We're excited to offer new classes and seminars, including a contemporary poets reading class, a young adult fiction workshop, and an editing class for prose writers. Check out the full schedule of 8-week classes and weekend seminars.
Scholarships: We have a limited amount of funding to help those who want to take a class or seminar but can't afford it. In order to apply, please download and fill out our Scholarship/Subsidy Form and send it to us with your class registration and partial payment. We ask that anyone who receives subsidies please remember us with a donation when you are able.
Early Registration Discount: For Fall 2014 classes, if you register by 9PM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and pay by cash or check, you can take an additional 5% early registration discount. The discount is not available when you pay via credit card or PayPal.
Register now for the annual James River Writers Conference, October 17-19. Just down the road from us in Richmond, is one of the best regional writing conferences in the country. Three days packed with panel discussions, talks by prize-winning authors, and the entertaining and enlightening Pitch-a-Palooza and First Pages Critiques by editors and agents. Sign up for a personal session to pitch your book to an agent. Meet writers from all over the region. And, your conference registration includes a ticket to the The Library of Virginia’s annual Literary Luncheon, featuring Barbara Kingsolver.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: SEPTEMBER 21
Those of you who have been working on drafts of novels have asked for a class that will help you get your book to the finish line. We're happy to announce a new year-long group for experienced writers who have finished at least one full draft of a novel.
This will be an MFA-level class led by novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of three books published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Man Alive! (, 2013), The Bowl is Already Broken (2005), and The Frequency of Souls (1996).
Admission to this class will be by application and will be limited to 10 students. The fee is $2,499 for the entire year (beginning in November 2014 and running until October 2015) and will include an individual manuscript consultation with the instructor, copies of 4 novels, and a few other bonuses we're working on but can't announce yet.
Your Novel: Getting to the Final Draft
November 2014-October 2015
20 Class/Workshop Sessions
(Sunday Evening/Monday Mornings, dates below)
Individual Consultation and Group Writing Sessions
Instructor: Mary Kay Zuravleff
If you've drafted a book, you're already a novelist. Here is your chance to shape that draft into the book that not only matches your vision but also captivates an audience! "Getting to the Final Draft" provides deadlines, compassionate criticism, a community of writers, and master classes on the art and business of revising a novel.
This MFA-Level workshop covers the basics, such as identifying the point of view, structure, and verb tense that best serves your book. Ready to go deeper? You'll also practice bringing characters to life, illuminating the intimate detail, using exposition with finesse, and grabbing the reader by the throat for the read of a lifetime. You'll take apart three published novels, too, to understand how each was constructed. And before it's over, you'll write and rewrite a pitch to deliver to agents!
Class size is limited to 10, and participants must apply for admission.
June TBA (Guest Instructor)
September TBA (Individual Conferences)
October 17-19 (James River Writer's Conference)
Instructor: Don Fry
Cost: $10 Members | $25 Non-Members
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT
Work with writing coach Don Fry in a three-on-one coaching session. Each writer gets 20 minutes while the other two listen. (The secret is that you learn most by listening to the other two writers' sessions.) We will explore your writing process to help solve your biggest problem. Don does not work with text; writers' problems occur not in the text, but in the process that produced the text.
Instructor: Joel Jones
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-Members
Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Limited to 12 students.
Dip your stinky toe into the art of writing comic sketches! Whether you’re a writer wanting to explore a new medium or a fan of comedy wanting to know how sketch shows operate, this one-day workshop is for you. Guided examples from classic routines and quick-fire exercises will teach you to recognize the funny stuff, whether it’s in the characters, relationships or entire worlds. You’ll learn how to develop your peeves into characters, and how to turn characters into hilarious situations, plus you’ll get a taste of a ‘writer’s room’ atmosphere. Rubber chickens welcome!
Friday Opening Reception,
October 3, 2014
A FREE evening of art and wine
WriterHouse is proud to present the work of local artist Matalie Deane for the month of September.
Matalie loves to share her story of her native Virginia in her paintings. You might experience a calm stream, brilliant sunset, a historical statement, or a creature's expression. Her paint flows out the feeling of Virginia.
The Friday opening reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments courtesy of DuCard Vineyards. The exhibit will remain on display through November 2nd.
Instructor: Kenzie Allen
Cost: $90 Members | $100 Non-Members
Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Limited to 12 students.
Applying to graduate programs in creative writing can be daunting, but it can also be exciting, rewarding, and even fun! In this seminar we'll cover the basics and initial questions of application research (Is an MFA the right step for me? What schools are a good fit for my goals? Low-residency or full-residency? Where do I begin?), the ins and outs of preparing your application materials (such as the Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, and the ever-important Writing Sample) and the types of programs and options available. You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on your application materials.
Please join us Friday, October 24, at 7:00 pm for a Literary Salon with poet Erika Meitner.
Poet Erika Meitner will talk with fellow poet Kevin McFadden about the idea of poetry as documentary: what happens when you take on an assignment to report on an entire city—in verse? In 2010, Meitner went to Detroit on assignment for VQR to find out the answer. In the process, she discovered new poetic tactics for documenting her own personal struggles in an unflinching way. Free and open to the public.
Thank You to our Sponsors for
Words and Wine 2013
The following businesses and individuals contributed prizes, food, or other in-kind or cash donations to help make the event a success:
If you're not a member of WriterHouse's fabulous community of writers, here's what you might be missing:
- Discounts on writing classes and workshops
- Advance notification of new writing classes
- Eligibility to apply for workspace and conference room rental
- Admission to public areas of house during open hours
- Admission to members-only events
- Link to your writing site from our website
- Your own blog hosted on the WriterHouse server
Members-only events include our Anniversary Members Party and an upcoming panel of literary journal editors. You can join the fun by joining WriterHouse today.