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October 2016

Finding Your Voice

October 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Where I am From: Finding Your Voice Through Poetry Instructor: Ebony Walden Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Are you ready to give voice to your unique experience with creativity, confidence and dynamism? Poetry can help you craft your life experiences into something beautiful, so that you can share it with the world. This interactive workshop will give you a new appreciation for the power of poetry and practical ways this form…

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Horror Writing: The Love of Fear

October 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:30 PM "Our hearts pound, our breathing quickens"... the fire burns down low and the shadows get closer, and "we do our best to scare the daylights out of each other..." Admit it, we LIKE to be scared. Why and how and what is horrific? The class will examine the horrific and the scary and write their own nightmares. Golden Gryphon Press author Warren Rochelle…

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November 2016

Crowdfunding for Authors

November 5, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Bethany Carlson

Instructor: Bethany Joy Carlson Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, November 05, 2016 | 9:30 AM-1:30 PM Over 70% of publishing projects fail on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but authors can crowdfund their books. Learn how from Bethany Carlson, owner of The Artist's Partner, where writers' success rate is over 98%. From planning a communication strategy, to shooting a video, to marketing techniques, Bethany will go over the steps that have led to over $70,000 raised for…

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Writing with an Open Heart

November 8, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Tuesday, repeating until November 8, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, September 20 -November 08, 2016 | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM As writers develop a steady practice, feelings emerge, stories from the past surface, and patterns become clear. But how do you write with an open heart in the face of judgements or emotional pain? This class will teach writers how to develop self-compassion, address instances of doubt that threaten to derail projects, and make sense of the judgments that arise…

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Writer’s Eye with WriterHouse

November 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 8, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, September 20 -November 08, 2016 | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Celebrate a local literary tradition! UVA’s Fralin Art Museum hosts its 30th annual Writer’s Eye competition this year. The museum selects artworks from its collection to create a special Writer’s Eye exhibit of pieces meant to inspire prose and poetry. Contestants compete in age categories from elementary school students through adults. Join two-time winner Jody Hobbs Hesler to tour…

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Writing in Response to Cancer

November 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 8, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Cora Schenberg and Carolyn O'neal Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, September 20 -November 08, 2016 | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM A Class for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers. Cancer may be viewed as an embodiment of chaos. When it strikes, it wreaks havoc on our lives and those of our loved ones. In contrast, writing gives us the chance to create order, in the form of stories, poems, blogs, journal entries, etc. Cora Schenberg and Carolyn O’Neal, writers…

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Advanced Poetry – Class is Full!

November 8, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 8, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Most Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-member Each week we will bring in poems to discuss. In our discussions, we will focus on construction and revision practices in relation to the broader vision and poetic approaches of the individual poets in the group. There will be optional writing suggestions each week. Each poet will receive written and verbal feedback from the instructor. Previous workshop experience is a requirement. John Most earned his PhD in media philosophy from the…

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Writing Children’s Picture Books

November 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 9, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Anne Marie Pace and Hannah Barnaby Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, September 21 -November 09, 2016 | 10:00 AM-12:30PM Picture books are a child’s earliest introduction to the power of story. We’ll explore elements of classic and current picture books, study the spectrum of commercial to literary picture books, examine the relationship between text and image, and most importantly, generate ideas and develop them into polished drafts. You’ll complete the class with both a deeper appreciation…

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Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary-CLASS IS FULL

November 9, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 9, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharron Singleton Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, September 21 -November 09, 2016 | 1:00 PM-3:30 PM The poet, Gregory Orr, says, "Poetry...is a huge repository of focused testimony about what it is to be human – to endure emotions and experience ... to think and feel and sense and remember and imagine, all under the pressure of an urgency that compresses language to its barest, sensuous essence." This workshop will help you transform your ordinary thoughts,…

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Evening Nonfiction Workshop

November 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 28, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on October 5, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on October 12, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on October 19, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on October 26, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on November 2, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on November 9, 2016 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffman Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, September 21 -November 9, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM This workshop will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme. Participants will discuss essays and memoir pieces submitted to the group. In addition, there will be readings and in-class exercises that address pertinent craft issues. There will also be opportunities to consider non-craft issues associated with this genre,…

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Serious Absurdity: Writing Successful Satire

November 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Serious Absurdity: Writing Successful Satire Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:30 PM In satire, we expose the absurdity of society by taking seriously what society calls absurd. It is an ancient, easy to understand form, but poignant, effective satire is difficult to master. All too often, we writers are seduced off course by the alluring freedom of wackiness or the call of the gratuitous chuckle. In this class, we will…

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Evening Fiction Workshop: First Chapters

November 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until November 17, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Thursdays, September 22 -November 10, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM A novel's first chapter is key to grab readers and keep them turning pages. This workshop will provide writers the opportunity to workshop a novel first chapter, revision of the same first chapter, and a third workshop of either another novel first chapter, another first chapter revision, or a second chapter. To inform our process, we will read successful first…

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Writing Your Young Adult Novel

November 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 21, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Mondays, September 19 -November 21, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM When you hear "young adult novels," do you think of vampires, tragic love stories and teen angst? The YA genre encompasses this and so much more. This course will explore questions of craft and current trends in the marketplace. Writing exercises will clarify and re-energize student work. After 8 weeks, students will have a fully revised first chapter and deeper…

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Advanced Fiction: Voice and Character Development

November 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 21, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Mondays, September 19 -November 07, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM This workshop-heavy class will provide writers at least three opportunities to have a full class workshop. Students will have one-on-one feedback sessions with both instructor and classmates. Participants are required to have fiction work ready to workshop at the outset of class or be able to produce material week-to-week. Students will be asked to write, read, and provide feedback to…

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Find Your Story’s Sweet Spot – Only Two Spots Left!

November 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 23, 2016

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Betty Joyce Nash Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, September 21 - November 09, 2016 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM What sets a great short story apart from its mediocre cousins? How do award winning short story writers use dialogue, character, and action to build layered, lively scenes that plunge us into life's mysteries, compelling us to keep turning pages? We'll dissect a handful of short stories from the masters and write our own from scratch, workshopping…

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December 2016

Submissions and Publications

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM This seminar will focus on the preparation process required for submitting to magazines and literary journals. We will discuss proper manuscript formatting techniques and ways to compose a cover letter. We will explore various publications and how students can determine which magazines are appropriate for their work, and we will workshop first pages of student manuscripts, discussing elements that are likely to engage…

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September 2017

The Writer’s Life: Setting Goals and Planning What’s Next (Only 5 spots left!)

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison FREE for Members Tuesday, 9/12/17 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM You know you love to write and you’ve taken a few classes. But how do you set writing goals, let alone achieve them? In this two-hour members-only session we will discuss the many paths writers can take and look at how WriterHouse can help you achieve your writing and publishing goals. Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach with a background in mindfulness…

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The Writer’s Life: Setting Goals and Planning What’s Next (Waiting List Available)

September 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison FREE for Members Wednesday, 9/13/17 | 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM You know you love to write and you’ve taken a few classes. But how do you set writing goals, let alone achieve them? In this two-hour members-only session we will discuss the many paths writers can take and look at how WriterHouse can help you achieve your writing and publishing goals. Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach with a background in mindfulness…

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Your Life as a Story – Class is Full

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 6, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays, 9/18/17 - 11/6/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Learn how to turn your experiences into a true story that is as engaging as a novel. Find out how book-length memoirs can use the tools of fiction, such as vivid sensory detail, evocative settings, and fully rounded characters. Flesh out scenes with specific, telling details to make them as moving on the page as they were in life. Writers in all stages…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 7, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Non-members Tuesdays, 9/19/17 - 11/7/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM This workshop will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme. Participants will discuss essays and memoir pieces submitted to the group. In addition, there will be readings and in-class exercises that address pertinent craft issues. There will also be opportunities to consider non-craft issues associated with this genre, such as…

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