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Social Media Lab for Writers: Crafting a Strategy and a Presence That Fits You and Your Writing Career
Instructor: Jane Friedman $325 Members | $400 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/16/17 - 2/27/18* | 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM** *No class on Tuesday 2/13/18 **This class will meet at Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street (across from WriterHouse) Many authors have a love-hate relationship with social media, especially when it's seen as a distraction from the writing work, with nothing but the noise of what people had for lunch (or worse). But authors who use it successfully have figured out the secret:…Find out more »
Instructor: Lisa Ellison $1349* Members | $1349* Nonmembers Select Thursdays, 1/18/18 - 12/13/18** | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM *Payment plans of $323 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. **For a complete list of class dates, please see the Memoir in a Year Syllabus Have a powerful life story you absolutely must tell? Looking for support as you harness the power of that narrative? During Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing the First Draft…Find 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 »
Instructor: Lisa Ellison and Deborah Prum $80 Members | $87 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/10/18 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM *This retreat will take place at the instructor's home. There are places in the heart that do not yet exist; suffering has to enter in for them to come to be. –Leon Bloy Grief and loss are universal human experiences frequently associated with suffering and darkness. But there are gifts hidden in these difficult times that transcend the painful narratives we…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 »
Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $99 Members | $110 Nonmembers Sunday, 3/4/18 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sometimes scenes we witness in restaurants, or on streets, buses, planes, and trains inspire us to think, “What a character! There’s a story—but what is it?” That’s up to you, fiction writer. But there’s no fiction without a character. Invite your imaginary protagonist to this daylong writing party—you don’t need to know them well. Bring a picture—from a magazine, newspaper, or (heh-heh) your own…Find out more »
Instructor: Janet Martin $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 3/10/18 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Aristotle defined story structure in 3 parts: beginning, middle, and end. But where do you begin? How do you shore up a sagging middle? And how do you mount tension to deliver a knockout ending? Get a handle on the importance of structure in this 3-hour seminar while in class you a create memorable story plot structure, as you learn techniques for where to begin…Find out more »
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...
Risky Research by BettyJoyce Nash Writers naturally attract “the fictional opportunity.” Three weeks ago, as I sail through security at CHO en route to my Montana vacation, this truth presents itself more directly than usual. I’m a Trusted Traveler, so OK, I swagger...
Community Write-In September 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch McIntire Room Since August 12, 2017, our Charlottesville community has lived with uncertainty. Some people experienced that day as a wakeup call regarding the...