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March 2019

Deftly Delivering Dynamic Dialogue (This seminar is full!)

March 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, 3/2/19 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM How your characters speak (or don’t speak) is a key way your readers will get to know them.  Are they eloquent?  Overly articulate?  Academic?  Or are they subtle, scheming, a quiet keeper of dark secrets?  The way they talk will help reveal them—if you’re thoughtful about it.  In this seminar we will focus on key ways of thinking about dialogue patterns, some core techniques…

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Brown Bag Craft Expo

March 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $95 Members | $105 Nonmembers Thursdays, 1/17/19 - 3/7/19 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Through interactive writing and reading exercises, we will explore basic story elements – such as narrative tension, scene, and dialog – with an eye toward how the pieces of story fit together and how we manipulate them to set readers’ expectations in our work. Whether you’re new to thinking about craft, or you want to brush up on what some of the…

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Finding Your Story’s Sweet Spot: What Does Your Character Want?

March 12 @ 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$189 Members | $210 NonmembersWednesdays, 1/16/19 - 3/6/19 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PMFinding your story’s “sweet spot” requires identifying your character’s longing. What drives every word and deed, creating the necessary conflict that motivates readers to turn pages? In early drafts we often can’t answer the simple question: What specific, tangible “want” makes this character act this way?In class, we'll discuss published short stories such as Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies” and Ethan Canin’s “Pitch Memory,” among…

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Screenwriting 101

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Michael Cordell $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/16/19 - 3/6/19 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting to increase the odds of getting your script read. This class will cover key elements of screenwriting, including story structure, character development, dialogue, and exposition. We'll talk about how Hollywood thinks (to the extent that anyone knows how Hollywood thinks). Students will also have the opportunity to submit a story outline or the first ten pages of…

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Advanced Fiction: Building Dramatic Tension

March 14 @ 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 $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 1/17/19 - 3/7/19 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Do you aim to have readers dashing through your short fiction or unable to put your novel down after finishing a chapter? This workshop class will focus on developing dramatic tension, that quality in effective fiction that keeps readers moving from page to page. Participants will have the opportunity for two workshops of their writing as well as other feedback opportunities. Students…

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Make-up Session

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler This is a one-time make-up session for select students.

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April 2019

Advanced Fiction Workshop: Focus on Craft

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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  In this workshop, we will talk about how fiction works. Why do we love the stories we love? What tools did the author employ to affect us as readers? Each week, we'll begin by discussing a story by a published author, looking at traditional craft elements (such as setting, detail, characterization, and dialogue) as well as other less concrete, but equally important aspects of narrative: tension, tone, the balancing of mystery and clarity, use of humor, handling of intimacy,…

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Daytime Craft Intensive: Find Your Voice

April 30 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $94.50 Members | $105 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 4/9/19 - 4/30/19 | 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM (FOUR-WEEK CLASS) Open to fiction and nonfiction writers alike, this course is aimed toward work that’s giving you a runaround. You can’t bring yourself to scrap it, but you can’t quite place what’s driving it, either. Students will submit a ten-page sample from this troubling work ahead of time, and the course will shape itself both around workshopping these excerpts and around…

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May 2019

Putting the Pen to the Page: Drafting Your Novel in One Year (This Class is Full!)

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Tuesdays, 9/11/18 - 5/21/19** | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM *Payment plans of $335 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. Overview: Putting the Pen to the Page is an opportunity for writers to study the craft of creative writing, share and workshop portions of their novel manuscript, provide and receive constructive criticism, and work with a published author at an MFA-level of instruction as they write…

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Mystery Writing (Ongoing Spring Term Class)

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 14, 2019

One event on May 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Meredith Cole

Instructor: Meredith Cole $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 3/26/19 - 5/14/19 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM What makes a book a page-turner? And how do you keep suspense building and propel your story to an exciting climax? In this class, we’ll explore different mystery genres, from traditional to cozy to thriller, and work on crafting a story that both entertains and satisfies your readers. You’ll learn how to construct a plot, plant clues, and develop fascinating characters. Through…

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Advanced Fiction Workshop: Focus on Craft (Ongoing Spring Term Class)

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 30, 2019

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 4/11/19 – 5/30/19 | 6:00 pm  – 8:30 pm In this workshop, we will talk about how fiction works. Why do we love the stories we love? What tools did the author employ to affect us as readers? Each week, we'll begin by discussing a story by a published author, looking at traditional craft elements (such as setting, detail, characterization, and dialogue) as well as other less concrete, but equally important…

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Daytime Fiction: Reality-Based Fiction Writing (Ongoing Spring Term Class)

May 31 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Friday, repeating until May 17, 2019

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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Seth Clabough $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Fridays, 3/29/19 – 5/17/19 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm What do established writers say about the importance, practice, challenges, and limits of rooting fiction in actual experiences? In this class, we'll discuss and consider examples and applications by writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Participants will also have the opportunity to utilize this approach to reconsider their current projects and to develop and workshop their own…

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June 2019

Structuring Your Book (Only 3 spots left!)

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/15/19 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Have a great idea for a book but no idea where to start? Do you have a first draft and now you're ready to shape it? Or has your book stalled because you don't know where to go next? Participate in this seminar to learn about a variety of story structures and planning techniques that can help with your book. Writing a book-length work…

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Get Work Done: Evaluating and Planning Structure for Your Book

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/29/19 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Are you ready to plan or revise your book? Stuck in the writing process because your book's path is unclear? Join this seminar to roll up your sleeves and do some evaluation or planning for your book. Participants will apply several techniques to identifying or evaluating the structure of their work in progress. You'll gain experience in the techniques and leave with a more…

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August 2019

Why Then? Why There? Setting Fiction in Time and Place

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Cliff Garstang $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 8/3/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In this seminar we will examine the implications of making particular choices for the setting of a work of fiction. Does it matter when the story takes place? Does it matter if the narrative is current or retrospective? And how can the writer use the physical setting to deepen the reader’s engagement with the work. Through examination of well-known works, both stories and novels,…

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Gender Benders: Exploring the “Other”

August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 8/4/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Suppose you identify as female but want to write a male’s point of view? Literature would suffer if writers failed to explore characters of the “other” gender, male or trans. Gender refers to individuals’ concept of themselves; sex refers to biological differences. Not every female is nurturing and emotionally expressive; all males aren’t silent and emotionally distant. Not only do socialization and embedded cultural…

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Crafting Successful Characters in Children’s Literature

August 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kathy Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Tuesday, 8/6/19 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Characters can make or break your story, whether you’re writing picture books, early readers, or middle grade and young adult novels. We’ll talk about how to make caustic characters engaging, bland characters attention-grabbing, and all characters feel like real people. This is a hands-on workshop so come prepared to do exercises in class—not sit-ups and pushups … unless, of course, that’s what your character…

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Summer Novel Starter (This class is full!)

August 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 14, 2019

One event on August 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Randall Klein $300 Members | $330 Nonmembers TEN Wednesdays, 6/5/19 – 8/14/19 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm It's summer! You can accomplish a lot or you can accomplish just a little. BUT, if it is on your bucket list to start a first draft of a novel guided by a seasoned veteran of the writing world, why would you say no?  This class is designed to help writers start a novel in any genre in a condensed and…

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September 2019

Putting the Pen to the Page: Drafting Your Novel in One Year (This class is full!)

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Mondays, 9/9/19 - 5/21/20** | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM *Payment plans of $335 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS PASSED.   Overview: Putting the Pen to the Page is an opportunity for writers to study the craft of creative writing, share and workshop portions of their novel manuscript, provide and receive constructive criticism, and work with a…

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Writing, Revising, Pitching: Getting Your Novel Out of the Drawer and Off to Market (This class is full!)

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Randall Klein $1299* Members | $1299* Nonmembers Select Mondays 1/14/19 – 9/23/19 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM *Payment plans of $412 per quarter (3 quarters) will be available to students accepted into this program.   Overview: For most novelists, the ultimate goal is to get published. Before that, however, comes much revision, along with some frustration and confusion at a seemingly impenetrable system of submission, waiting, and hoping. Writing, Revising, Pitching is a class for people who have…

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