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March 2018

First Fridays Art Opening: Emma Brodeur & Emmanuel Ndenguebi-Essimi

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join us for wine, cheese and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Emma Brodeur & Emmanuel Ndenguebi-Essimi. Abstract by Emma Brodeur About Emma: This show exhibits my abstractions in watercolor and charcoal. Sometimes, the medium catalyzes my explorations of a piece as I balance the division between familiarity and challenge. A bleeding watercolor smear, for example, gives leeway to undiscovered territory. Other times, external factors from the easel such as the folds of fabric or the measures of music allow…

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Write a Story in a Day Fiction Retreat (Only 4 Spots left!)

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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…

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Structure: The Key to Effective Storytelling

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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…

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Festival of the Book Seminar: How to Get Started as a Writer

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, 201 E. Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Instructor: Mark Edmundson Thursday, March 22, 2018| 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM FREE for Members and Nonmembers* This session will be held at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and is limited to 25 participants *Must send RSVP email to programs@writerhouse.org to attend Have you ever thought about writing an essay or short story or even a novel but just didn't know how to get started? Or, maybe you started writing something but got stuck and now it is collecting dust. In…

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Festival of the Book Workshop: Insider’s Guide to Literary Agents

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Howard Yoon $60 Members | $75 Nonmembers Friday, March 23, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM You've written the next great American novel, but how marketable is your book and how do you find an agent who can be your champion? What are the secrets that no one tells you about finding an agent, secrets that might help you get on the fast track to getting your work published? How does a publisher decide to buy your book and…

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April 2018

The Top Five Editorial Mistakes I See: A Brown Bag Lunch with Jessica Hatch

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
New Dominion Bookstore, 404 East Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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April 3, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Free and Open to the Public This event will take place at New Dominion Bookshop Sometimes, it's hard to see the forest for the trees. In this interactive brownbag lunch & learn session, professional editor Jessica Hatch will uncover the "Top 5 Mistakes First-Time Writers Make" and take your completed manuscript from rough draft to polished prose. A post-presentation Q&A will be facilitated by WriterHouse Instructor Deborah Prum. Jessica Hatch is…

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Finding Your Voice/Structuring Your Nonfiction Work in Progress

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Elizabeth Howard $40 Members | $45 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/7/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Is your memoir, essay or non-fiction book better said in the first or third person? What point of view carries your intended emotional impact? How can you best focus and structure your story? How can you make your opening and developing thesis fully engage the reader? Students are asked to bring one page of their work illustrating the problem/question they would like to solve. The class will…

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