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August 2017

First Pages

August 4, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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September 2017

Literary Agents 101

September 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 9/30/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM You've written a novel. You've revised a novel. You've re-written and re-revised a novel. Now what? Landing an agent is daunting. In this one-day seminar we'll demystify the process: from research to contract. You'll learn how to find agents who represent your genre, and importantly, how to attract their attention. You'll get tips for condensing your brilliant book into a 3-4 line description. You'll…

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October 2017

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid: Writing Stories to Scare Your Readers

October 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 10/28/17 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM We like being scared and, admit it, scaring our readers. So, how do we do just that? What do we need to consider to produce a tale that has to be read with the lights on and, preferably, not alone? What keeps us reading when we are afraid? Watching yet another horror movie? We will ponder these questions, consider fear and terror and write…

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November 2017

Finding Your Story’s Sweet Spot (Class is Full!)

November 8, 2017 @ 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 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/20/17 - 11/8/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM What sets a great short story apart from its mediocre cousins? How do award-winning short story writers use dialogue, character, and action to build layered, lively scenes that plunge us into life's mysteries, compelling us to keep turning pages? We'll dissect a handful of short stories from the masters and write our own from scratch, workshopping them into polished drafts. Come prepared to read…

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Magical Realism

November 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 11/11/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 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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January 2018

Taking Risks in Writing for Children – Session is Full!

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kathryn Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 1/27/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pushing the envelope with structure, language, culture, magical realism, social issues—what can children, and more importantly, editors and educators handle? Course fee includes a copy of The Incredible Magic of Being (given to you when you sign up) to read before the seminar as a mentor text. We’ll discuss other books for young readers as well as your own manuscripts and ideas. About the Instructor: Kathryn…

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March 2018

Write a Story in a Day Fiction Retreat (Only 4 Spots left!)

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $99 Members | $110 Nonmembers Sunday, 3/4/18 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sometimes scenes we witness in restaurants, or on streets, buses, planes, and trains inspire us to think, “What a character! There’s a story—but what is it?” That’s up to you, fiction writer. But there’s no fiction without a character. Invite your imaginary protagonist to this daylong writing party—you don’t need to know them well. Bring a picture—from a magazine, newspaper, or (heh-heh) your own…

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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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