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November 2016

Advanced Fiction: Voice and Character Development

November 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating until November 21, 2016

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 March 13, 2017 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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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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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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April 2017

Monsters and Story: Werewolves, Leviathans, Dragons….

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Creatures out of our nightmares, denizens of the shadows, yes, and inhabitants of fantasy and science fiction, and the human variety, are often found in literary fiction. Symbols? Metaphor? Evil made flesh. In this seminar we will discuss and examine monsters and their appearances in various stories and then select one of our own and begin a tale with this creature…

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Make-Up Class for Evening Fiction

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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This is a make-up session for the Evening Fiction class taught by Phil Jason. It is closed to the public.

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May 2017

Evening Fiction

May 9 @ 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

May 10 @ 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

May 10 @ 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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Advanced Novel

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 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 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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June 2017

Apocalypse Now: Turning Disasters into Blockbusters

June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Adam Roux Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday, 6/04/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Why do natural and man-made disasters fascinate us so much? Contemporary fiction is filled with riveting stories of how humans have survived or been annihilated by catastrophes such as climate change, earthquakes, and nuclear war. In this seminar, we'll examine how writers address the high-octane anxieties of our time then find our own approaches to these concerns through the craft of short fiction.…

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Daytime Fiction

June 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 28, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 - 6/28/17 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Building Character Convincing readers that the characters you’ve imagined are full, complex human beings is essential to creating effective fiction. In this class, we’ll focus on how to construct the people that will populate your fiction by studying techniques used by writers such as Ottessa Moshfegh, Flannery O’Connor, ZZ Packer, and Joy Williams. Nichole LeFebvre is an MFA candidate in…

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Evening Fiction: Introduction to Flash Fiction

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 28, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 - 6/28/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Flash Fiction is probably not new (certainly it was hard to write a novel when you were living in a cave, running from predators and had a vocabulary of only two hundred words), but the advent of Internet publishing has brought significantly more attention to the short short form (stories under 1000 words). Still, it remains a difficult genre to…

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