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August 2016

Plot Your Novel with Screenwriting Techniques

August 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Plot Your Novel with Screenwriting Techniques Instructor: Meredith Cole Members: $40 Nonmembers: $50 Wednesday, August 3, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. Learn some tips and tricks from screenwriting to help your novel stay on track and keep your reader turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. Meredith Cole has Master’s in film and video production from American University and directed feature films before turning to novel writing. She has several books in a mystery series published by…

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October 2016

The Tools of the Trade: Research and Reporting for Creative Writers

October 1, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bronwen Dickey Cost: $50 Members | $60 Non-members 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM October 1, 2016 2:00 - 5:00 PM You've finally settled on a fascinating topic for an article or book--now what do you do? How do you find interview subjects and reach out to them? How do you take notes that you can actually use, and how do you organize all the other material (photos, audio clips, news articles) that you collect along the way? This seminar will…

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Secrets to Writing Every Day: Tricks and Techniques

October 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Joan Mazza Cost: $50 Members | $60 Non-members Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Whatever style of writing you do or hope to do, you can develop habits for writing every day and find the time to do so. In this seminar, we will discuss strategies to stay in your writing mind and make creative leaps. We'll talk about how to catch ideas and track them, and how as little as fifteen minutes a day can keep…

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Publish Yourself or Be Published? **Date has been changed**

October 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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To Publish Yourself or To be Published: That is the Question Instructor: Bob Friedman Cost: $50 Members | $60 Non-members Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Traditional publishing is always preferable to self-publishing, but a small percentage of manuscripts ever get to that point. So with the easier and cheaper access to book publishing technology, many more authors turn to self publishing. What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing? Are there self-publishing avenues that are far better…

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November 2016

Crowdfunding for Authors

November 5, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Bethany Carlson

Instructor: Bethany Joy Carlson Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, November 05, 2016 | 9:30 AM-1:30 PM Over 70% of publishing projects fail on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but authors can crowdfund their books. Learn how from Bethany Carlson, owner of The Artist's Partner, where writers' success rate is over 98%. From planning a communication strategy, to shooting a video, to marketing techniques, Bethany will go over the steps that have led to over $70,000 raised for…

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Writing with an Open Heart

November 8, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, September 20 -November 08, 2016 | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM As writers develop a steady practice, feelings emerge, stories from the past surface, and patterns become clear. But how do you write with an open heart in the face of judgements or emotional pain? This class will teach writers how to develop self-compassion, address instances of doubt that threaten to derail projects, and make sense of the judgments that arise…

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Writer’s Eye with WriterHouse

November 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, September 20 -November 08, 2016 | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Celebrate a local literary tradition! UVA’s Fralin Art Museum hosts its 30th annual Writer’s Eye competition this year. The museum selects artworks from its collection to create a special Writer’s Eye exhibit of pieces meant to inspire prose and poetry. Contestants compete in age categories from elementary school students through adults. Join two-time winner Jody Hobbs Hesler to tour…

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Writing in Response to Cancer

November 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Cora Schenberg and Carolyn O'neal Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, September 20 -November 08, 2016 | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM A Class for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers. Cancer may be viewed as an embodiment of chaos. When it strikes, it wreaks havoc on our lives and those of our loved ones. In contrast, writing gives us the chance to create order, in the form of stories, poems, blogs, journal entries, etc. Cora Schenberg and Carolyn O’Neal, writers…

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Writing Children’s Picture Books

November 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Anne Marie Pace and Hannah Barnaby Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, September 21 -November 09, 2016 | 10:00 AM-12:30PM Picture books are a child’s earliest introduction to the power of story. We’ll explore elements of classic and current picture books, study the spectrum of commercial to literary picture books, examine the relationship between text and image, and most importantly, generate ideas and develop them into polished drafts. You’ll complete the class with both a deeper appreciation…

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Writing Your Young Adult Novel

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: Hannah Barnaby Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Mondays, September 19 -November 21, 2016 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM When you hear "young adult novels," do you think of vampires, tragic love stories and teen angst? The YA genre encompasses this and so much more. This course will explore questions of craft and current trends in the marketplace. Writing exercises will clarify and re-energize student work. After 8 weeks, students will have a fully revised first chapter and deeper…

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Find Your Story’s Sweet Spot – Only Two Spots Left!

November 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Betty Joyce Nash Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, September 21 - November 09, 2016 | 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…

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December 2016

Submissions and Publications

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM This seminar will focus on the preparation process required for submitting to magazines and literary journals. We will discuss proper manuscript formatting techniques and ways to compose a cover letter. We will explore various publications and how students can determine which magazines are appropriate for their work, and we will workshop first pages of student manuscripts, discussing elements that are likely to engage…

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January 2017

Write Without Wrong

January 28 @ 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, January 28, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM The idea behind this seminar is to unlearn or at least explore the territory outside the rules that we were taught dogmatically back when we first learned how to write. It will involve a number of fun, unusual exercises that challenge students to discover the vast realm of possibilities beyond the idea of right and wrong. We'll take a look at some successful…

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February 2017

Playwriting through Memory, Invention, and Constraints

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Ariel Stess Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Playwriting through Memory, Invention, and Constraints is a playwriting workshop with an emphasis on using memory to inspire dramatic premises, emotional journeys, character development, on-stage imagery, and setting. We will also utilize exercises for conjouring new worlds and moments, and inventing and developing new characters, premises, and storylines. Lastly, we will use constraint-based writing exercises to generate ideas for dynamic scenes, conflicts, and…

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Writing with an Open Heart

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 17, 2017 at 10:00am

One event on January 24, 2017 at 10:00am

One event on January 31, 2017 at 10:00am

One event on February 7, 2017 at 10:00am

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One event on February 21, 2017 at 10:00am

One event on February 28, 2017 at 10:00am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Tuesdays, January 10 - February 28, 2017  | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM As writers develop a steady practice, feelings emerge, stories from the past surface, and patterns become clear. But how do you write with an open heart in the face of self-judgment or emotional pain? This class will teach writers how to develop self-compassion, address instances of doubt that threaten to derail projects, and make sense of the judgments…

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March 2017

Embrace Your Weird: Dealing with Your Inner Critic and Unleashing Your Authentic Creativity

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Jakub Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM We want to write, but sometimes that inner critic gets loud. Really loud. This seminar will help you shed the constraints you may be placing on your work and allow you to access your natural creativity. We’ll look at ways to deal with persistent inner (and outer) critics and move beyond writer’s block. We will talk about using your past as…

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Winning Over a Trade Publisher

March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bob Friedman Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM You've written a book and you're anxious to get it out into the world. It's tempting to turn to the many avenues for self-publishing, especially when it's clear that a very small percentage of writers ever get a publishing deal. In this seminar, you'll learn why it's well worth the effort to try to get a trade publisher interested in your work. You'll…

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Removing the UN from UNPublished: The Business of Publishing Picture Books

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Anne Marie Pace Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM This seminar will focus on the practical aspects of the picture book writer’s journey from revised draft to publication. We will discuss how to determine whether or not a manuscript is ready for submission, ways to find a critique group and other resources for support, whether to get an agent or submit directly to publishers, how to research agents and…

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Writing for Social Justice

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until May 11, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Gail South Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Thursdays 3/23/17 - 5/11/17  | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Elie Wiesel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” In this class we will explore how to write stories about issues that matter to us—humanitarian, environmental, political, etc.— in ways that move readers and compel them to examine their own prejudices. We will look at brief excerpts from…

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How to Get Your Book Published

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CitySpace, 100 5th St NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ***This Session will be held at CitySpace 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Learn all the basics of how to get your book published, including how to research publishers and agents, write query letters, and pitch your work. You'll understand what expectations you should have when it comes to the publication process—as well as marketing and promotion of your work—and…

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