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Past Events › Featured Events
Join us for food, wine, and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Jill Kerttula. Her exhibition, "Photos in Fiber," is free and open to the public. Jill Kerttula’s art quilts are a culmination of years of professional art experience, combined with her avocations of sewing and photography. Kerttula was a professional graphic designer and art director; she taught college level art and design classes; as an art major, she had specialized in printmaking; and she also spent several…Find out more »
Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/2/19 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM All fairy tales are retellings, from the stories remembered and passed on through the oral tradition of the folk tale, to the modern versions seen on TV and in film. Each retelling is a reinterpretation and a reimagining in a different context of history, society, and culture. A retelling, then, is a conundrum for the writer: how true to the original (and which original)? In…Find out more »
Instructor: Bill Glose $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/16/19 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Following the dictum of doing what you love, this seminar will show poets how they can explore whatever theme, hobby, or territory intrigues them most to create poetry with real power. This seminar will show how to blend personal experience with historical and current events to create work that is universal. Examples of poems in early and later drafts will be used to show…Find out more »
Join us for food, wine, and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Lee Christmas Halstead. Her exhibition, "Reflecting," is free and open to the public. Lee Christmas Halstead’s waterscapes are a study in light, color, and reflections on the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. Her paintings combine a love of nature, being outdoors, life on a sailboat, and Plein Air painting. The luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere characterize “Plein Air” paintings. Season, weather, and time of day become…Find out more »
Instructor: Doug Lawson $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 3/2/19 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM How your characters speak (or don’t speak) is a key way your readers will get to know them. Are they eloquent? Overly articulate? Academic? Or are they subtle, scheming, a quiet keeper of dark secrets? The way they talk will help reveal them—if you’re thoughtful about it. In this seminar we will focus on key ways of thinking about dialogue patterns, some core techniques…Find out more »
Join us for food and fun as we celebrate the writing created during the 2019 Winter 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: John Nicolay $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 3/30/19 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM John Nicolay is a lifelong journal keeper. With the digital technical shift, John found tools to enrich the journal experience. This workshop is designed for those interested in exploring the journal as a writing paradigm and enhancing its presentation, even to printing it. Five journaling paradigms are reviewed. Editing tools for images and text are discussed. His book to accompany this class (although not…Find out more »
Join us for food, wine, and lively conversation as we celebrate the photography of Liza Wimbish and Alden Myers. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Alden Myers attends the University of Virginia and is pursuing a double major in Art History and Studio Art. She is interested in how photographs can serve as catalysts for personal and collective memory and consciousness. Her work primarily focuses on documenting the life of material objects and how they form our mental…Find out more »
Instructor: Liza Taylor $30 Members | $32.50 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/6/19 | 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM These back-to-back mini-seminars may be taken separately or together. Part I - Getting Noticed: Submitting your work (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM) Here at WriterHouse we’re taught to be better writers, but it’s up to us to get our work out there and learn how to be writers in the world. So, you might be wondering, how will I know if I’m ready to try…Find out more »
The Ties That Bind is a #NoPipelines Community Collaborative Art and Story project that will go on display in Staunton in May. Join WriterHouse to create a section of the larger whole and learn from Ecoartist and poet Amelia L. Williams how to contribute your voice, and your vision in this work of words and fabric art. Materials: bring at least 6 strips of fabric 4 to 5 feet long or scrap clothing, draperies, bedding, woolens – anything that can…Find out more »
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...
Creative Writing Camp for Kids Session I: Monday-Friday, July 8 - July 12, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Session II: Monday-Friday, July 22 - July 26, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. SESSION ONE CAMPS: Grades 6-8: Writing...