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January 2021

Advanced Fiction (Online course) – This class is full!

January 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until March 3, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 1/11/21 – 3/3/21 | 9:30 am – 10:45 am Requirements: Students are asked to purchase Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy. In this class, we will spend Mondays studying techniques that will make your fiction more engaging, gripping, and vivid. We will discuss selections from Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy, as well as short stories and novel excerpts from Bret Anthony Johnston, Rebecca Makkai, and others. On…

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Multi-genre course: The Language of Environment (Online course) – This class is full!

January 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until March 3, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Erika Howsare $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 1/11/21 – 3/3/21 | 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm “Nature writing” might make you think of Thoreau or John Muir, but it’s obvious that the world has moved beyond the state of idyllic wilderness. We need writing that tries to reckon with our current conditions—finding words for the grief, rage, and yet joy and connection that we feel in the midst of the Anthropocene. This will be a multi-genre…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction (Online course) – This class is full!

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Brendan Wolfe $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 1/11/21 – 3/3/21 | 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm In this workshop, we'll critique student writing in addition to considering samples of a few published selections. We’ll consider essays and memoir as a distinctive genre, with the goal of moving from the chin-strokingly philosophical—"What is a true story?" "Is it memoir or mem-wah?"—to the more practical: "How should this story be told?" "How do I convince my readers to…

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Explorations in Imitation: Using Poetry to Communicate the Uncommunicable (Online course)

January 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: James Cole $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Thursdays, 1/11/21 – 3/4/21 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm The goal of poetry has always been to communicate sensation and emotion through keen deployment of sound, structure, and image. However, the concrete nature of language imposes limits on our ability to share experiences. How does one use noumena (things as they are) to convey phenomenon (things as they appear) in an effective, engaging way? How can poets produce nuance…

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Putting the Pen to the Page: Drafting Your Novel in One Year (Online class) – This class is full

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Tuesdays, 1/5/21 - 8/31/21** | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM *Payment plans will be available to students accepted into this program. Overview: Putting the Pen to the Page is an opportunity for writers to study the craft of creative writing, share and workshop portions of their novel manuscript, provide and receive constructive criticism, and work with a published author at an MFA-level of instruction as they write their way through the…

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Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing the First Draft of Your Book-Length Memoir (Will meet on-line)

January 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Thursdays, 3/5/2020 - 2/18/2021** | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM *Payment plans of $360.25 per quarter will be available for students accepted to this program. **For a complete list of dates, please see the 2020 Memoir in a Year Part I 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…

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Chopped: The Writing Class (Online course)

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 4, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler $115 Members | $128 Nonmembers Thursdays, 1/14/21 – 3/4/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Inspired by the TV cooking game show Chopped, this generative writing class will present students with a new "basket" of four "ingredients" each week. "Ingredients" might include objects, people, moods, genres, etc. During our writing time, each writer will not only include all four items, but must "transform" them so that they work together organically. Students may write fiction, nonfiction, or…

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Engaging Beginnings, Middles, and Endings When Writing for Children & Teens (Online seminar)

January 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kathryn Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Sunday, 1/24/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Session Two: Sunday, 1/31/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Whether you’re writing a picture book, chapter book or novel for young readers, what are the elements you need for a great beginning? How much is enough to introduce the story and what is too much information? How do you manage the murky, meandering middle without getting sidetracked by beautifully written scenes…

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February 2021

Snowed Under a Blizzard of Unfinished Stories? (Online seminar)

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until February 28, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Weekend One: Saturday & Sunday, 2/20/21 & 2/21/21 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am Weekend Two: Saturday & Sunday, 2/27/21 & 2/28/21 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am How many days does a blizzard last? That's an unanswerable question, but this short story "blizzard" will span four days. Bring your blanket, bring your hot chocolate and bring a short story you want to polish for publication. We’ll examine point of view, character development, and story arc, but we’ll…

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March 2021

Memoir in a Year Part II: Finish and Revise the Draft of Your Book (Online course) – Waitlist only

March 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Thursdays, 3/4/2021 - 2/17/2022** | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM *Payment plans will be available for students accepted to this program. **For a complete list of dates, please see the 2021 Memoir in a Year Part II Syllabus This class is a follow-on to the 2020 Memoir in a Year Part I year-long course. It will continue the study of memoir craft and technique, include in-class writing exercises, workshop new and revised…

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Writing The Pandemic Through SciFi: Plague Tales (Online seminar)

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on March 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Saturday, March 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Session Two: Sunday, March 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Imaginative responses to the pandemic are beginning to appear.  But plague literature, plague fiction, has been around for a long time. Boccacio writes about the Black Death in The Decameron in 1349-1353. In 1722, Daniel Defoe published A Journal of the Plague Year,  "the account of one man's experience of the year 1665, when the bubonic…

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