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May 2018

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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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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Strong Openings: Right from the Start

July 22
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Noley Reid $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 7/22/18  | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM After the title, a short story’s opening can make or break its connection with a reader. After all, the first words, first sentence, first paragraph are the most visible and the spot where most readers, editors, and agents decide to stop reading altogether. In this workshop, we will examine the openings to dozens of well-published authors’ short stories, noting the many techniques used and how…

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August 2018

Weeklong Fiction Intensive (Class is Full!)

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $139 Members | $147 Nonmembers Monday - Friday 7/30/18 - 8/3/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Modeled after the intensive workshops held at writers' conferences, this class will meet every afternoon for a week. We'll start each session with a craft-focused discussion of pre-assigned reading, and then we'll workshop two fiction pieces per day. Expect a supportive, constructive environment suitable for fiction writers of all levels. Note: Each participant will be expected to submit a double-spaced story…

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Plot Part One: From Concept to Story Arc

August 1 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

September 19 @ 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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Novel 101: Premise, Story, Character (This Class is Full!)

September 19 @ 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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