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February 2017

Daytime Fiction

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Brady Earnhart Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, January 10 - February 28, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM The aim of this course is to develop students’ facility in key elements of lively, powerful prose: vivid, precise diction and specific details; thematic coherence; appropriate organization and point of view; figurative language, including metaphor; and the modulation of tone and pacing in accordance with circumstances, genre, and audience. To this end, the course offers a combination…

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March 2017

Advanced Short Story – 1 spot left

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, January 18 – March 8, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Thinking of ditching those old drafts, but itching to write new ones? Maybe those old drafts aren’t ready for the trash, yet there's work ahead to get them submission-ready. Maybe the ending's not “there,” the character’s not developed, the backstory overwhelms the front story. Maybe the story really starts on page two? Maybe these stories could be…

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Evening Fiction

March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until March 13, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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This introductory course in the art of fiction writing will focus mainly on the short story form. This rigorous and rewarding class will give students a solid base in the fundamentals of writing fiction, as well as the opportunity to broaden their reading.

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Advanced Novel: Structuring Chapters and Scenes

March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, January 10 – February 28, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM This workshop-heavy class will provide writers at least three opportunities to have a full class workshop. 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 orally and in writing, throughout the…

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Daytime Fiction

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Brady Earnhart Cost: $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers 8 Tuesdays, March 21, 2017 - May 9, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM The aim of this course is to develop students’ facility in key elements of lively, powerful prose: vivid, precise diction and specific details; thematic coherence; appropriate organization and point of view; figurative language, including metaphor; and the modulation of tone and pacing in accordance with circumstances, genre, and audience. To this end, the course offers a…

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Writing the Seductive First Sentence – Session is Full!

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Laurie Stone Cost: $45 Members | $50 Non-members Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM “A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” —Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951) Where does a story start, and how does the first sentence suck the reader into the narrator’s world? What does it take to write sentences that function as mini-stories? We…

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How to Write Books Readers Can’t Put Down

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Ann Garvin Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM All stories, whether you are amusing your friends at a picnic or entertaining family at a reunion, are made up of a beginning, middle, and end. How to know where to start, what your middle should look like, and when to finish is the stuff of best sellers and great stories. Once you understand structure, cohesion, and the most compelling way to tell…

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April 2017

Monsters and Story: Werewolves, Leviathans, Dragons….

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Creatures out of our nightmares, denizens of the shadows, yes, and inhabitants of fantasy and science fiction, and the human variety, are often found in literary fiction. Symbols? Metaphor? Evil made flesh. In this seminar we will discuss and examine monsters and their appearances in various stories and then select one of our own and begin a tale with this creature…

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Make-Up Class for Evening Fiction

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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This is a make-up session for the Evening Fiction class taught by Phil Jason. It is closed to the public.

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May 2017

Evening Fiction

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 9, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, 3/21/17 - 5/9/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM In this class, we will explore the territory outside the rules that we were taught dogmatically back when we first learned how to write, many of which choke the very best voices inside ourselves. Through fun, unusual exercises, students will be challenged to discover the vast realm of possibilities beyond the idea of right and wrong. We’ll also take a look…

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Evening Advanced Mystery Writing

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 10, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Meredith Cole Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, 3/22/17 - 5/10/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM This advanced course is for writers who have already written a mystery or have tried their hand at a first draft, and would like to take their writing to the next level. In this class, students will receive both in-depth instructor and peer feedback for up to 8,000 words of their mystery novel. Through the revision process, students will learn…

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Advanced Short Story

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 10, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, 3/22/17 - 5/10/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Thinking of ditching those old drafts, but itching to write new ones? Maybe those old drafts aren’t ready for the trash, yet there’s work ahead to get them submission-ready. Maybe the ending’s not “there,” the character’s not developed, the backstory overwhelms the front story. Maybe the story really starts on page two? Maybe these stories could be resuscitated, if you’re…

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Advanced Novel

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 5 Mondays, March 20, 2017  – May 15, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM *This class meets every other week. Please see the calendar for specific dates. This workshop class, crafted particularly with novelists' needs in mind, will enable writers to share larger novel portions for workshop (several chapters at a time) and ultimately get feedback for more their book-length work in one class. The class will meet every other week for five 3-hour class sessions, and…

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June 2017

Apocalypse Now: Turning Disasters into Blockbusters

June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Adam Roux Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday, 6/04/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Why do natural and man-made disasters fascinate us so much? Contemporary fiction is filled with riveting stories of how humans have survived or been annihilated by catastrophes such as climate change, earthquakes, and nuclear war. In this seminar, we'll examine how writers address the high-octane anxieties of our time then find our own approaches to these concerns through the craft of short fiction.…

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Daytime Fiction

June 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 28, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 - 6/28/17 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Building Character Convincing readers that the characters you’ve imagined are full, complex human beings is essential to creating effective fiction. In this class, we’ll focus on how to construct the people that will populate your fiction by studying techniques used by writers such as Ottessa Moshfegh, Flannery O’Connor, ZZ Packer, and Joy Williams. Nichole LeFebvre is an MFA candidate in…

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Evening Fiction: Introduction to Flash Fiction

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 28, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 - 6/28/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Flash Fiction is probably not new (certainly it was hard to write a novel when you were living in a cave, running from predators and had a vocabulary of only two hundred words), but the advent of Internet publishing has brought significantly more attention to the short short form (stories under 1000 words). Still, it remains a difficult genre to…

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July 2017

Makeup Class for Daytime Fiction

July 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 – 6/28/17 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Building Character Convincing readers that the characters you’ve imagined are full, complex human beings is essential to creating effective fiction. In this class, we’ll focus on how to construct the people that will populate your fiction by studying techniques used by writers such as Ottessa Moshfegh, Flannery O’Connor, ZZ Packer, and Joy Williams. Nichole LeFebvre is an MFA candidate in…

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August 2017

First Pages

August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $139 Members | $147 Non-members Monday - Friday, 7/31/16 - 8/4/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM First pages possess an enormous significance. In the bible, the first page is where God creates the universe! In your own work, whether it’s a short story or a novel, fiction or nonfiction, it’s going to be where the reader enters whatever universe you’re creating or sharing. This is where you’re going to introduce them to things like your…

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So You Think You Wanna Novel?

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 8/5/17  | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM This seminar is intended for budding novelists, those who plan to start writing a novel or are in the process of writing a novel first draft. We’ll briefly discuss some basic aspects of writing and terms you should be aware of, which will help you know what to learn more about, if you haven’t already, before you get too deep into your book. We’ll also…

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After You Finish a Novel Draft: What’s Next?

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday 8/6/17  | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Congratulations! You have written a full draft of your novel or are nearing completion.  While one phase of work is done, another has just begun. This seminar will cover approaches to help you step back and get a clear sense of your novel as a whole. We’ll discuss several tools you can use when refining the structure of your narrative, and exercises to help you…

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