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April 2020

Daytime Poetry (Online course)

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until June 4, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Mariflo Stephens $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/14/20 – 6/4/20 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am Whether you're an experienced poet who has worked in the field for years or an aspiring writer who needs direction or impetus, this class can help jump start your creative impulse. Each week we’ll experiment with a poetic technique, then write a poem to workshop the next week. In our discussions, we will focus on revision techniques, and there will…

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Advanced Fiction/Nonfiction Workshop (Online course)

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until June 4, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/14/20 - 6/4/20 | 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM The goal of this Advanced Fiction and Creative Nonfiction workshop is to push you to a new level of professionalism and take you from a first draft to a submission-ready final draft. The workshop will be about quality, not quantity, as we adopt a more tough-minded, detailed approach. Since everyone is expected to have a certain level of experience, we…

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Evening Poetry: Day in/Day out (Online course)

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until June 4, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Most $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/14/20 – 6/4/20 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm In this class, open to all poets, we will spend the bulk of our time writing, reworking, and discussing new poems. We will also focus on the daily precursors of poetry: observations, notes, journals, conversations, poems, books…. Our guiding question will be how are we working into/out of a poem. John Most earned his PhD in media philosophy from the…

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Daytime Generative Writing (Online course)

April 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday and Friday, repeating until June 5, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays and Fridays, 4/15/20 – 6/5/20 | 9:30 am – 10:45 am 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…

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Screenwriting 101 (Online course)

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until June 8, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Michael Cordell $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 4/15/20 – 6/8/20 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting to increase the odds of getting your script read. This class covers key elements of screenwriting, including story structure, character development, dialogue, and exposition. We'll talk about how Hollywood thinks (to the extent that anyone knows how Hollywood thinks), and the class will also be encouraged to submit a story outline or the first ten…

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Reading for Craft: Fiction and Nonfiction (Online course)

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 18, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 4/16/20 – 6/18/20 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (10 week class) In this class we’ll be reading published short stories and essays that employ craft strategies in especially unique or effective ways. We’ll dig deep into each piece to see what makes it work, or what keeps it from working, for each of us. Stronger readers make stronger writers, so we will be able to apply what we learn from…

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Evening Advanced Fiction Workshop: Voice and Character Development (Online course)

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until June 9, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/16/20 – 6/9/20 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm This workshop-heavy class will provide writers at least three opportunities to have a full class workshop. Students will have one-on-one feedback sessions with both instructor and classmates. Participants are required to have fiction work ready to workshop at the outset of class or be able to produce material week-to-week. Students will be asked to write, read, and provide feedback to…

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Picture Book Boot Camp (Online seminar)

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/18/20 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 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 words 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 --…

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Propelled by Story, Constrained by Truth: Exploring the Boundaries of Narrative Nonfiction (Online seminar)

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chris Register $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/25/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Narrative nonfiction authors face many decisions along their journey from proposal to print. Whether curating material for a historical snapshot, recreating conversations for a travelogue, or painting a scene for a memoir, the challenges are the same: where to begin, what to tell and leave out (and in what order), how much dialogue versus backstory to employ, and—of course—that elephant in the writing room: to…

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May 2020

Rabbit Holes and Easter Eggs: Writing Historical Fiction

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Liza Taylor $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/9/20 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Liza Nash Taylor’s two forthcoming historical novels are set in 1925 and 1931. ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS, partially set in Keswick and Charlottesville, comes out August 18. IN ALL GOOD FAITH will follow in 2021. Liza will supply resources and discuss pitfalls, Easter eggs, and cheats for research techniques for setting, characters, and working with historical figures, as well as crafting period-appropriate dialogue and backgrounds.…

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