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February 2020

Utopia and Dystopia: Writing Heaven and Hell

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/29/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Utopia, the perfect society? Or, a planned, better one? Dystopia, a warning, a cautionary tale: if we don't stop doing .... there'll be hell to pay. We'll talk about utopia and dystopia, past and present, outline a statement of beliefs, then start individual stories set in the alternate world of these beliefs in action. Warren Rochelle lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he…

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March 2020

Propelled by Story, Constrained by Truth: Exploring the Boundaries of Narrative Nonfiction (only 2 spots left!)

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chris Register $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 3/14/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Narrative nonfiction authors face many decisions along their journey from proposal to print. Whether curating material for a historical snapshot, recreating conversations for a travelogue, or painting a scene for a memoir, the challenges are the same: where to begin, what to tell and leave out (and in what order), how much dialogue versus backstory to employ, and—of course—that elephant in the writing room: to…

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WriterHouse Winter Class Reading and Open House

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join us for food and fun as we celebrate the writing created during the 2020 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!

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April 2020

The speaker, and the Art of the Imaginary Real

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Derek Kannemeyer $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/4/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Not every poem is written out of personal experience, or in the writer's own voice, or even from a point of view with which the poet agrees. As readers, we know and accept this. Poets, unlike (say) memoirists, are allowed, even expected, to blur the line between fiction and non-fiction, in their pursuit of a higher imaginative truth. As writers, do we exploit the…

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Picture Book Boot Camp

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/18/20 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 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 words 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 Barnaby --…

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Title Wave

April 25 @ 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, 4/25/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm A strong title immediately places your work above the work of others. The best agents and editors know that compelling titles are assets to literary successes. Effective titles set the stage for the reader to anticipate interest. In this seminar, we'll explore strategies for choosing titles that attract interest in your writing, no matter the genre. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of…

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May 2020

Self-Publishing 101

May 2 @ 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, 5/2/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm While traditional publishers are reducing advances, royalties, and asking authors to handle more and more marketing for their books, there's a renaissance happening in the self-publishing world today. New and established writers are bringing their works directly to readers, without stigma, and many are making some decent money as a result. This seminar will focus on what you, as a writer, may need to…

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Rabbit Holes and Easter Eggs: Writing Historical Fiction

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Liza Taylor $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/9/20 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Liza Nash Taylor’s two forthcoming historical novels are set in 1925 and 1931. ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS, partially set in Keswick and Charlottesville, comes out August 18. IN ALL GOOD FAITH will follow in 2021. Liza will supply resources and discuss pitfalls, Easter eggs, and cheats for research techniques for setting, characters, and working with historical figures, as well as crafting period-appropriate dialogue and backgrounds.…

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Flash Fiction: Standing Dangerously Close to the Flame

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Debbie Daniel $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/9/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Flash dance. Flash fire. Flash bulb. Flash flood. Flash burn. Flash mob. Flash point. Let’s explore the genre we call flash, both the stand-alone story and the novella-in-flash. We’ll attempt to pin down what it is, and discover how to make one out of shiny words and bangles and churning clouds and unique characters you might notice sitting on a bus or in an…

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WriterHouse Spring Class Reading and Birthday Celebration!

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join us for food and fun as we celebrate the writing created during the 2020 Spring Term. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will be represented. We will also celebrate the 12th birthday of WriterHouse, with special readings and presentations. If you've benefited from WriterHouse over the years, please join us for this festive evening. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Bring friends!

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