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February 2020

The Short Long Poem

February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christopher Kondrich $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/1/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Long poems marvel us with their expansiveness, but many short poems seem to have this quality as well. Their brevity belies their extraordinary breadth and scope. In this seminar, we’ll explore how to harness the expansiveness of long poetry for our more concise work. We’ll consider four poems—one each by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Louise Glück, Srikanth Reddy, and Robin Coste Lewis—as examples and guides,…

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Navigating the Query Trenches: Pitches, Pitfalls, and PitMad

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Emily Thiede $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/15/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm There’s a reason many writers describe querying as “going into the trenches,” but like any battle, it’s easier to survive the fight if you start with the right tools in your armory. In this course, we’ll explore resources for building (and narrowing down) a list of agents to query, and the pros-and-cons of non-traditional paths like twitter pitch contests, mentorship competitions, and writing conferences.…

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Beyond the Banana Peel: A Workshop on Writing Humor (This workshop is full!)

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Lisa Ellison and Debby Prum $80 Members | $87 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/22/20 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm NOTE: Maximum number of students - 8 Quote: “If heaven exists, to know there’s laughs, that would be a great thing.” Robin Williams During this four-hour workshop, we will discuss the elements of humor, use improv exercises and film clips to demonstrate those elements and then give participants opportunities to write short humorous pieces. NOTE: Lunch break from 12:00-1:00 PM. Participants…

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Utopia and Dystopia: Writing Heaven and Hell

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/29/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Utopia, the perfect society? Or, a planned, better one? Dystopia, a warning, a cautionary tale: if we don't stop doing .... there'll be hell to pay. We'll talk about utopia and dystopia, past and present, outline a statement of beliefs, then start individual stories set in the alternate world of these beliefs in action. Warren Rochelle lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he…

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April 2020

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 (Online seminar)

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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June 2020

What Are You Reading and What Are You Writing? (Online poetry seminar, only 1 spot left!)

June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/20/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm In this moment of unsurety, of staying at home more, of reconsidering the ways we do things, many are turning to their reading for solace, for ideas or for escape. This seminar will tap into the obvious and hopefully less-obvious connections between what we read and the poetry we write.  Participants will be asked to be ready to discuss at least one piece of…

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September 2020

Daytime Combo: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction (Online class, CANCELED!)

September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 9/16/20 – 11/18/20 | 1:00 pm -3:00 pm In this Zoom 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 turn the same lens to our own work, reading and…

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October 2020

Putting the Pen to the Page: What is involved in this year-long novel class? (Free online seminar)

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia FREE SEMINAR! Saturday, 10/10/20 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 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 their way through the generative process of drafting their novel manuscript. Curious about the class? Join us for a FREE seminar and learn about the course…

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