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Past Events › Featured Events
On August 20 at 6:30 pm, WriterHouse joins New Dominion Bookshop in sponsoring WriterHouse member Liza Taylor reading from her debut novel, Etiquette for Runaways. The reading will be followed by a conversation with author Francine Mathews. The event is free to the public. To register for this Zoom event, click here. For more information about the book, visit the event page at New Dominion Bookshop.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
It's time for Words and Wine, the signature annual fundraiser for WriterHouse, an organization whose mission is to promote the creation and appreciation of literature and to encourage the development of writers at all levels by providing affordable, secure workspace and meeting space, high quality writing instruction, and literary events for the public. This year the pandemic forced us to put on our thinking caps and come up with a creative and safe way to hold the event. We gathered…Find out more »
Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Weekend One: Saturday & Sunday, 2/20/21 & 2/21/21 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am Weekend Two: Saturday & Sunday, 2/27/21 & 2/28/21 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am How many days does a blizzard last? That's an unanswerable question, but this short story "blizzard" will span four days. Bring your blanket, bring your hot chocolate and bring a short story you want to polish for publication. We’ll examine point of view, character development, and story arc, but we’ll…Find out more »
WriterHouse is partnering with The Center and The Virginia Festival of the Book to present a discussion with the authors of "Unacceptable." Click HERE for more information and to register for this Zoom event.Find out more »
In partnership with The Virginia Festival of the Book, WriterHouse presents: 2:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 14 Law and Authors: Jacqueline Lipton in Conversation with Jane Friedman Jacqueline Lipton, law professor, consultant, and literary agent, discusses her accessible, reader-friendly handbook for authors, agents, and editors in navigating the legal landscape of the contemporary publishing industry, in conversation with publishing expert Jane Friedman. In "Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers," Lipton addresses issues of copyright, explaining fair use…Find out more »
Instructor: Randall Klein FREE SEMINAR! Wednesday, 3/24/21 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Writing, Revising, Pitching is an opportunity for writers to push through to completion or to revise and polish their novel with a supportive group of peers and an experienced instructor. Over the course of nine months, each writer will have two opportunities to workshop their full manuscript. In addition, the instructor will share his experience in the publishing industry to help writers take the next steps toward getting…Find out more »
Instructor: Liza Nash Taylor $30 Members | $35 Nonmembers Saturday, April 10, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Here at WriterHouse we’re taught to be better writers, but it’s up to us to get our work out there and learn how to be writers in the world. Liza will share her own experience and methods for finding publishing and submission opportunities that are a fit for your short stories, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She’ll also discuss creating an author…Find out more »
Instructor: Emily Thiede $40 Members | $45 Nonmembers Saturday, April 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Can you curse in YA? How long are MG novels? Are dragons "in" or "out?" If my main character is 17 years old, can my book still be for adults? What does "crossover" mean? In recent years, the publishing world has drawn some clear lines (and some less clear lines) between age-categories, so how can writers decide where their book idea might belong? In…Find out more »
WriterHouse is officially a teenager! To celebrate, we're combining our monthly Writers Happy Hour with a birthday party. Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 20, from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, for the WriterHouse Virtual 13th Birthday Celebration and Happy Hour. This interactive Zoom session will be hosted by YA author (and WriterHouse Board member) Emily Thiede. During this festive hour, we will discuss the challenges of continuing a writing practice during the pandemic, and how WriterHouse provided a structure to do…Find out more »
JMRL and WriterHouse Announce Poetry Contest Winner! The poem, “Carolina Wrens,” by Mary McCue has been selected as this year’s JMRL-WriterHouse Poetry Contest winner. Laura Wallace was named runner-up for the poem “Aphasia." Congratulations to Mary and Laura...
Creative Writing Summer Program for Grades 6-8 Dates of Camp (virtual camp)Monday-Friday, June 28 - July 2, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Monday-Friday, July 5 - July 9, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Grades Rising 6th - Rising 8th: Writing Workshop with Erin James In this...
As part of the #TheWrite2Heal series of events, WriterHouse once again joins with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library to co-sponsor the 2021 Poetry Contest for Adults Calling all poets! April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate by entering our Poetry Contest. The...