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August 2017

The Author Website: Your Most Important Storytelling Opportunity

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/8/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Whether your website is one day old or ten years old, you want to make sure the resources you’ve put into your site will pay off with more readers, more sales, and more opportunities for your career. Learn about best practices for design and content, the most important areas to focus on (what do visitors…

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The Email Newsletter: Your Most Important Engagement Tool

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/15/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  E-mail marketing is the No. 1 overlooked means of reader engagement when authors evaluate their overall platform. Being able to directly reach your readers, or most avid fans, is a powerful capability that every author should have. Thankfully, it’s easy to…

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Social Media for Authors: How to Make it Worth Your Time

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/22/17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Time is one of the most precious resources anyone has, so it’s a smart writer who asks, “Is this social media stuff really the best use of my time?” While it can be a highly subjective matter (every career has different…

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Content Strategy and Content Marketing: How to Attract Readers to You

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/29/17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Most authors have heard about blogging, but they don’t have a clue what it means to develop a content strategy or participate in a content marketing effort. For writers who want to see their online writing and activity pay off, it…

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September 2017

Art Opening with John Hancock

September 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Please join us for wine, cheese, and delightful conversation as we celebrate the artwork of John Hancock. About the Artist Born in 1956, I have lived throughout the Southeast and Midwest (from Atlanta to Wichita, from Titusville, FL to Charlottesville, VA). My father, a historian and educator, and my mother, a native of England and Ireland, encouraged my early curiosity about culture, nature, and my love of travel. Currently, my wife Mary and I live in Waynesboro, Virginia, a small town nestled in…

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Revising to Solve Common Craft Problems

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 9/23/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Ever heard these comments in a workshop? “I don’t think this story earned its ending.” “Where’s the urgency?” “Why this event right now?” This seminar addresses some common craft pitfalls that evoke these kinds of reader responses and keep a story from shining its brightest. Topics we’ll cover include narrative tension, clichés of the body, verisimilitude, point-of-view filtering, and more. Come prepared to do some…

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#TheWrite2Heal Community Write-In

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, 201 E. Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch McIntire Room Free and Open to the Public “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story within you” –Maya Angelou Healing is a right that belongs to all of us. Writing is one way to make sense of events that defy comprehension so they don’t have to live inside us. Writing unbinds us and prepares us for action. All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a little time. WriterHouse is collaborating with…

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Literary Agents 101

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 9/30/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM You've written a novel. You've revised a novel. You've re-written and re-revised a novel. Now what? Landing an agent is daunting. In this one-day seminar we'll demystify the process: from research to contract. You'll learn how to find agents who represent your genre, and importantly, how to attract their attention. You'll get tips for condensing your brilliant book into a 3-4 line description. You'll…

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October 2017

Secrets to Writing Every Day

October 1 @ 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 Sunday, 10/1/17 | 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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The Process: Finding the Right Voice; Finding the Right Publisher with Elizabeth Howard

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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At the death of her father, Charlottesville author Elizabeth Howard suddenly felt elevated to family elder. Her father—a former New York ad man, writer and gentle teacher—had been her lifelong role model. She sought guidance for her future years from the experts—including well-known older men and women like Walter Cronkite, Helen Thomas, Mayor Ed Koch and Rosa Parks. These interviews served as the foundation for Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well. During this informal session, Elizabeth…

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Art Opening with Jean Sampson

October 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us for wine, cheese, and delightful conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Jean Sampson Rough-Water by Jean Sampson About the Artist:  Jean Sampson, a Charlottesville native, maintains a studio at McGuffey Art Center, originally the McGuffey Elementary School, from which she graduated in 1960. She has lived in her childhood home and the cottage her grandmother built right nextdoor, for most of her 71 years and now shares it with husband, Bill, and their cat, Hector. Jean,…

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Art of Recklessness: Surprise Yourself (Generative)

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chet'la Sebree $25 Members | $30 Non-members Saturday, 10/7/17 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Feeling like a one-trick pony in your poems? Looking to get out of your comfort zone to try something new? In the first installment of this lunchtime seminar series—that uses Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction as a guiding principle—we will discuss ways to surprise yourself in your writing practice using generative strategies that can act as a…

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Gunplay: Great Stories by Great American Writers on a Great American Subject with BettyJoyce Nash and Deirdra McAfee

October 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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BettyJoyce Nash & Deirdra McAfee introduce Lock & Load: Armed Fiction from the University of New Mexico Press Great stories by great American writers on a great American subject: guns. The editors will read, discuss, amuse, and inform. Please come for snacks, wine, and especially, the food for thought. Here’s what Roxana Robinson says about Lock & Load: “This is a powerful, challenging and often exquisite response to our lethally dangerous  gun culture. These stories reveal our complicated relationship to weapons, and offer…

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Art of Recklessness: Surprise Others (Subversion)

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jane Friedman $25 Members | $30 Non-members Saturday, 10/14/17 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM A good poem teaches a reader how to read it; however, many of these poems also subvert our expectations in meaningful and surprising ways. In the second installment of this lunchtime seminar series—that uses Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction as a guiding principle—we will discuss ways in which you can both create and subvert readers’ expectations through…

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Build a Website Workshop for Nontechies

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Candace Schoner $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 10/15/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM This workshop is designed for individuals and small business owners who want to build a professional website without spending nights, weekends, or even months without results. Those who attend will learn everything they need to design, build, and host a website, as well as the pros and cons to popular web design tools such as WordPress, Weebly and WIX. During the last half of…

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Art of Recklessness: Revision

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chet'la Sebree $25 Members | $30 Non-members Saturday, 10/21/17 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Want to revise a lifeless poem? Don’t know how? In the final installment of this lunchtime seminar series—that uses Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction as a guiding principle—we will look at two versions of the same poem as a way of discussing how to revise life into a well-crafted but otherwise flat poem. Chet’la Sebree, a mid-Atlantic…

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Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid: Writing Stories to Scare Your Readers

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 10/28/17 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM We like being scared and, admit it, scaring our readers. So, how do we do just that? What do we need to consider to produce a tale that has to be read with the lights on and, preferably, not alone? What keeps us reading when we are afraid? Watching yet another horror movie? We will ponder these questions, consider fear and terror and write…

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November 2017

The Making of a Debut Memoir: A Conversation about Lessons Learned and Tricks of the Trade

November 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join WriterHouse instructors Sharon Harrigan and Jennifer Niesslein as they talk about the missteps, lessons learned, and triumphs experienced while writing and publishing their debut memoirs. Learn what these authors wished they had known while we also celebrate the release of Sharon’s new book Playing with Dynamite, forthcoming from Truman State University Press in October 2017. Short story author and novelist Kristen-Paige Madonia will moderate this conversation. Advanced praise for Sharon’s Book: “For much of her life, Sharon Harrigan’s father…

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Writing Love

November 4 @ 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, 11/4/17 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM This seminar is for prose writers who are looking to make vivid the feelings—all the feelings, joyful and otherwise—of love. We’ll discuss fiction and nonfiction that explore loves of many kinds—familial, platonic, romantic, marital, extramarital, erotic—and we’ll work on ways to sharpen the portrayals of love in our own work. Amanda Korman is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly…

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Magical Realism

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 11/11/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Magical Realism is more than just the presence of the supernatural in a story. It is the forgivable intrusion of dream into reality. And it’s also a lot of fun. It affords us the opportunity to shake loose a little, to indulge the parts of us that sometimes wish the world was a little different than it is. Or maybe a lot different. Even…

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