Loading Events

Past Events › Upcoming Classes

Events Search and Views Navigation

Find Events

Event Views Navigation

Events Search

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
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

Writing Your Family Story

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

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
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

Make It New: Beyond Retelling in Poetry

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

May 2018

Care and Feeding of Compelling Characters

May 12 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

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.…

Find out more »

The Writer’s Lens

May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

June 2018

Picture Book Boot Camp

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $80 Members | $87 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/2/18  | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM What makes picture books so magical? The alchemy of text and art creates a unique medium for a story, turning it into something more than just the combination of works and pictures. It might seem like a mystery, but writing picture books is far from impossible -- it just takes a special set of skills and a peek behind the curtain. Hannah Barnaby --…

Find out more »

Revisiting the Sonnet

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/9/18  | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM The sonnet is the room in the house of poetry that just won't go away. It is unassuming - a small bedroom perhaps - yet essential. Why do we still write sonnets? How should you write one? What do they mean?  This seminar will explore these questions by thinking on the history of the sonnet, the contemporary variety of sonnets, the use of the sonnet…

Find out more »

Not Just On Any Walden Pond: Taking Nature into New Poetry Images – Seminar is Full!

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Off-Site Retreat Charlottesville,

Instructor: Sara Robinson $80 Members | $87 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/16/18 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM We will focus in this retreat on how nature can inspire our creativity and craftsmanship. What can nature teach us about the “senses” in our writing? Writers will be encouraged to bring their journals, writing notebooks, cameras, to take in surroundings and craft poetry as spontaneous response to surroundings. Workshop and critique techniques will be used to encourage and support one another’s writings. Exercises…

Find out more »

Jump-Start Your Narrative

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

The Sexy Art of Critiquing Manuscripts

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

Igniting Your Flash Fiction

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Robert Boucheron $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/23/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Flash fiction is prose less than 1000 words, with a definite story and sharply drawn characters. It can often be written in one or two sittings. We will analyze a few published examples, look at magazines that publish flash, engage in some writing exercises, read aloud, and comment. If it sounds a bit like theater improv, just say yes. About the instructor: Robert Boucheron…

Find out more »

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
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

July 2018

Strong Openings: Right from the Start

July 22
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Noley Reid $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 7/22/18  | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM After the title, a short story’s opening can make or break its connection with a reader. After all, the first words, first sentence, first paragraph are the most visible and the spot where most readers, editors, and agents decide to stop reading altogether. In this workshop, we will examine the openings to dozens of well-published authors’ short stories, noting the many techniques used and how…

Find out more »

(HE)ART Speaks: The Mindful Connection Between Poetry and Art

July 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructors: Lisa Ellison and Jum Jirapan **FREE for WriterHouse Members | $15 for Nonmembers Tuesday, 7/31/18 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Experience art as meditation through this hands-on seminar that explores the connection between poetry and art. Make your own artwork using the simple painting technique Jum Jirapan used to create her WriterHouse exhibit. This event will include prompts, a conversation with artist Jum Jirapan, meditations facilitated by Lisa Ellison, and opportunities to share. Snacks will be provided. We'll provide the…

Find out more »

August 2018

Weeklong Fiction Intensive (Class is Full!)

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 31, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on August 1, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on August 2, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on August 3, 2018 at 1:00pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $139 Members | $147 Nonmembers Monday - Friday 7/30/18 - 8/3/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Modeled after the intensive workshops held at writers' conferences, this class will meet every afternoon for a week. We'll start each session with a craft-focused discussion of pre-assigned reading, and then we'll workshop two fiction pieces per day. Expect a supportive, constructive environment suitable for fiction writers of all levels. Note: Each participant will be expected to submit a double-spaced story…

Find out more »

Plot Part One: From Concept to Story Arc

August 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Wednesday, 8/1/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM This four-hour creative writing workshop with author Max Sheridan will show aspiring and more experienced writers how to concept and develop plots for their stories. Using Kurt Vonnegut’s ideas on “story shapes” as a springboard, we’ll see how plots typically evolve according to basic principles. We’ll also look at the ideas of pacing (a story’s rhythm) and conflict (tension), and explore two different techniques for…

Find out more »

Plot Part Two: Plot in Action

August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Thursday, 8/2/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Just like good music in a movie, when plots are done right, you might not even notice them. In this second four-hour workshop, we’ll be looking at actual plots from stories that work and then taking them apart to see why. After that, we’ll see how the missing piece in this puzzle—character—interacts with plot to turn a concept into a relatable, gripping story. Participation in…

Find out more »

Memoir 101: The Inciting Incident (Class is Full!)

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on July 31, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on August 1, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on August 2, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on August 3, 2018 at 1:00pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Lisa Ellison $139 Members | $147 Nonmembers Monday - Friday 7/30/18 - 8/3/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM For memoirists, there’s the story we want to tell and the reason we’re telling it. Vividly recording our first memories can help us understand our motivations and the universal truths we wish to capture. During this five-day class, you’ll learn the elements of storytelling (character development, setting, conflict, and writing effective dialogue) and how to use these elements to create memorable…

Find out more »

Crafting Irresistible Characters

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map

Instructor: Doug Lawson $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 10/27/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM What is it that makes a character truly, madly, deeply memorable—so uniquely gripping that they can’t be forgotten, so quirky that you can’t help but love them, hate them, want to take them home with you and cook them dinner? In this seminar, we’ll look at some examples of great characters from stories in different mediums (stories, novels, movies, TV) and see if we…

Find out more »
+ Export Events