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Write On! 2024 Summer Novel Intensive for Rising 9th – 12th Grades

July 31 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

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Session 3: Rising 9th – Rising 12th Grades
Day: Monday-Friday, July 29–August 2, 2024
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 PM at WriterHouse
Cost: $240 on or before 4/30/2024; $260 on or after 5/1/2024.

Have you started writing a novel, or do you want to? Whether you have a work-in-progress or want to start something new, this week-long novel-writing intensive is for you! From the real to the surreal, commonplace to fantastical, we will explore how vivid narrative works: through the power of provocative hooks, engaging characters and dialogue, and a variety of story structures that weave together complex lives and events. You’ll have lots of writing time as well as skill-building exercises for key fiction elements like plot, setting, characters, scenes, and more. Throughout the week you will also have the opportunity to share ideas, get feedback, and refine your work. *All genres of fiction are welcome! Limit 10 students.

Extend the experience! We offer a discounted price of $450 if you register by 4/30/2024 for both Session 2 (Writing Workshop) and Session 3 (Novel Intensive). Email programs@writerhouse.org if interested in the combined registration for Session 2 and Session 3.

Instructor Bio:

Erin James has taught English and Creative Writing for more than a decade, and she is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University. In addition to working with students at WriterHouse for the past ten years, she has been both a student and teacher at UVa’s Young Writers Workshop, and a judge for the Writer‘s Eye Creative Writing Contest hosted by the University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art for the past ten years. She has attended two week-long workshops for Teachers as Writers at Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, and last summer received an author fellowship to attend the Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing. Before she began teaching, she studied Journalism and English at New York University and received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia. In addition to writing, Erin loves reading, hiking, practicing and teaching yoga, cooking, being outside, traveling, and spending time with her partner, sons Noah and Jacob, and friends.

Register by Mail for Session 3: Print and complete this 2024 Write On! Registration Form and mail it with check to the address on the form.

Register Online via PayPal for Session 3:  PayPal prices are slightly higher to cover processing fees. If registering by PayPal, you must print, complete, and email or mail the 2024 Write On! Registration Form for your camper’s registration to be complete.) 

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July 31
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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