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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 »
Join us for food and fun as we celebrate the varied writing from our speculative fiction group. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Bring friends!Find out more »
This post appeared in the August 1, 2018 edition of the WriterHouse Newsletter. Jane is teaching Getting Your Book Published: A Year-Long Master Class during the fall 2018 term. As may have heard, not all books are adequately marketed by publishers, who may rely...
Lately, I’ve been editing my own work, trying to put together a collection of short stories I’ve worked on for three years. Revision, for me, involves a lot of cutting. I value clarity to a fault in my early drafts; later I aim to lose the excessive unnecessary...
We received an overwhelming response to this year's JMRL and WriterHouse Poetry Contest judged by former Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith. We'd like to congratulate winner Erin Wells for her poem "Nevertheless, Isabella Gibbons Reads" and co-runners-up Cynthia...