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“Two years ago, I attempted my first NaNoWriMo. With no previous writing experience, I pounded out a 60k word rough (very rough!) draft. A few months later I signed up for a class at WriterHouse. I learned so much, so quickly. Over the following months I took more classes and and refined my manuscript. A year later I submitted it to PitchWars, a highly competitive, international competition. Out of nearly 3000 applicants, 160 were chosen (including me!) to work one-on-one with a published author followed by a showcase with literary agents. I know the only reason I was able to go from a newbie writer to having interest from top literary agents in 18 months was because of the lessons I learned at WriterHouse. So thank you, WriterHouse! “–Emily Thiede, WriterHouse student and member
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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 firstname.lastname@example.orgFind 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 »
Instructor: Kathryn Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 1/27/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pushing the envelope with structure, language, culture, magical realism, social issues—what can children, and more importantly, editors and educators handle? Course fee includes a copy of The Incredible Magic of Being (given to you when you sign up) to read before the seminar as a mentor text. We’ll discuss other books for young readers as well as your own manuscripts and ideas. About the Instructor: Kathryn…Find out more »
Join us for wine, cheese, and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Giselle Gautreau. About the Artist Giselle Gautreau is an artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She recently returned to Virginia with her family after living in the Bay Area of California for 10 years. Giselle was born and raised in New England, and her family is French Canadian. She studied painting and printmaking at Maine College of Art, where she received her BFA. Giselle went…Find out more »
Instructor: Bob Friedman $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/17/18 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Traditional publishing is always preferable to self-publishing, but a small percentage of manuscripts ever get to that point. So with the easier and cheaper access to book publishing technology, many more authors turn to self-publishing. What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing? Are there self-publishing avenues that are far better than others? Are there rip-off companies that are basically in the business of printing?…Find out more »
Join WriterHouse and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library for our third annual poetry contest, judged by former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Ron Smith. One winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card, and one runner-up will receive a $100 Visa gift card compliments of the JMRL Friends of the Library and WriterHouse. Winners of this contest will be announced at Central Library’s Poetry on the Steps as part of JMRL’s Poem in Your Pocket Day celebration on Thursday, April 20th at 7pm. Winners…Find out more »
Join us for wine, cheese and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Emma Brodeur & Emmanuel Ndenguebi-Essimi. Abstract by Emma Brodeur About Emma: This show exhibits my abstractions in watercolor and charcoal. Sometimes, the medium catalyzes my explorations of a piece as I balance the division between familiarity and challenge. A bleeding watercolor smear, for example, gives leeway to undiscovered territory. Other times, external factors from the easel such as the folds of fabric or the measures of music allow…Find out more »
Creative Writing Camp for Kids Session I: Monday-Friday, July 16-July 20, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session II: Monday-Friday, July 23 – July 27, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. SESSION ONE CAMPS: Grades 6 - 8: Writing...
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...