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August 2016

The Narrative Moment: When/Where to Start Your Story

August 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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The Narrative Moment: When/Where to Start Your Story Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Cost: $40 Members | $50 Non-members This seminar is all about timing. Where a story begins—whether it be a short story, novel, or creative nonfiction work, determines whether you grab your reader’s attention. We’ll look at a series of successful beginnings and look at commonalities. Seminar discussion with center on what the narrative moment is and how writers choose wisely when and…

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October 2016

The Art of Writing Magical Realism

October 22, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Magical Realism is more than just the presence of the supernatural in a story. It is the forgivable intrusion of dream into reality. To write it successfully, the author must possess conviction, must believe in the unreal to such an extent that the reader is inspired to suspend not just disbelief but the hard distinction between ordinary and miraculous. In this class, we…

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Horror Writing: The Love of Fear

October 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:30 PM "Our hearts pound, our breathing quickens"... the fire burns down low and the shadows get closer, and "we do our best to scare the daylights out of each other..." Admit it, we LIKE to be scared. Why and how and what is horrific? The class will examine the horrific and the scary and write their own nightmares. Golden Gryphon Press author Warren Rochelle…

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November 2016

Serious Absurdity: Writing Successful Satire

November 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Serious Absurdity: Writing Successful Satire Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:30 PM In satire, we expose the absurdity of society by taking seriously what society calls absurd. It is an ancient, easy to understand form, but poignant, effective satire is difficult to master. All too often, we writers are seduced off course by the alluring freedom of wackiness or the call of the gratuitous chuckle. In this class, we will…

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Evening Fiction Workshop: First Chapters

November 17, 2016 @ 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 Thursdays, September 22 -November 10, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM A novel's first chapter is key to grab readers and keep them turning pages. This workshop will provide writers the opportunity to workshop a novel first chapter, revision of the same first chapter, and a third workshop of either another novel first chapter, another first chapter revision, or a second chapter. To inform our process, we will read successful first…

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Advanced Fiction: Voice and Character Development

November 21, 2016 @ 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 Mondays, September 19 -November 07, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM This workshop-heavy class will provide writers at least three opportunities to have a full class workshop. Students will have one-on-one feedback sessions with both instructor and classmates. 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…

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January 2017

Publishing Your Fiction

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Doug Lawson Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM “A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.” --Edna St. Vincent Millay You've written it. Edited it. Gotten feedback. Edited it some more. And now you're ready to send it out... somewhere. Somehow. In this seminar,…

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February 2017

How a Draft Becomes a Novel

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Okay, so you made it through NaNoWriMo and now you've got . . . something that sort of resembles a novel. Congratulations! And now what? REVISION. It's a word that often inspires fear, but it shouldn't. The art of revision is taking the raw material of a draft and shaping it into something more polished after looking at your story critically and objectively…

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Magical Realism

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 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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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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One event on an unspecified date at 6:30pm

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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Advanced Novel

March 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 6:30pm

One event on an unspecified date at 6:30pm

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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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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Evening Fiction

March 21 @ 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

March 22 @ 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

March 22 @ 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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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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