Iranians establishing new lives in the United States. In the four decades since, the diaspora has expanded to include not only those who emigrated immediately after the revolution but also their American-born children,…Find out more »
On August 20 at 6:30 pm, WriterHouse joins New Dominion Bookshop in sponsoring WriterHouse member Liza Taylor reading from her debut novel, Etiquette for Runaways. The reading will be followed by a conversation with author Francine Mathews. The event is free to the public. To register for this Zoom event, click here. For more information about the book, visit the event page at New Dominion Bookshop.Find out more »
Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia FREE SEMINAR! Saturday, 10/10/20 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Putting the Pen to the Page is an opportunity for writers to study the craft of creative writing, share and workshop portions of their novel manuscript, provide and receive constructive criticism, and work with a published author at an MFA-level of instruction as they write their way through the generative process of drafting their novel manuscript. Curious about the class? Join us for a FREE seminar and learn about the course…Find out more »
It's time for Words and Wine, the signature annual fundraiser for WriterHouse, an organization whose mission is to promote the creation and appreciation of literature and to encourage the development of writers at all levels by providing affordable, secure workspace and meeting space, high quality writing instruction, and literary events for the public. This year the pandemic forced us to put on our thinking caps and come up with a creative and safe way to hold the event. We gathered…Find out more »
Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Weekend One: Saturday & Sunday, 2/20/21 & 2/21/21 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am Weekend Two: Saturday & Sunday, 2/27/21 & 2/28/21 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am How many days does a blizzard last? That's an unanswerable question, but this short story "blizzard" will span four days. Bring your blanket, bring your hot chocolate and bring a short story you want to polish for publication. We’ll examine point of view, character development, and story arc, but we’ll…Find out more »
The launch of "Half" by Sharon Harrigan was celebrated virtually on July 11, 2020. We as a writing community continue to adjust to the current situation. The success of the WriterHouse online classes (offered via Zoom) encouraged us to give a virtual book...
JMRL and WriterHouse Announce Poetry Contest Winner! The poem, “Play a Note,” by Fred Everett Maus has been selected as this year’s JMRL-WriterHouse Poetry Contest winner. Joan Mazza was named runner-up for the poem “Elinor White Frost." Congratulations to...
As part of the #TheWrite2Heal series of events, for the month of April WriterHouse established a weekly prompt to help our community maintain a writing practice in these challenging times. We hope that these prompts helped you channel your feelings in a productive...