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June 2018

Revisiting the Sonnet

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/9/18  | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM The sonnet is the room in the house of poetry that just won't go away. It is unassuming - a small bedroom perhaps - yet essential. Why do we still write sonnets? How should you write one? What do they mean?  This seminar will explore these questions by thinking on the history of the sonnet, the contemporary variety of sonnets, the use of the sonnet…

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Jump-Start Your Narrative

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Ariel Stess $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/16/18 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Have you been trying to start a new play, short story, memoir, or novel? Or, are you in the middle of writing a new piece and feeling stuck? This workshop will help you to step outside of your familiar modes of writing to create characters, worlds, and settings that surprise you. Students are asked to bring paper, a pen, and a desire to generate…

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Brand New Jew, A DNA Comedy by Monica Bauer

June 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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What happens when a DNA test gives an adoptee a brand new view…of herself? Playwright and performer Monica Bauer (Edinburgh Fringe Festival's “The Year I Was Gifted”) takes on her own unexpected results, along with a cast of comical characters, including a reassuring Rabbi, a Brit who’s not British, and Judy from Atlanta, who may be related to George Clooney. Biology, religion, and culture are all fair game in this Comedy of Identity Errors. Raised Catholic, but expelled from St. Agnes school…

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July 2018

Reading featuring Novelist Andrew Martin

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New Dominion Bookstore, 404 East Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM This event will be held at New Dominion Bookshop 404 East Main, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Join us for a reading with novelist Andrew Martin, who will be reading from his debut novel, Early Work. This event is cosponsored by New Dominion Bookshop and will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For young writers of a certain temperament—if they haven’t had such notions beaten out of them…

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Strong Openings: Right from the Start

July 22
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Noley Reid $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 7/22/18  | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM After the title, a short story’s opening can make or break its connection with a reader. After all, the first words, first sentence, first paragraph are the most visible and the spot where most readers, editors, and agents decide to stop reading altogether. In this workshop, we will examine the openings to dozens of well-published authors’ short stories, noting the many techniques used and how…

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Reading Featuring Visiting Author Noley Reid

July 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join us as visiting author Noley Reid shares excerpts from her acclaimed novel Pretend We Are Lovely. A book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public. If you love what you hear, stay for her seminar Strong Openings: Right from the Start. About the Instructor: Noley Reid is the author of the new novel Pretend We Are Lovely, which The O, Oprah Magazine calls “scrumptious.”  Her fiction and nonfiction appear in The Rumpus, The Lily, Bustle, Tin House,…

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August 2018

Plot Part One: From Concept to Story Arc

August 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Wednesday, 8/1/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM This four-hour creative writing workshop with author Max Sheridan will show aspiring and more experienced writers how to concept and develop plots for their stories. Using Kurt Vonnegut’s ideas on “story shapes” as a springboard, we’ll see how plots typically evolve according to basic principles. We’ll also look at the ideas of pacing (a story’s rhythm) and conflict (tension), and explore two different techniques for…

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Plot Part Two: Plot in Action

August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Thursday, 8/2/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Just like good music in a movie, when plots are done right, you might not even notice them. In this second four-hour workshop, we’ll be looking at actual plots from stories that work and then taking them apart to see why. After that, we’ll see how the missing piece in this puzzle—character—interacts with plot to turn a concept into a relatable, gripping story. Participation in…

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Write On! Comic Book Writing Camp

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Laura Lee Gulledge Cost: $125.000 Saturday, August 4, 2018, and Sunday, August 5, 2018  | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM This special weekend workshop is for 12-17 year-olds interested in making COMICS! Critically acclaimed graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge will share her techniques for telling stories through words and pictures, sharing original artifacts and demonstrating the process drawing live with the group. Participants will then develop their own original characters and make their own six-panel mini comic book using Laura Lee's…

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September 2018

How to Promote Yourself and Your Work: A Brown-Bag Lunch Talk

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
New Dominion Bookstore, 404 East Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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**This Event will take place at New Dominion Bookshop In this interactive brown-bag lunch & learn from copywriter and brand strategist Elizabeth Hope Derby, uncover “How to Promote Yourself and Your Work (Without Feeling Like a Fraud or a Sleazeball).” This event will be free and open to the public. Bring your lunch if you wish! This event is co-sponsored by New Dominion Bookshop, the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, located in Historic Downtown Charlottesville Elizabeth Hope Derby is a…

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First Fridays Art Opening with Philip Marlin

September 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join us for food, wine, and lively conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Philip Marlin. His exhibition titled Abstract by Intuition is free and open to the public. About the artist: Philip Jay Marlin was born in Queens, NYC, on October 16, 1963, to Rebecca and Kenneth, who had a short-lived marriage.  The memory of his mother initiates all of his work. After all, it was his mother who introduced him to acrylic painting when he was ten years old.…

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Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

September 19 @ 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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Plot. Stakes. Tension

September 22 @ 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

2018 Words and Wine Celebration

October 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Art Gallery @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Art Gallery at Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street (across from WriterHouse) Tickets: $50 per person Sponsorship*: Best Seller ($250), Pulitzer ($500), and Nobel ($1,000) It's time for Words and Wine, the signature annual fundraiser for WriterHouse, an organization whose mission is to promote the creation and appreciation of literature and to encourage the development of writers at all levels by providing affordable, secure workspace and meeting space, high quality writing instruction, and literary events for the public. Join us for…

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You Can Control Time

October 13 @ 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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Reading & Signing by Doug Lawson

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New Dominion Bookstore, 404 East Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Visit New Dominion Bookshop for a reading with short story writers Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants) and Doug Lawson (Bigfoots in Paradise). A signing will follow. This event is co-sponsored by WriterHouse and is free and open to the public. Doug will also be teaching a half-day seminar on Crafting Irresistible Characters at WriterHouse on Saturday, October 27.

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Capricious, Courageous, Captivating: Crafting Irresistible Characters (Only 1 slot left!)

October 27 @ 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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November 2018

First Fridays Art Opening, “World Horizons” with Judy McLeod

November 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Reunion

Horizons “Water, water, everywhere …..” in the many-colored oceans, in the many-colored skies, in the lakes and rivers, the flora, the fauna, and in ourselves. Water is the essential force and the natural resource that constitutes and connects everything we know on Planet Earth, life. My good fortune took me, for several years, sailing around the world, my ship a small vessel in the vastness of the oceans of Planet Earth. This tiny speck of Planet Earth is huge and…

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Reading & Signing by Donna Isaac

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Teacher/ poet Donna Isaac will read from her 2018 poetry book, Footfalls (Pocahontas Press), which celebrates her formative homes in Appalachian regions and touches on folk, bluegrass, and mountain music especially as collected by John and Allan Lomax. Refreshments will be served, and Donna will sign books after the reading. Donna grew up in several Virginia areas as well as in North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. She holds a B.A. in English from James Madison University, an M.A. in English…

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Fall Class Reading and Open House

November 13 @ 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 2018 fall 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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