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August 2018

Crafting Irresistible Characters

August 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Doug Lawson $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 10/27/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM What is it that makes a character truly, madly, deeply memorable—so uniquely gripping that they can’t be forgotten, so quirky that you can’t help but love them, hate them, want to take them home with you and cook them dinner? In this seminar, we’ll look at some examples of great characters from stories in different mediums (stories, novels, movies, TV) and see if we…

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September 2018

Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

September 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 11/7/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Students in this class should have made significant strides on the beginning of a novel. We will workshop the first 50 pages, in 25-page increments. Through close reading of each other’s work, and of some literary texts, students will gain insights to help them zero in where the beating heart of their budding novels is strongest, identify which craft issues need the…

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Novel 101: Premise, Story, Character (This Class is Full!)

September 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bruce Holsinger $94.50 Members | $105 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 10/10/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM This series of four evening workshops will be devoted to the conception and development of participants’ novels in progress. Whether you’ve sketched out a few pages of a fantasy epic or completed a work of historical fiction, this class is intended to help you begin shaping (or reshaping) your novel into a manuscript responsive to the conventions and expectations of the contemporary…

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Plot. Stakes. Tension

September 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Crystal Hana Kim $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 9/22/18 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM These three terms are often used interchangeably when we talk about the craft of writing. How are these three terms different and how do they work together to keep the reader interested? In this seminar, we will discuss how to effectively create and maintain dramatic tension in fiction by closely reading a short story together. We will then examine our own characters to…

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October 2018

You Can Control Time

October 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 10/13/18 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Time is an important instrument in your fiction-writing toolbox. In this four-hour seminar, we will learn about the many ways you can play with the speed at which things happen in your stories and novels. We’ll read examples of authors making ample, even wild use of the possibilities, and we’ll do some writing and experimenting of our own. About the Instructor: Amanda Korman is…

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The Songs of Fall: A Poetry Retreat –THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Facilitator’s Home, near Albemarle High School
Charlottesville , VA United States
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Instructor: Sara Robinson $99 Members | $110 Nonmembers Saturday, 10/20/18 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fall and its change of colors offers writers an opportunity to explore their writing in a natural setting. We can look at our art and see how changing colors, direction of light, plants, trees, streams, offer us opportunities to evaluate our own sense of change in what we compose. We can find inspiration like Robert Duncan’s “Often I Am Permitted to Return to a…

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The Art of Forgiveness: A Writing Retreat (CLASS IS FULL!)

October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Lisa Ellison and Deborah Prum $85 Members | $95 Nonmembers Saturday, 10/27/18 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Grievance stories are detrimental to your writing health. Ruminations on bad guys eat up your creative space. Side effects include one-dimensional characters, stale plotlines, and preachy prose. How do you stop nursing a juicy grievance story and regain your creativity? It all comes down to forgiveness. Join Lisa Ellison and Deborah Prum as we explore various aspects of forgiveness. We will…

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November 2018

Evening Poetry: The Collagist (Class is Full!)

November 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Most $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 9/18/18 - 11/6/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM In this class, which is open to all poets, we will spend most of our time writing and workshopping new poems. In addition to writing new poems, each week we will read example poems that, in the broadest sense of the word, collage words, forms, sources, genres, styles, allusions. . . Collage is powered by surprise, so our guiding question will be:…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction (This Class is Full!)

November 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 9/18/18 - 11/6/18 | 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…

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Advanced Fiction: Voice and Character

November 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 9/20/18 - 11/8/18 | 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 peers, both…

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Advanced Poetry: Packing a Punch in Your Poetic Endgame

November 14, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on September 26, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 17, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 24, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 31, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on November 7, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on November 14, 2018 at 9:30 am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Mirabella Mitchell $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 11/7/18 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two poetry classes. Renowned poet Gregory Orr argues that there are six very different kinds of endings for poems. In this class, we’ll read, explore, and discuss an array of poems ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries, and we’ll use these six diverse “species” of endings as our path into them. However, our topics…

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Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

November 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on September 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 11/14/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM NOTE: THE CLASS WILL NOT MEET ON OCTOBER 3! Students in this class should have made significant strides on the beginning of a novel. We will workshop the first 50 pages, in 25-page increments. Through close reading of each other’s work, and of some literary texts, students will gain insights to help them zero in where the beating heart of their budding…

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Pathways to Picture Book Publishing

November 16, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on September 28, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 5, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 12, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 19, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on October 26, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on November 2, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on November 9, 2018 at 9:30 am

One event on November 16, 2018 at 9:30 am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Fridays, 9/21/18 - 11/9/18 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM What makes picture books so magical? The alchemy of text and art creates a unique medium for a story, turning it into something more than just the combination of works and pictures. It might seem like a mystery, but writing picture books is far from impossible — it just takes a special set of skills and a peek behind the curtain. Hannah…

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May 2019

Putting the Pen to the Page: Drafting Your Novel in One Year (This Class is Full!)

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on September 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm

One event on January 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on February 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on March 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on April 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on May 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Tuesdays, 9/11/18 - 5/21/19** | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM *Payment plans of $335 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. Overview: Putting the Pen to the Page is an opportunity for writers to study the craft of creative writing, share and workshop portions of their novel manuscript, provide and receive constructive criticism, and work with a published author at an MFA-level of instruction as they write…

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September 2019

Staying the Course (Ongoing Class)

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on October 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on March 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on April 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on May 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on June 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on July 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $260 Members | $289 Nonmembers Meets monthly on Saturday for eleven months: 9/28/19, 10/26/19, 11/23/19, 12/14/19, 1/25/20, 2/22/20, 3/28/20, 4/25/20, 5/23/20, 6/27/20, 7/25/20 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm This is a course for committed writers who want some structure and accountability for reaching their writing goals. Reaching these goals is often more easily said than done. We often lose our way when we have no sounding board, no one to check in with to see if…

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October 2019

Putting the Pen to the Page: Drafting Your Novel in One Year (This class is full!)

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on October 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on October 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on November 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on November 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on January 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on March 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on April 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Mondays, 9/9/19 - 5/21/20** | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM *Payment plans of $335 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS PASSED.   Overview: Putting the Pen to the Page is an opportunity for writers to study the craft of creative writing, share and workshop portions of their novel manuscript, provide and receive constructive criticism, and work with a…

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Daytime Generative Writing Class (This class is full!)

October 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 6, 2019

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/18/19 – 11/6/19 | 9:30 am -12:00 pm No time for homework? No problem. We’ll do all the writing and critique work in class, so you don’t have to do it at home. Each session will begin with a short meditation to clear our heads. Then the instructor will lead participants through a series of prompts that build on each other and move toward the goal of completing a cohesive story,…

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Evening Poetry (This class is full!)

October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 6, 2019

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Douglas Nordfors $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/18/19 – 11/6/19 | 6:30 pm -9:00 pm This course will follow the traditional, tried-and-true workshop model. Participants will bring in a poem each class to be critiqued by fellow students and the instructor.  For anyone who appreciates outside prompts, an optional assignment will be given each week.   The aim will be to create a rigorous, but stress free, atmosphere suitable for veteran as well as novice poets. Any style of…

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Daytime Fiction (Intermediate/Advanced Writers) – Ongoing Class

October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 7, 2019

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 9/19/19 – 11/7/19 | 1:00 pm -3:30 pm In this workshop, we will read one story by a published author each week and discuss what makes it tick. How exactly does the story work (or not)? We'll dig into a wide range of craft topics, as they come up—point of view, characterization, pacing, suspense, mystery, etc. Next we'll turn the same lens to our own work, reading and responding to two…

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Secrets to Writing Every Day – Tricks and Techniques

October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Joan Mazza $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 10/12/19 | 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…

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