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January 2017

Advanced Creative Nonfiction

January 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, January 11 - March 1, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM The goal of this Advanced Creative Nonfiction workshop is to push you to a new level of professionalism and take you from first draft to a submission-ready final draft. The workshop will be about quality, not quantity, as we adopt a more tough-minded, detailed approach. Since everyone is expected to have a certain level of experience, we…

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Your Life as a Story: Writing Memoir – Class is Full

January 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until March 9, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Thursdays, January 12 – March 2, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Learn how to turn your experiences into a true story that is as engaging as a novel. Find out how book-length memoirs can use the tools of fiction, such as vivid sensory detail, evocative settings, and fully rounded characters. Flesh out scenes with specific, telling detail to make them as moving on the page as they were in…

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Daytime Nonfiction

January 18, 2017 @ 1:00 am - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Helen Chandler Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, January 18 - March 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM-3:30 PM This class will focus on the art of the personal essay and ask: how can we turn our own lives and experiences into art that speaks to the universal? We'll read and discuss a selection of great literature in the genre by writers such as Joan Didion, Virginia Woolf and James Baldwin and then write personal essays of our…

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March 2017

Daytime Nonfiction

March 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 10, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Helen Chandler Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, 3/22/17 - 5/10/17 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM This class is aimed at those who would like to improve their personal writing in any form - memoir, personal essay, or creative non-fiction. The focus of the class will be on reading pieces of personal narrative from established authors, such as James Baldwin, Anne Carson and Virginia Woolf, and then creating work of our own, in-class and at home. You will…

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Your Life as a Story II – Class is Full

March 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until May 11, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Thursdays, March 23, 2017 - May 11, 2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM **This class is only open to students who registered for the Your Life as a Story class offered during the winter 2017 term. Learn how to turn your experiences into a true story that is as engaging as a novel. Find out how book-length memoirs can use the tools of fiction, such as vivid sensory detail, evocative settings,…

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Your Life as a Story Part II – Class is Full

March 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until May 11, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Thursdays, March 23, 2017 - May 11, 2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM **This class is only being offered to students who took Your Life as a Story Part I during the winter term. The class is currently full.  Learn how to turn your experiences into a true story that is as engaging as a novel. Find out how book-length memoirs can use the tools of fiction, such as vivid sensory detail, evocative…

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June 2017

Investigative Journalism

June 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Patti McCracken Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 6/10/17  | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS DO Investigative journalists are the reason why the “Fourth Estate” is considered crucial to a democratic society. These “watchdogs” hold the powerful accountable. Investigative reporters spend weeks, months and sometimes years investigating corporate and political wrongdoing as well as social issues that demand attention. Many risk their lives in the process. In this seminar, participants will learn…

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Daytime Creative Nonfiction – Class is Full, Waiting List Available

June 28, 2017 @ 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: Lisa Ellison Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 - 6/28/17 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM "The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?" - Carl Jung "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." –Joan Didion This class will focus on how to take personal writing in any form—memoir, personal essay, or creative nonfiction—and mine…

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Evening Advanced Creative Nonfiction

June 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until June 29, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Varner Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Thursdays, 5/25/17 - 6/29/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM In this advanced workshop, you’ll have a chance to work on either revisions or new material. Along the way, we’ll read select craft essays and examples of successful creative nonfiction. However, the primary focus will be on your writing—not just larger concerns like structure and development, but also more focused issues like sentence structure and word choice. The goal is…

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August 2017

From Memory to Memoir – Session is Full

August 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison Cost: FREE for WriterHouse Members Wednesday 8/2/17 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM This seminar is intended for budding memoirists who are interested in shaping their life experiences into a dynamic story around a specific theme. In this two-hour seminar, we will discuss the basic tools you’ll need to write engaging and vivid stories about your life. We’ll read short examples of writers who use these tools effectively, then we’ll write our own using in-class exercises. Please bring…

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November 2017

Your Life as a Story – Class is Full

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

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays, 9/18/17 - 11/6/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Learn how to turn your experiences into a true story that is as engaging as a novel. Find out how book-length memoirs can use the tools of fiction, such as vivid sensory detail, evocative settings, and fully rounded characters. Flesh out scenes with specific, telling details to make them as moving on the page as they were in life. Writers in all stages…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction

November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 7, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Non-members Tuesdays, 9/19/17 - 11/7/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM This workshop will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme. Participants will discuss essays and memoir pieces submitted to the group. In addition, there will be readings and in-class exercises that address pertinent craft issues. There will also be opportunities to consider non-craft issues associated with this genre, such as…

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December 2017

Daytime Nonfiction

December 13, 2017 @ 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 Non-members Wednesdays, 9/20/17 - 11/8/17 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Whether you're interested in writing personal essays or working on a memoir, this class will provide you with the resources to tell your story effectively. We'll read and discuss classic and contemporary essays, complete in-class prompts and exercises and develop our ideas into fully realized pieces. There will be a workshop component to this class, as well as an emphasis on discussion…

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Memoir in a Year Part II: Revising the Draft of Your Book

December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan Tuition: $1,449.00 (application required) 24 Thursdays, January 12, 2017 – December 14, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Application Deadline: 12/2/16 Description  Have you written a first-draft of a memoir and find you are ready to take it to the next stage? Are you ready to polish your scenes and make them shine while enjoying the structure and motivation provided from committed peers in a guided class setting? Memoir in a Year Part II: Revise Your Book-Length…

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March 2018

Evening Creative Nonfiction – Class is Full!

March 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/16/18 - 3/6/18  | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM This workshop will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme. Participants will discuss essays and memoir pieces submitted to the group. In addition, there will be readings and in-class exercises that address pertinent craft issues. There will also be opportunities to consider non-craft issues associated with this genre, such as…

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April 2018

Finding Your Voice/Structuring Your Nonfiction Work in Progress

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Elizabeth Howard $40 Members | $45 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/7/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Is your memoir, essay or non-fiction book better said in the first or third person? What point of view carries your intended emotional impact? How can you best focus and structure your story? How can you make your opening and developing thesis fully engage the reader? Students are asked to bring one page of their work illustrating the problem/question they would like to solve. The class will…

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Writing Your Family Story

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Varner $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/14/18  | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Nonfiction author Philip Gerard says, "We write out of mystery, looking for an answer we don't have, trying to resolve what troubles us, to understand what seems beyond comprehension." Has any quote better encapsulated why we write about our family? Over a few hours, through writing exercises and group discussions about selected reading, we’ll come to understand how to approach what can be one of…

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May 2018

Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing the First Draft of Your Book-Length Memoir

May 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $1349* Members | $1349* Nonmembers Select Thursdays, 1/18/18 - 12/13/18** | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM *Payment plans of $323 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. **For a complete list of class dates, please see the Memoir in a Year Syllabus Have a powerful life story you absolutely must tell? Looking for support as you harness the power of that narrative? During Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing the First Draft…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction

May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 4/3/18 - 5/22/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM This workshop will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme. Participants will discuss essays and memoir pieces submitted to the group. In addition, there will be readings and in-class exercises that address pertinent craft issues. There will also be opportunities to consider non-craft issues associated with this genre, such as…

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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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