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June 2016

Writing as a Way to Heal

June 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Rosalyn Berne Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members 1 Saturdays, June 11, 2016 | 9:30 AM-1:30 PM Limited to 11 students. Whether it's the heart that is broken, the mind that is in anguish, or a bodily ailment that taxes our sense of being as a healthy, whole self, writing can help us to become sound again. Many people journal as a way to heal, as a private dialogue within one's self. This workshop will focus instead on writing…

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Travel Writing I

June 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jeanne Siler Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members Saturday, June 11, 2016 | 10:30 AM-2:30 PM Write compelling and engaging travel narratives (personal essays, articles, or memoir pieces), which combine the eye of a journalist with the flair of a storyteller. In-class readings and exercises will address pertinent craft issues, and we'll also discuss the practical matters of how to submit your work for publication. Registration Non-members $67.00 USD Members $62.00 USD Student Name Student Email

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Ask a Publisher

June 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bob Friedman Cost: $50.00 Members | $60.00 Non-Members 1 Saturdays, June 11, 2016 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Limited to 11 students. Book publishing is a business. You may have the most amazing book in the world, but if it doesn't appeal to publishers, you may never see it in print. In this seminar, we'll explore how writers can learn to understand the world of publishing and how and why publishers choose to publish what they do. You'll have the…

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Travel Writing II

June 12, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jeanne Siler $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, June 12, 2016 | 10:30AM-2:30PM This follow-up seminar builds on Travel Writing I with the opportunity to workshop individual pieces for class members. We will also scrutinize writers’ guidelines, submission practices, pitches and query letters. Open to those who have completed any previous WriterHouse Travel Writing class, or with permission of the instructor. Registration Non-members $67.00 USD Members $62.00 USD Student Name Student Email

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August 2016

Writing Small Action: Characterization

August 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Writing Small Action: Characterization through Facial Expression, Body Language, and Gesture Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Cost: $40 Members | $50 Non-members This seminar focuses on characterization and showing of small action—namely those important non-verbal cues we give each other constantly that enhance the meaning of what we say and do. We’ll read examples of successful small action descriptions, practice intentional observation of each other to capture those characterizing details, and discuss how and when…

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The Narrative Moment: When/Where to Start Your Story

August 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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The Narrative Moment: When/Where to Start Your Story Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Cost: $40 Members | $50 Non-members This seminar is all about timing. Where a story begins—whether it be a short story, novel, or creative nonfiction work, determines whether you grab your reader’s attention. We’ll look at a series of successful beginnings and look at commonalities. Seminar discussion with center on what the narrative moment is and how writers choose wisely when and…

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September 2016

Planning Your Memoir

September 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan Cost: $40 Members | $50 Non-members Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Generative Memoir Seminar In this 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 in-class exercises. We’ll cover: --How to figure out which part of your life you want to write about and what the story arc is…

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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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November 2016

Evening Nonfiction Workshop

November 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on October 19, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on October 26, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on November 2, 2016 at 6:30pm

One event on November 9, 2016 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffman Cost: $189 Members | $210 Non-members 8 Wednesdays, September 21 -November 9, 2016 | 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,…

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March 2017

Advanced Creative Nonfiction

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on February 8, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on February 15, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on February 22, 2017 at 6:00pm

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

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

March 9 @ 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

March 15 @ 1:00 am - 3:30 pm
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One event on March 8, 2017 at 1:00am

One event on March 15, 2017 at 1:00am

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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May 2017

Your Life as a Story Part II – Class is Full

May 4 @ 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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Daytime Nonfiction

May 10 @ 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

May 11 @ 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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June 2017

Investigative Journalism

June 10 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Memoir in a Year Part II: Revising the Draft of Your Book

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on January 19, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on January 26, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on February 2, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on February 16, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on March 2, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on March 16, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on April 6, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on May 4, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on May 18, 2017 at 6:00pm

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

One event on June 15, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on July 6, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on August 3, 2017 at 6:00pm

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

One event on September 21, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on September 28, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on October 5, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on October 19, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on November 2, 2017 at 6:00pm

One event on November 16, 2017 at 6:00pm

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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