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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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Writing Children’s Picture Books

November 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Wednesday, repeating until November 8, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $189 Members | $210 Non-members Wednesdays, 9/20/17 - 11/8/17 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Picture books are a child’s earliest introduction to the power of story. We’ll explore elements of classic and current picture books, study the spectrum of commercial to literary picture books, examine the relationship between text and image, and most importantly, generate ideas and develop them into polished drafts. You’ll complete the class with both a deeper appreciation of the art of the…

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Finding Your Story’s Sweet Spot (Class is Full!)

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 8, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/20/17 - 11/8/17 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM What sets a great short story apart from its mediocre cousins? How do award-winning short story writers use dialogue, character, and action to build layered, lively scenes that plunge us into life's mysteries, compelling us to keep turning pages? We'll dissect a handful of short stories from the masters and write our own from scratch, workshopping them into polished drafts. Come prepared to read…

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Magical Realism

November 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 11/11/17 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Magical Realism is more than just the presence of the supernatural in a story. It is the forgivable intrusion of dream into reality. And it’s also a lot of fun. It affords us the opportunity to shake loose a little, to indulge the parts of us that sometimes wish the world was a little different than it is. Or maybe a lot different. Even…

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Daytime Poetry Workshop (1 spot left!)

November 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 14, 2017

One event on November 27, 2017 at 1:00pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen Rembold $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 9/26/17 - 11/14/17 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM In this poetry class, we will learn more about the elements that make up the body of a poem through means of reading assignments, class discussion, and lectures.  We will spend an equal amount of time in workshop mode, examining our poems with particular attention paid to the body, form, and pattern of the poem. Kristen Staby Rembold’s most recent book is a…

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January 2018

New Year, New Query

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Nichole LeFebvre $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 1/20/18 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Make 2018 the year you land a literary agent. In this seminar, you'll learn how to find agents who represent your genre, and importantly, how to attract their attention.  You'll get tips for condensing your brilliant book into a 3-4 line description. You'll write an intriguing bio. Never published before? Don't despair. There is something about you that will stand out to an agent. Bring a 1-page…

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Taking Risks in Writing for Children – Session is Full!

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kathryn Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 1/27/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pushing the envelope with structure, language, culture, magical realism, social issues—what can children, and more importantly, editors and educators handle? Course fee includes a copy of The Incredible Magic of Being (given to you when you sign up) to read before the seminar as a mentor text. We’ll discuss other books for young readers as well as your own manuscripts and ideas. About the Instructor: Kathryn…

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February 2018

The Gifts of Grief: A Retreat on Writing Through Your Loss – Session is Full

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Facilitator’s Home, near Albemarle High School
Charlottesville , VA United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison and Deborah Prum $80 Members | $87 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/10/18 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM *This retreat will take place at the instructor's home. There are places in the heart that do not yet exist; suffering has to enter in for them to come to be. –Leon Bloy Grief and loss are universal human experiences frequently associated with suffering and darkness. But there are gifts hidden in these difficult times that transcend the painful narratives we…

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Publishing Options: Pros and Cons – Only One Spot Left!

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bob Friedman $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/17/18 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Traditional publishing is always preferable to self-publishing, but a small percentage of manuscripts ever get to that point. So with the easier and cheaper access to book publishing technology, many more authors turn to self-publishing. What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing? Are there self-publishing avenues that are far better than others? Are there rip-off companies that are basically in the business of printing?…

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March 2018

Write a Story in a Day Fiction Retreat (Only 4 Spots left!)

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $99 Members | $110 Nonmembers Sunday, 3/4/18 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sometimes scenes we witness in restaurants, or on streets, buses, planes, and trains inspire us to think, “What a character! There’s a story—but what is it?” That’s up to you, fiction writer. But there’s no fiction without a character. Invite your imaginary protagonist to this daylong writing party—you don’t need to know them well. Bring a picture—from a magazine, newspaper, or (heh-heh) your own…

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Structure: The Key to Effective Storytelling

March 10 @ 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, 3/10/18  | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Aristotle defined story structure in 3 parts:  beginning, middle, and end.  But where do you begin?  How do you shore up a sagging middle?  And how do you mount tension to deliver a knockout ending?  Get a handle on the importance of structure in this 3-hour seminar while in class you a create memorable story plot structure, as you learn techniques for where to begin…

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Festival of the Book Seminar: How to Get Started as a Writer (Session is Full!)

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, 201 E. Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Instructor: Mark Edmundson Thursday, March 22, 2018| 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM FREE for Members and Nonmembers* This session will be held at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and is limited to 25 participants *Must send RSVP email to programs@writerhouse.org to attend Have you ever thought about writing an essay or short story or even a novel but just didn't know how to get started? Or, maybe you started writing something but got stuck and now it is collecting dust. In…

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Festival of the Book Workshop: Insider’s Guide to Literary Agents (1 spot left!)

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Howard Yoon $60 Members | $75 Nonmembers Friday, March 23, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM *The location of this event has been changed to the Conference Room at Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street (across from WriterHouse). Directions will be given onsite. You've written the next great American novel, but how marketable is your book and how do you find an agent who can be your champion? What are the secrets that no one tells you about finding an…

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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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Putting the Pen to the Page: Beginning Your Novel

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM "A first line should open up your rib cage. It should reach in and twist your heart backward. It should suggest that the world will never be the same again." - Colum McCann, Letters to a Young Writer In an attempt to model craft techniques used by accomplished authors, this class will utilize published excerpts and in-class writing prompts to begin the…

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Make It New: Beyond Retelling in Poetry

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chet'la Sebree $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 4/22/18 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Modernist Ezra Pound is largely credited for encouraging writers to try new things in response to inspiration. He sought recreation as opposed to regurgitation. In this seminar, we will discuss poems that not just retell cultural and personal histories but bring new light to them. We'll explore how poets bring fresh perspectives to Greek mythology, venerated figures, and current and historical events as well as…

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May 2018

Care and Feeding of Compelling Characters

May 12 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Clifford Garstang $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/12/18 | 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM One of the essential hallmarks of vivid fiction is the presence of compelling characters. Readers may love them or hate them, but if they don't care what happens to the characters, they are unlikely to keep reading about them. In this half-day seminar, we'll look at techniques for drawing round (as opposed to flat) characters who will attract and keep the interest of readers.…

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The Writer’s Lens

May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, May 20 2018 | 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Our best fiction writers are famous for crafting breathtaking stories from everyday experiences, stories that stop us dead in our tracks with wonder. Why does that character jump off the page? Why does that setting grab us by the throat? How did the author engineer the “turn” that surprises, delights, or shocks us? In this class, we’ll closely read a masterful story…

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