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May 2017

Daytime Creative Nonfiction – Class is Full, Waiting List Available

May 24, 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

May 25, 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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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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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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One event on October 18, 2017 at 1:00pm

One event on November 29, 2017 at 1:00pm

One event on December 6, 2017 at 1:00pm

One event on December 13, 2017 at 1:00pm

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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One event on December 7, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on December 14, 2017 at 6:00pm

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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One event on January 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on January 30, 2018 at 6:30pm

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One event on February 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 27, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on March 6, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on March 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

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

Evening Creative Nonfiction

May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on April 10, 2018 at 6:30pm

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One event on May 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on May 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on May 22, 2018 at 6:30pm

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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One event on April 11, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on April 18, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on April 25, 2018 at 10:00am

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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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June 2018

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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Fiction/Nonfiction Generative Workshop – Session is Full!

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on June 13, 2018 at 10:00am

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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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Evening Creative Nonfiction

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on June 14, 2018 at 6:30pm

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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Varner $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Thursdays, 6/7/18 - 7/12/18 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Through writing, reading, and discussion, we will explore narrative nonfiction: storytelling about real people, real places, and real events. Creative nonfiction allows a writer to employ the diligence of a reporter, the shifting voices and viewpoints of a novelist, the refined wordplay of a poet, and the analytical modes of an essayist. About the Instructor: Jay Varner is the author of Nothing…

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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

Fiction/Nonfiction Generative Workshop

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on July 10, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on July 11, 2018 at 10:00am

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

July 12 @ 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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