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April 2017

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

Pattern and Form in Poetry

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 27, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen Rembold Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Tuesdays, 5/23/17 - 6/27/17 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM This class will be an examination of pattern and form in poetry.  All poets are pattern makers.  We'll read examples from literature (mainly recent examples) and set about deconstructing/constructing our own forms, too. Participants will have the opportunity to submit and workshop poems each week, and we will view those poems-in-process through the lens of pattern/exception.  Even if you don't think of yourself…

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Evening Poetry

May 23 @ 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: Mark Parlette-Carlino Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Tuesdays, 5/23/17 - 6/27/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM This workshop is open to all poets—beginners, dabblers and dedicated writers. In it, you'll have the chance to create and share new work each week. We'll use the workshop, and some discussion of published poems and writing processes, to explore different aspects of what makes poems work—the language, the images, the ideas, the rhetorical structures. Our goal is to marvel at…

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Writing 101: The Elements of Good Storytelling

May 23 @ 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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Daytime Creative Nonfiction

May 24 @ 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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Daytime Fiction

May 24 @ 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: Nichole LeFebvre Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 - 6/28/17 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Building Character Convincing readers that the characters you’ve imagined are full, complex human beings is essential to creating effective fiction. In this class, we’ll focus on how to construct the people that will populate your fiction by studying techniques used by writers such as Ottessa Moshfegh, Flannery O’Connor, ZZ Packer, and Joy Williams. Nichole LeFebvre is an MFA candidate in…

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Evening Fiction: Introduction to Flash Fiction

May 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 28, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $142 Members | $158 Non-members 6 Wednesdays, 5/24/17 - 6/28/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Flash Fiction is probably not new (certainly it was hard to write a novel when you were living in a cave, running from predators and had a vocabulary of only two hundred words), but the advent of Internet publishing has brought significantly more attention to the short short form (stories under 1000 words). Still, it remains a difficult genre to…

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Evening Advanced Creative Nonfiction

May 25 @ 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

Apocalypse Now: Turning Disasters into Blockbusters

June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Adam Roux Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday, 6/04/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Why do natural and man-made disasters fascinate us so much? Contemporary fiction is filled with riveting stories of how humans have survived or been annihilated by catastrophes such as climate change, earthquakes, and nuclear war. In this seminar, we'll examine how writers address the high-octane anxieties of our time then find our own approaches to these concerns through the craft of short fiction.…

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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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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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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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Writing Nature

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Neil Perry Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 6/17/17 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM How do we use the natural world when we write poems? How does it use us?  Is it possible to write a poem that is not 'nature writing' (I say no....)? This seminar will explore the ways poets can use and have used the natural world as a guide, a prompt, an antagonist and an inspiration in poems.  We will take long looks at poems that…

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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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July 2017

Write On! Session One: 6th-8th Grade Creative Writing Summer Program

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 14, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Erin James Cost: $220 on or before April 30, 2017, $235 May 1, 2017 or thereafter Monday - Friday July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM During this week, young writers will explore the craft and fun of creative writing through a variety of prompts, journaling, music, brainstorming, people-watching and visits to inspiring nearby locations. Modes of expression and experimentation will include poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and more! Throughout the week, we will learn about and…

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Write On! Session One: 9th-12th Grade Creative Writing Summer Program

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 14, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Abby Baum Cost: $220 on or before April 30, 2017, 2017, $235 on May 1, 2017 or thereafter Monday - Friday July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM In a world that is increasingly colored by diversions and distractions, how do we, as artists, learn to leverage inspiration? This five-day intensive study will be situated in the study of that seemingly elusive muse: inspiration. The course will seek to locate a beginning point for each…

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Write On! Session One: 3rd-5th Grade Creative Writing Summer Program

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 14, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Terry Levinson Cost: $220 before May 1, 2017, $235 thereafter Monday - Friday July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM “You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else.” --Grace Paley “When my speaking voice fails me, my writing voice prevails. My hand is intimately connected to my heart.” -- tslevinson We all need to discover the power of our words and have an avenue for expression. During this lively…

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Write On! Session Two: 3rd-5th Grade Creative Writing Summer Program

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 21, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Robin Albertson-Wren Cost: $220 on or before April 30, 2017, $235 May 1, 2017 Monday - Friday July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Come enjoy a week immersed in poetry! We will be reading poems, studying various styles and creating our own. We will be inspired by stories in verse, local artists, downtown venues and even by making homemade ice cream! Robin Albertson-Wren has been inspiring children to write since 1991. She first began creating…

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Write On! Session Two: 9th-12th Grade Creative Writing Summer Program

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 21, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Abby Baum Cost: $220 on or before April 30, 2017, $235 May 1, 2017 or thereafter Monday - Friday July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM In a world that is increasingly colored by diversions and distractions, how do we, as artists, learn to leverage inspiration? This five-day intensive study will be situated in the study of that seemingly elusive muse: inspiration. The course will seek to locate a beginning point for each member, appropriate…

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Write On! Session Two: 6th-8th Grade Creative Writing Summer Program

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 21, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Jen Buckett

Instructor: Jen Buckett Cost: $220 on or before April 30, 2017, $235 May 1, 2017 or thereafter Monday - Friday July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Are you a young writer looking for inspiration and feedback on your work? Join us this summer as we search for stories between the musty shelves of used bookstores, inside the paintings of local artists, and outside in overheard conversations on the Downtown Mall. We'll become a a community…

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