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August 2018

Plot Part One: From Concept to Story Arc

August 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Wednesday, 8/1/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM This four-hour creative writing workshop with author Max Sheridan will show aspiring and more experienced writers how to concept and develop plots for their stories. Using Kurt Vonnegut’s ideas on “story shapes” as a springboard, we’ll see how plots typically evolve according to basic principles. We’ll also look at the ideas of pacing (a story’s rhythm) and conflict (tension), and explore two different techniques for…

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Plot Part Two: Plot in Action

August 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Thursday, 8/2/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Just like good music in a movie, when plots are done right, you might not even notice them. In this second four-hour workshop, we’ll be looking at actual plots from stories that work and then taking them apart to see why. After that, we’ll see how the missing piece in this puzzle—character—interacts with plot to turn a concept into a relatable, gripping story. Participation in…

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Crafting Irresistible Characters

August 3, 2018 @ 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, 10/27/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM What is it that makes a character truly, madly, deeply memorable—so uniquely gripping that they can’t be forgotten, so quirky that you can’t help but love them, hate them, want to take them home with you and cook them dinner? In this seminar, we’ll look at some examples of great characters from stories in different mediums (stories, novels, movies, TV) and see if we…

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September 2018

Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

September 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 11/7/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Students in this class should have made significant strides on the beginning of a novel. We will workshop the first 50 pages, in 25-page increments. Through close reading of each other’s work, and of some literary texts, students will gain insights to help them zero in where the beating heart of their budding novels is strongest, identify which craft issues need the…

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Plot. Stakes. Tension

September 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Crystal Hana Kim $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 9/22/18 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM These three terms are often used interchangeably when we talk about the craft of writing. How are these three terms different and how do they work together to keep the reader interested? In this seminar, we will discuss how to effectively create and maintain dramatic tension in fiction by closely reading a short story together. We will then examine our own characters to…

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October 2018

Novel 101: Premise, Story, Character (This Class is Full!)

October 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bruce Holsinger $94.50 Members | $105 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 10/10/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM This series of four evening workshops will be devoted to the conception and development of participants’ novels in progress. Whether you’ve sketched out a few pages of a fantasy epic or completed a work of historical fiction, this class is intended to help you begin shaping (or reshaping) your novel into a manuscript responsive to the conventions and expectations of the contemporary…

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You Can Control Time

October 13, 2018 @ 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, 10/13/18 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Time is an important instrument in your fiction-writing toolbox. In this four-hour seminar, we will learn about the many ways you can play with the speed at which things happen in your stories and novels. We’ll read examples of authors making ample, even wild use of the possibilities, and we’ll do some writing and experimenting of our own. About the Instructor: Amanda Korman is…

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Capricious, Courageous, Captivating: Crafting Irresistible Characters (Only 1 slot left!)

October 27, 2018 @ 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, 10/27/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM What is it that makes a character truly, madly, deeply memorable—so uniquely gripping that they can’t be forgotten, so quirky that you can’t help but love them, hate them, want to take them home with you and cook them dinner? In this seminar, we’ll look at some examples of great characters from stories in different mediums (stories, novels, movies, TV) and see if we…

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November 2018

Advanced Fiction: Voice and Character

November 8, 2018 @ 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, 9/20/18 - 11/8/18 | 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 peers, both…

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Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

November 14, 2018 @ 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, 9/19/18 - 11/14/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM NOTE: THE CLASS WILL NOT MEET ON OCTOBER 3! Students in this class should have made significant strides on the beginning of a novel. We will workshop the first 50 pages, in 25-page increments. Through close reading of each other’s work, and of some literary texts, students will gain insights to help them zero in where the beating heart of their budding…

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Pathways to Picture Book Publishing

November 16, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Fridays, 9/21/18 - 11/9/18 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 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…

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January 2019

Revision Essentials (only 3 spots left!)

January 26 @ 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, 1/26/19 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM “Several delusions weaken the writer’s resolve to throw away work. If he has read his pages too often, those pages will have a necessary quality, the ring of the inevitable, like poetry known by heart; they will perfectly answer their own familiar rhythms. He will retain them. He may retain those pages if they possess some virtues, such as power in themselves, though they…

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February 2019

Once Upon A Time All Over Again: Retelling Fairytales

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/2/19 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM All fairy tales are retellings, from the stories remembered and passed on through the oral tradition of the folk tale, to the modern versions seen on TV and in film.  Each retelling is a reinterpretation and a reimagining in a different context of history, society, and culture. A retelling, then, is a conundrum for the writer: how true to the original (and which original)? In…

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

March 11 @ 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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Putting the Pen to the Page: Drafting Your Novel in One Year (This Class is Full!)

March 12 @ 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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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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