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July 2017

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

July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until July 28, 2017

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby Cost: $220 on or before April 30, 2017, $235 May 1, 2017 or thereafter Monday - Friday July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM You already know that you love to write -- but great writing is equal parts passion and skill. This summer camp session is designed to help you find that balance. We'll spend the week focused on going deeper into your stories, getting to the core of what sets your…

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August 2017

Author Platform Master Class Registration Page

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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How to Build and Grow a Readership to Support Your Long-Term Career Instructor: Jane Friedman Five-Session Bundled Pricing*: $375 Members | $400 Non-members Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members 5 Tuesdays 8/1/17 - 8/29/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sessions will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Discounted pricing available if registration is received before 7/10/17. Join Jane Friedman for a five-week intensive on marketing for authors where she will cover everything from…

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The Art and Business of Platform: A Working Philosophy and Approach

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/1/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Writers are often baffled by platform because it’s seen as a marketing and promotion mindset—antithetical to the artist mindset. However, there is a way to approach platform that isn’t about selling, but rather understanding human behavior—including your own! During this…

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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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First Pages

August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Phil Jason Cost: $139 Members | $147 Non-members Monday - Friday, 7/31/16 - 8/4/17  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM First pages possess an enormous significance. In the bible, the first page is where God creates the universe! In your own work, whether it’s a short story or a novel, fiction or nonfiction, it’s going to be where the reader enters whatever universe you’re creating or sharing. This is where you’re going to introduce them to things like your…

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Writing 101: Elements of Good Storytelling – Class is Full

August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison Cost: $139 Members | $147 Non-members Monday - Friday, 7/31/16 - 8/4/17  | 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 five-day intensive, we’ll examine the…

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Of Brevity and Bigness

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Annie Kim Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 8/5/17 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Brevity is the soul of wit. But what of poetry? Working from the premise that even big poems are made up of well-tooled little parts, we'll dig into examples of both big and little poems to unpack the art of poetic brevity. We'll explore ideas for revising work with an eye toward speed and grace. While writers of all levels are welcome, this class…

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So You Think You Wanna Novel?

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 8/5/17  | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM This seminar is intended for budding novelists, those who plan to start writing a novel or are in the process of writing a novel first draft. We’ll briefly discuss some basic aspects of writing and terms you should be aware of, which will help you know what to learn more about, if you haven’t already, before you get too deep into your book. We’ll also…

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After You Finish a Novel Draft: What’s Next?

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday 8/6/17  | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Congratulations! You have written a full draft of your novel or are nearing completion.  While one phase of work is done, another has just begun. This seminar will cover approaches to help you step back and get a clear sense of your novel as a whole. We’ll discuss several tools you can use when refining the structure of your narrative, and exercises to help you…

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The Author Website: Your Most Important Storytelling Opportunity

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/8/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Whether your website is one day old or ten years old, you want to make sure the resources you’ve put into your site will pay off with more readers, more sales, and more opportunities for your career. Learn about best practices for design and content, the most important areas to focus on (what do visitors…

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The Email Newsletter: Your Most Important Engagement Tool

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/15/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  E-mail marketing is the No. 1 overlooked means of reader engagement when authors evaluate their overall platform. Being able to directly reach your readers, or most avid fans, is a powerful capability that every author should have. Thankfully, it’s easy to…

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Social Media for Authors: How to Make it Worth Your Time

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/22/17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Time is one of the most precious resources anyone has, so it’s a smart writer who asks, “Is this social media stuff really the best use of my time?” While it can be a highly subjective matter (every career has different…

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Content Strategy and Content Marketing: How to Attract Readers to You

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/29/17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Most authors have heard about blogging, but they don’t have a clue what it means to develop a content strategy or participate in a content marketing effort. For writers who want to see their online writing and activity pay off, it…

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September 2017

The Writer’s Life: Setting Goals and Planning What’s Next (Only 5 spots left!)

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison FREE for Members Tuesday, 9/12/17 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM You know you love to write and you’ve taken a few classes. But how do you set writing goals, let alone achieve them? In this two-hour members-only session we will discuss the many paths writers can take and look at how WriterHouse can help you achieve your writing and publishing goals. Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach with a background in mindfulness…

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The Writer’s Life: Setting Goals and Planning What’s Next (Waiting List Available)

September 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison FREE for Members Wednesday, 9/13/17 | 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM You know you love to write and you’ve taken a few classes. But how do you set writing goals, let alone achieve them? In this two-hour members-only session we will discuss the many paths writers can take and look at how WriterHouse can help you achieve your writing and publishing goals. Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach with a background in mindfulness…

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Your Life as a Story – Class is Full

September 18 @ 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

September 19 @ 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

September 20 @ 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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Daytime Nonfiction

September 20 @ 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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Finding Your Story’s Sweet Spot (Class is Full!)

September 20 @ 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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