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March 2018

Daytime Fiction: Revision/Precision Toolbox

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/17/18 - 3/7/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM This course pairs workshopping with close reading of outside texts that demonstrate success in a spectrum of classic craft challenges. We will address issues of narrative tension, clichés of the body, verisimilitude, writing emotion, point-of-view filtering and more. Pairing reading and workshopping will help writers understand their own craft challenges as well as how expert writers succeed with the same challenges. Knowing what…

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Evening Fiction: Inventing Reality – Session is Full!

March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/17/18 - 3/7/18  | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Fiction is life sifted through imagination. In this class we will ask what, then, makes good fiction of every genre feel so “real” and how we can achieve this effect in our own work. We’ll read short stories, novel excerpts and craft pieces, write our own fiction, and discuss each other’s work in a supportive workshop setting. We will also compare notes on…

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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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April 2018

Putting the Pen to the Page: Beginning Your Novel

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM "A first line should open up your rib cage. It should reach in and twist your heart backward. It should suggest that the world will never be the same again." - Colum McCann, Letters to a Young Writer In an attempt to model craft techniques used by accomplished authors, this class will utilize published excerpts and in-class writing prompts to begin the…

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May 2018

Care and Feeding of Compelling Characters

May 12 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Clifford Garstang $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/12/18 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM One of the essential hallmarks of vivid fiction is the presence of compelling characters. Readers may love them or hate them, but if they don't care what happens to the characters, they are unlikely to keep reading about them. In this half-day seminar, we'll look at techniques for drawing round (as opposed to flat) characters who will attract and keep the interest of readers.…

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Free Members-Only Event: Essential Tools for Writing a Picture Book Biography

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Katherine Erskine FREE for WriterHouse Member Wednesday, 5/16/18 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Kathryn Erskine shares her research, approach, and multiple drafts of the recent award-winning Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with her Song, along with the key elements in writing a successful picture book biography. Come ready to try rooibos tea and cookies from South Africa. About the Instructor: Kathryn Erskine is the author of six children’s novels including National Book Award winner, Mockingbird, Jane…

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An Evening of Fiction with Writers Fran Hawthorne (The Heirs) and Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder)

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New Dominion Bookstore, 404 East Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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May 18, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM This event will take place at New Dominion Bookshop 404 East Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Join us for an evening of fiction with Fran Hawthorne (The Heirs) and Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder). This event is cosponsored by New Dominion Bookshop and is free and open to the public. Until now, Fran Hawthorne spent more than three decades writing award-winning nonfiction, mainly about consumer activism and business social responsibility. Her book Ethical…

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The Writer’s Lens

May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, May 20 2018 | 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Our best fiction writers are famous for crafting breathtaking stories from everyday experiences, stories that stop us dead in our tracks with wonder. Why does that character jump off the page? Why does that setting grab us by the throat? How did the author engineer the “turn” that surprises, delights, or shocks us? In this class, we’ll closely read a masterful story…

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Daytime Fiction: Revision Precision Toolbox II

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays, 4/2/18 - 5/21/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Revision Precision Toolbox II – This course pairs workshopping with close reading of outside texts that demonstrate success in a spectrum of classic craft challenges. We will address issues such as narrative tension, verisimilitude, writing emotion, point-of-view , and more. Pairing reading and workshopping will help writers understand their own craft challenges as well as how expert writers address and succeed with the…

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Fiction/Nonfiction Generative Workshop (Class is Full!)

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 4/4/18 - 5/23/18 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM No time for homework? No problem. We’ll do all the writing and critique work in class, so you don’t have to do it at home. Each session will begin with a short meditation to clear our heads. Then the instructor will lead participants through a series of prompts that build on each other and move toward the goal of completing a cohesive…

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Evening Fiction: Craft, Second Draft, and Beyond (Class is Full!)

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 4/4/18 - 5/23/18  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM In writing fiction we begin with what fascinates, dogs, startles us—“You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment” Annie Dillard tells us. The writing process is about making that astonishment live outside ourselves, on the page, so that any reader anywhere can feel it, too. In this class we will sharpen our fiction-writing tools, develop strategies to…

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June 2018

Picture Book Boot Camp

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $80 Members | $87 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/2/18  | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM What makes picture books so magical? The alchemy of text and art creates a unique medium for a story, turning it into something more than just the combination of works and pictures. It might seem like a mystery, but writing picture books is far from impossible -- it just takes a special set of skills and a peek behind the curtain. Hannah Barnaby --…

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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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The Sexy Art of Critiquing Manuscripts

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/23/18  | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM No matter the genre, writers need high-quality feedback to take their work from draft to done. But where do you start? Structure? Character development? Line edits? How can you ensure that what you offer is what the writer really needs?  Successful critiquing should be satisfying for both the giver and the receiver of the critique. During this three-hour session, you’ll learn how to align your feedback…

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Igniting Your Flash Fiction

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Robert Boucheron $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/23/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Flash fiction is prose less than 1000 words, with a definite story and sharply drawn characters. It can often be written in one or two sittings. We will analyze a few published examples, look at magazines that publish flash, engage in some writing exercises, read aloud, and comment. If it sounds a bit like theater improv, just say yes. About the instructor: Robert Boucheron…

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Fiction/Nonfiction Generative Workshop – Session is Full!

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 6/6/18 - 7/11/18  | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM No time for homework? No problem. We’ll do all the writing and critique work in class, so you don’t have to do it at home. Each session will begin with a short meditation to clear our heads. Then the instructor will lead participants through a series of prompts that build on each other and move toward the goal of completing a cohesive story,…

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A Writer’s Diamonds: Similes, Metaphors, Rhythm and Style

June 30 @ 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, 6/30/18  | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Have you ever noticed that some words clarify while other words sing?  That some sentences explain while others sparkle?  That phrases stand like statues or skip like sparrows? Often the difference has to do with hidden bits of style invoked by those who sprinkle their manuscripts with imaginative diamonds--similes, metaphors, and rhythms--unusual comparisons that separate good writers from great.  In this interactive WriterHouse course we…

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July 2018

Evening Fiction: Craft, Second Draft, and Beyond – Class is Full!

July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 6/5/18 - 7/10/18  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM In writing fiction we begin with what fascinates, dogs, startles us—“You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment” Annie Dillard tells us. The writing process is about making that astonishment live outside ourselves, on the page, so that any reader anywhere can feel it, too. In this class we will sharpen our fiction-writing tools, develop strategies to…

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Fiction/Nonfiction Generative Workshop

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on July 10, 2018 at 10:00am

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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 6/6/18 – 7/11/18  | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM No time for homework? No problem. We’ll do all the writing and critique work in class, so you don’t have to do it at home. Each session will begin with a short meditation to clear our heads. Then the instructor will lead participants through a series of prompts that build on each other and move toward the goal of completing a cohesive story,…

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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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