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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 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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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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April 2017

Finding Your Emotional Truth

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann and Russel Grieger Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM “When the soul is on the page, literature has been created.” – Frank Conroy Creative writing is a supreme human activity that requires a writer to understand one’s self and one’s subject at the deepest level – from the inside-out. Looked at through the lens of human psychology, these twin stand-alone seminars focus on two of the deep…

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Five Hundred Words or Less

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday 4/22/17 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM What can a writer accomplish in 500 words? In this single morning seminar, we will explore the power of short prose by closely reading and discussing examples and writing and sharing our own.This seminar will also be an opportunity to survey a cross-section of craft techniques for creating excellent prose of any length. So while this session will certainly be of interest to…

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Becoming Fearless

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Jay Kauffmann and Russel Grieger Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 4/29/17 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell Fear can and will quell artistic passion and inhabit creative expression. This seminar will illuminate the root source of all such interfering fears, help participants expose the foundations of their own fears, and teach how to eradicate them so as to be able to freely express their…

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May 2017

Writing for Social Justice

May 11 @ 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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June 2017

Keep the Pages Turning: A Mini Retreat

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Facilitator’s Home, near Albemarle High School
Charlottesville , VA United States
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Instructor: Debby Prum Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 6/10/17  | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM This mini retreat is for writers of all levels. Come to discuss elements of point of view, learn how to create sympathetic characters, find ways to break out of old writing habits, and consider new ways to approach universal writing challenges. Think of this as agility training for your writer's mind. Attendees will listen to brief (painless) talks, participate in a few (fun) improv exercises,…

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Writing Love

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 06/17/17 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM This seminar is for prose writers who are looking to make vivid the feelings—all the feelings, joyful and otherwise—of love. We’ll discuss fiction and nonfiction that explore loves of many kinds—familial, platonic, romantic, marital, extramarital, erotic—and we’ll work on ways to sharpen the portrayals of love in our own work. Amanda Korman is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review.…

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Embodying the Muse

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Polly Lazaron and Lisa Ellison Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 6/24/17 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Inspiration exists in many places and is unique to the individual. Over the millennia, many cultures have used drumming, dancing, yoga, and similar practices to invoke the muse—the force of intuition, inspiration, and creativity in all its forms—as it expresses itself within the body. These physical practices can lead to creative insights, inspiration, and a heightened awareness of our inner…

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Writing 101: The Elements of Good Storytelling

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 27, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Tuesdays, 5/23/17 - 6/27/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Whether you’re interested in writing true stories or fiction, the elements of great storytelling are the same. Writers need to know how to develop interesting characters, establish a story’s central conflict, write engaging scenes, and use vivid sensory details. They also need to know how to give and receive supportive editorial feedback. During this six-week class, we’ll examine the elements…

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August 2017

Author Platform Master Class Registration Page

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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How to Build and Grow a Readership to Support Your Long-Term Career Instructor: Jane Friedman Five-Session Bundled Pricing*: $375 Members | $400 Non-members Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members 5 Tuesdays 8/1/17 - 8/29/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sessions will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Discounted pricing available if registration is received before 7/10/17. Join Jane Friedman for a five-week intensive on marketing for authors where she will cover everything from…

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The Art and Business of Platform: A Working Philosophy and Approach

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/1/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Writers are often baffled by platform because it’s seen as a marketing and promotion mindset—antithetical to the artist mindset. However, there is a way to approach platform that isn’t about selling, but rather understanding human behavior—including your own! During this…

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Writing 101: Elements of Good Storytelling – Class is Full

August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on August 3, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on August 4, 2017 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison Cost: $139 Members | $147 Non-members Monday - Friday, 7/31/16 - 8/4/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Whether you’re interested in writing true stories or fiction, the elements of great storytelling are the same. Writers need to know how to develop interesting characters, establish a story’s central conflict, write engaging scenes, and use vivid sensory details. They also need to know how to give and receive supportive editorial feedback. During this five-day intensive, we’ll examine the…

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The Author Website: Your Most Important Storytelling Opportunity

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/8/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Whether your website is one day old or ten years old, you want to make sure the resources you’ve put into your site will pay off with more readers, more sales, and more opportunities for your career. Learn about best practices for design and content, the most important areas to focus on (what do visitors…

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The Email Newsletter: Your Most Important Engagement Tool

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/15/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  E-mail marketing is the No. 1 overlooked means of reader engagement when authors evaluate their overall platform. Being able to directly reach your readers, or most avid fans, is a powerful capability that every author should have. Thankfully, it’s easy to…

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