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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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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch McIntire Room Free and Open to the Public “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story within you” –Maya Angelou Healing is a right that belongs to all of us. Writing is one way to make sense of events that defy comprehension so they don’t have to live inside us. Writing unbinds us and prepares us for action. All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a little time. WriterHouse is collaborating with…Find out more »
Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 9/30/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM You've written a novel. You've revised a novel. You've re-written and re-revised a novel. Now what? Landing an agent is daunting. In this one-day seminar we'll demystify the process: from research to contract. 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…Find out more »
Instructor: Joan Mazza $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 10/1/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Whatever style of writing you do or hope to do, you can develop habits for writing every day and find the time to do so. In this seminar, we will discuss strategies to stay in your writing mind and make creative leaps. We’ll talk about how to catch ideas and track them, and how as little as fifteen minutes a day can keep you…Find out more »
At the death of her father, Charlottesville author Elizabeth Howard suddenly felt elevated to family elder. Her father—a former New York ad man, writer and gentle teacher—had been her lifelong role model. She sought guidance for her future years from the experts—including well-known older men and women like Walter Cronkite, Helen Thomas, Mayor Ed Koch and Rosa Parks. These interviews served as the foundation for Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well. During this informal session, Elizabeth…Find out more »
Please join us for wine, cheese, and delightful conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Jean Sampson Rough-Water by Jean Sampson About the Artist: Jean Sampson, a Charlottesville native, maintains a studio at McGuffey Art Center, originally the McGuffey Elementary School, from which she graduated in 1960. She has lived in her childhood home and the cottage her grandmother built right nextdoor, for most of her 71 years and now shares it with husband, Bill, and their cat, Hector. Jean,…Find out more »
Instructor: Chet'la Sebree $25 Members | $30 Non-members Saturday, 10/7/17 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Feeling like a one-trick pony in your poems? Looking to get out of your comfort zone to try something new? In the first 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 to surprise yourself in your writing practice using generative strategies that can act as a…Find out more »
Gunplay: Great Stories by Great American Writers on a Great American Subject with BettyJoyce Nash and Deirdra McAfee
BettyJoyce Nash & Deirdra McAfee introduce Lock & Load: Armed Fiction from the University of New Mexico Press Great stories by great American writers on a great American subject: guns. The editors will read, discuss, amuse, and inform. Please come for snacks, wine, and especially, the food for thought. Here’s what Roxana Robinson says about Lock & Load: “This is a powerful, challenging and often exquisite response to our lethally dangerous gun culture. These stories reveal our complicated relationship to weapons, and offer…Find out more »
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 »
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...