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January 2018

Daytime Poetry: Pattern and Form

January 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen Rembold $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/16/18 - 3/6/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM All poems, including free verse, rely on formal elements.  Join us as we workshop our poems with an eye to form, using A Little Book on Form by Robert Hass as our guide and text.  Though this is part of a continuing series, you are welcome to jump in. About the Instructor: Kristen Staby Rembold’s fourth book of poetry, Music Lesson, is…

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Social Media Lab for Writers: Crafting a Strategy and a Presence That Fits You and Your Writing Career

January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman $325 Members | $400 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/1/6/18 - 3/6/18* |  6:00 PM - 8:15 PM** *No class on Tuesday 2/13/18 **This class will meet at Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street (across from WriterHouse) Many authors have a love-hate relationship with social media, especially when it's seen as a distraction from the writing work, with nothing but the noise of what people had for lunch (or worse). But authors who use it successfully have figured out the secret:…

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Evening Poetry: Alterations – Draft to Form

January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Most $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/16/18 - 3/6/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM “Revision involves bringing into alignment with the world of that poem what that poem needs to be.” --Audre Lorde Each week we will discuss different ways to alter, or revise, our poems: from abstraction to clarity, from metaphor to description. We will also look at different drafts of well-known poems, looking at why particular poets altered or revised a poem. Or didn’t.…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction

January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/16/18 - 3/6/18  | 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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Fiction/Nonfiction Generative Workshop

January 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/17/18 - 3/7/18  | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM No time for homework? No problem. We’ll do all the writing and critique work in class, so you don’t have to do it at home. Each session will begin with a short meditation to clear our heads. Then the instructor will lead participants through a series of prompts that build on each other and move toward the goal of completing a cohesive story,…

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Daytime Fiction: Revision/Precision Toolbox

January 17, 2018 @ 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 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/17/18 - 3/7/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM This course pairs workshopping with close reading of outside texts that demonstrate success in a spectrum of classic craft challenges. We will address issues of narrative tension, clichés of the body, verisimilitude, writing emotion, point-of-view filtering and more. Pairing reading and workshopping will help writers understand their own craft challenges as well as how expert writers succeed with the same challenges. Knowing what…

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Evening Fiction: Inventing Reality

January 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/17/18 - 3/7/18  | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Fiction is life sifted through imagination. In this class we will ask what, then, makes good fiction of every genre feel so “real” and how we can achieve this effect in our own work. We’ll read short stories, novel excerpts and craft pieces, write our own fiction, and discuss each other’s work in a supportive workshop setting. We will also compare notes on…

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Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing the First Draft of Your Book-Length Memoir

January 18, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $1349* Members | $1349* Nonmembers Select Thursdays, 1/18/18 - 12/13/18** | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM *Payment plans of $323 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. **For a complete list of class dates, please see the Memoir in a Year Syllabus Have a powerful life story you absolutely must tell? Looking for support as you harness the power of that narrative? During Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing the First Draft…

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Off to a Good Start: Novel Beginnings

January 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 1/18/18 - 4/26/18* | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM *Class meets every other week for a total of 8 classes This workshop class will kick off with discussions focused on novel basics and key information about structure and reader expectations for early chapters. Beginners are welcome as are more experienced novelists looking to brush up on the basics. The bulk of the class will involve participants sharing their work as well…

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New Year, New Query

January 20, 2018 @ 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

January 27, 2018 @ 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

February 10, 2018 @ 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

February 17, 2018 @ 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

March 4, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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