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December 2019

Staying the Course (Ongoing Class)

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on October 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on March 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on April 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on May 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on June 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on July 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $260 Members | $289 Nonmembers Meets monthly on Saturday for eleven months: 9/28/19, 10/26/19, 11/23/19, 12/14/19, 1/25/20, 2/29/20, 3/28/20, 4/25/20, 5/23/20, 6/27/20, 7/25/20 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm This is a course for committed writers who want some structure and accountability for reaching their writing goals. Reaching these goals is often more easily said than done. We often lose our way when we have no sounding board, no one to check in with to see if…

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January 2020

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

January 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on October 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on October 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on November 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on November 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm

One event on January 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on February 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on March 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on April 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on May 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Mondays, 9/9/19 - 5/21/20** | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM *Payment plans of $335 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS PASSED.   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…

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Evening Advanced Creative Nonfiction

January 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 3, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 1/14/20 - 3/3/20 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM NOTE: This class will start and end half an hour earlier than other evening classes. The goal of this Advanced 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…

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Writing, Revising, Pitching: Getting Your Novel Out of the Drawer and Off to Market

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on March 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on March 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on April 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on April 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on May 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on May 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on June 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on July 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on July 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on August 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on September 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on September 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on October 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Randall Klein$1299* Members | $1299* NonmembersSelect Wednesdays 1/15/20 – 11/4/20 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM*Payment plans of $309 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program.   Overview: For most novelists, the ultimate goal is to get published. Before that, however, comes much revision, along with some frustration and confusion at a seemingly impenetrable system of submission, waiting, and hoping. "Writing, Revising, Pitching" is a class for people who have written a substantive portion of…

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Evening Poetry

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 4, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Douglas Nordfors $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/15/20 – 3/4/20 | 6:30 pm -9:00 pm This course will follow the traditional, tried-and-true workshop model. Participants will bring in a poem each class to be critiqued by fellow students and the instructor.  For anyone who appreciates outside prompts, an optional assignment will be given each week.   The aim will be to create a rigorous, but stress free, atmosphere suitable for veteran as well as novice poets. Any style of…

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Daytime Combo: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

January 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until March 12, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 1/16/20 – 3/12/20 | 1:00 pm -3:30 pm NOTE: No class on 3/5. Last class will be on 3/12. In this workshop, we will read one story or essay by a published author each week and discuss what makes it tick. How exactly does the piece work (or not)? We’ll dig into a wide range of craft topics, as they come up—point of view, characterization, pacing, suspense, mystery, etc. Next we’ll…

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Daytime Generative Writing (This class is full!)

January 22, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until March 11, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/22/20 – 3/11/20 | 9:30 am -12:00 pm NOTE: This class will start and end one week later than other eight-week classes. 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…

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Evening Fiction: Short Stories — Memorable Openings

January 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 11, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash$189 Members | $210 NonmembersWednesdays, 1/22/20 - 3/11/20 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PMNOTE: This class will start and end one week later than other eight-week classes. Our first short story paragraphs can make or break a story’s journey. Litmags receive hundreds of submissions, and if page one can’t compel readers, the story is instant slush. Notice Flannery O’Connor’s first line in “A Good Man is Hard to Find:” The grandmother did not want to go to Florida.…

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Memoir in a Year Part I: Writing the First Draft of Your Book-Length Memoir (Application Deadline Extended!)

January 23, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on June 18, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on July 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on August 6, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on September 3, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on September 17, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on October 1, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on October 15, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on November 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on November 12, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on November 19, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on December 3, 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on December 10, 2020 at 9:30 am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $1399* Members | $1399* Nonmembers Select Thursdays, 1/23/20 - 12/10/20** | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM *Payment plans of $335 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. **For a complete list of class 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…

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Fiction and the Craft of Character (Only 1 spot left!)

January 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bruce Holsinger $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 1/25/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm This seminar will address the making of human characters in fiction. Characters--believable, authentic, sympathetic--are the lifeblood of story. Who wants to read or keep reading a novel if we don’t care about the fellow human beings inhabiting its setting and guiding its plot? We’ll look at several examples of great characters, learn about the relationship between character and story structure, and try out some…

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