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August 2018

Crafting Irresistible Characters

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Doug Lawson $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 10/27/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM What is it that makes a character truly, madly, deeply memorable—so uniquely gripping that they can’t be forgotten, so quirky that you can’t help but love them, hate them, want to take them home with you and cook them dinner? In this seminar, we’ll look at some examples of great characters from stories in different mediums (stories, novels, movies, TV) and see if we…

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September 2018

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

September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on September 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 9, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 6, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 27, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on January 15, 2019 at 6:30pm

One event on February 12, 2019 at 6:30pm

One event on March 12, 2019 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Tuesdays, 9/11/18 - 5/21/19** | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM *Payment plans of $335 per quarter 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…

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Evening Poetry: The Collagist (Class is Full!)

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 2, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 9, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 30, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 6, 2018 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Most $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 9/18/18 - 11/6/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM In this class, which is open to all poets, we will spend most of our time writing and workshopping new poems. In addition to writing new poems, each week we will read example poems that, in the broadest sense of the word, collage words, forms, sources, genres, styles, allusions. . . Collage is powered by surprise, so our guiding question will be:…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction (This Class is Full!)

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 2, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 9, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 30, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 6, 2018 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 9/18/18 - 11/6/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM This workshop will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme. Participants will discuss essays and memoir pieces submitted to the group. In addition, there will be readings and in-class exercises that address pertinent craft issues. There will also be opportunities to consider non-craft issues associated with this genre, such…

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Advanced Poetry: Packing a Punch in Your Poetic Endgame

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on September 26, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 3, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 10, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 17, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 24, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 31, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on November 7, 2018 at 9:30am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Mirabella Mitchell $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 11/7/18 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Prerequisite: Students must have taken at least two poetry classes. Renowned poet Gregory Orr argues that there are six very different kinds of endings for poems. In this class, we’ll read, explore, and discuss an array of poems ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries, and we’ll use these six diverse “species” of endings as our path into them. However, our topics…

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Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 11/7/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Students in this class should have made significant strides on the beginning of a novel. We will workshop the first 50 pages, in 25-page increments. Through close reading of each other’s work, and of some literary texts, students will gain insights to help them zero in where the beating heart of their budding novels is strongest, identify which craft issues need the…

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Novel Launch Pad: The First 50 Pages

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on September 26, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on October 10, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on October 17, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on October 24, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on October 31, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on November 7, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 1:00pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 11/14/18 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM NOTE: THE CLASS WILL NOT MEET ON OCTOBER 3! Students in this class should have made significant strides on the beginning of a novel. We will workshop the first 50 pages, in 25-page increments. Through close reading of each other’s work, and of some literary texts, students will gain insights to help them zero in where the beating heart of their budding…

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Novel 101: Premise, Story, Character (This Class is Full!)

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 3, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 10, 2018 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bruce Holsinger $94.50 Members | $105 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/19/18 - 10/10/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM This series of four evening workshops will be devoted to the conception and development of participants’ novels in progress. Whether you’ve sketched out a few pages of a fantasy epic or completed a work of historical fiction, this class is intended to help you begin shaping (or reshaping) your novel into a manuscript responsive to the conventions and expectations of the contemporary…

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Advanced Fiction: Voice and Character

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 27, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 4, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 11, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on October 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 1, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on November 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 9/20/18 - 11/8/18 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 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 peers, both…

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Pathways to Picture Book Publishing

September 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on September 28, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 5, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 12, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 19, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on October 26, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on November 2, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on November 9, 2018 at 9:30am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Fridays, 9/21/18 - 11/9/18 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 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 works 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…

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