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.
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 October.
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.
Instructor: Jane McGuire
Cost: $100 Students
Saturday, October 18, 2014
& Sunday, October 19, 2014
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
NEW SEMINAR ADDED
Limited to 12 students.
Join us for an intensive two-afternoon writing workshop for students eager to move forward with their college essays. A seasoned teacher and admissions expert will provide an overview of successful essays and how to avoid common pitfalls, lively discussion and brainstorming, and varied writing exercises to generate engaging personal essays that capture authentic voice and vision. Getting started is the hardest part, but with expert advice and feedback, you’ll be well on your way! LIMITED TO RISING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS.
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.
Instructor: Erika Meitner
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-Members
Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Limited to 12 students.
How can we learn to stop worrying about offending readers of our work? In this seminar, we'll explore taboos in poetry and ways to break common writing blocks around difficult subjects. We'll learn about various American rebel poets and poetic movements, and closely read poems by Catullus, Frank O'Hara, Sharon Olds, Denise Duhamel, and others. We'll also create new material using in-class writing exercises around taboo topics. Please bring a draft of a poem about something you consider “taboo.”
Please join us Friday, November 14, at 7:00 pm for a Literary Salon with author Ed Falco.
UVA history professor Brian Balogh will interview author Ed Falco about his novel Toughs and the questions that arise when writing a novel based on historical events. Is the author required to present an accurate picture of the historical character, or is it okay to manipulate the character to the purposes of the novel? Should the author be faithful to events as they transpired, or is it permissible to manipulate events to fit the structure of the novel? Free and open to the public.
Please join us Sunday, December 7, at 2:00 pm for a Literary Salon with author Andrew D. Kaufman.
Join us on Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 PM, when UVA religious studies professor Dr. Kristin Swenson will interview Dr. Andrew D. Kaufman, a renowned Russian literature scholar, about how he turned his lifelong passion for Tolstoy into his recent work of creative nonfiction, Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Kaufman will talk about how he made the transition from academic to trade publishing, the relationship between his life as a literary scholar and his life as a writer, and what he learned from Tolstoy about writing prose. 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.