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August 2017

Of Brevity and Bigness

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Annie Kim Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 8/5/17 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Brevity is the soul of wit. But what of poetry? Working from the premise that even big poems are made up of well-tooled little parts, we'll dig into examples of both big and little poems to unpack the art of poetic brevity. We'll explore ideas for revising work with an eye toward speed and grace. While writers of all levels are welcome, this class…

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So You Think You Wanna Novel?

August 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Saturday, 8/5/17  | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM This seminar is intended for budding novelists, those who plan to start writing a novel or are in the process of writing a novel first draft. We’ll briefly discuss some basic aspects of writing and terms you should be aware of, which will help you know what to learn more about, if you haven’t already, before you get too deep into your book. We’ll also…

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After You Finish a Novel Draft: What’s Next?

August 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor:Kristie Smeltzer Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members Sunday 8/6/17  | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Congratulations! You have written a full draft of your novel or are nearing completion.  While one phase of work is done, another has just begun. This seminar will cover approaches to help you step back and get a clear sense of your novel as a whole. We’ll discuss several tools you can use when refining the structure of your narrative, and exercises to help you…

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The Author Website: Your Most Important Storytelling Opportunity

August 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/8/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Whether your website is one day old or ten years old, you want to make sure the resources you’ve put into your site will pay off with more readers, more sales, and more opportunities for your career. Learn about best practices for design and content, the most important areas to focus on (what do visitors…

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The Email Newsletter: Your Most Important Engagement Tool

August 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/15/17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  E-mail marketing is the No. 1 overlooked means of reader engagement when authors evaluate their overall platform. Being able to directly reach your readers, or most avid fans, is a powerful capability that every author should have. Thankfully, it’s easy to…

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Social Media for Authors: How to Make it Worth Your Time

August 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/22/17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Time is one of the most precious resources anyone has, so it’s a smart writer who asks, “Is this social media stuff really the best use of my time?” While it can be a highly subjective matter (every career has different…

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Content Strategy and Content Marketing: How to Attract Readers to You

August 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Room @ Indoor Biotechnologies, 700 Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA,
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Instructor: Jane Friedman Individual Sessions: $75 Members | $100 Non-members Tuesday, 8/29/17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Session will be held in the conference room at Indoor Biotechnologies (across from WriterHouse) *Purchase all five sessions for a discounted bundle price.  Most authors have heard about blogging, but they don’t have a clue what it means to develop a content strategy or participate in a content marketing effort. For writers who want to see their online writing and activity pay off, it…

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July 2018

Strong Openings: Right from the Start

July 22, 2018
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Noley Reid $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 7/22/18  | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM After the title, a short story’s opening can make or break its connection with a reader. After all, the first words, first sentence, first paragraph are the most visible and the spot where most readers, editors, and agents decide to stop reading altogether. In this workshop, we will examine the openings to dozens of well-published authors’ short stories, noting the many techniques used and how…

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Memoir 101: The Inciting Incident (Class is Full!)

July 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $139 Members | $147 Nonmembers Monday - Friday 7/30/18 - 8/3/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM For memoirists, there’s the story we want to tell and the reason we’re telling it. Vividly recording our first memories can help us understand our motivations and the universal truths we wish to capture. During this five-day class, you’ll learn the elements of storytelling (character development, setting, conflict, and writing effective dialogue) and how to use these elements to create memorable…

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Weeklong Fiction Intensive (Class is Full!)

July 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $139 Members | $147 Nonmembers Monday - Friday 7/30/18 - 8/3/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Modeled after the intensive workshops held at writers' conferences, this class will meet every afternoon for a week. We'll start each session with a craft-focused discussion of pre-assigned reading, and then we'll workshop two fiction pieces per day. Expect a supportive, constructive environment suitable for fiction writers of all levels. Note: Each participant will be expected to submit a double-spaced story…

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(HE)ART Speaks: The Mindful Connection Between Poetry and Art

July 31, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Lisa Ellison and Jum Jirapan **FREE for WriterHouse Members | $15 for Nonmembers Tuesday, 7/31/18 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Experience art as meditation through this hands-on seminar that explores the connection between poetry and art. Make your own artwork using the simple painting technique Jum Jirapan used to create her WriterHouse exhibit. This event will include prompts, a conversation with artist Jum Jirapan, meditations facilitated by Lisa Ellison, and opportunities to share. Snacks will be provided. We'll provide the…

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August 2018

Plot Part One: From Concept to Story Arc

August 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Wednesday, 8/1/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM This four-hour creative writing workshop with author Max Sheridan will show aspiring and more experienced writers how to concept and develop plots for their stories. Using Kurt Vonnegut’s ideas on “story shapes” as a springboard, we’ll see how plots typically evolve according to basic principles. We’ll also look at the ideas of pacing (a story’s rhythm) and conflict (tension), and explore two different techniques for…

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Plot Part Two: Plot in Action

August 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Thursday, 8/2/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Just like good music in a movie, when plots are done right, you might not even notice them. In this second four-hour workshop, we’ll be looking at actual plots from stories that work and then taking them apart to see why. After that, we’ll see how the missing piece in this puzzle—character—interacts with plot to turn a concept into a relatable, gripping story. Participation in…

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Write On! Comic Book Writing Camp

August 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Laura Lee Gulledge Cost: $125.000 Saturday, August 4, 2018, and Sunday, August 5, 2018  | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM This special weekend workshop is for 12-17 year-olds interested in making COMICS! Critically acclaimed graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge will share her techniques for telling stories through words and pictures, sharing original artifacts and demonstrating the process drawing live with the group. Participants will then develop their own original characters and make their own six-panel mini comic book using Laura Lee's…

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August 2019

Why Then? Why There? Setting Fiction in Time and Place

August 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Cliff Garstang $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 8/3/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm In this seminar we will examine the implications of making particular choices for the setting of a work of fiction. Does it matter when the story takes place? Does it matter if the narrative is current or retrospective? And how can the writer use the physical setting to deepen the reader’s engagement with the work. Through examination of well-known works, both stories and novels,…

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Gender Benders: Exploring the “Other”

August 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 8/4/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Suppose you identify as female but want to write a male’s point of view? Literature would suffer if writers failed to explore characters of the “other” gender, male or trans. Gender refers to individuals’ concept of themselves; sex refers to biological differences. Not every female is nurturing and emotionally expressive; all males aren’t silent and emotionally distant. Not only do socialization and embedded cultural…

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Crafting Successful Characters in Children’s Literature

August 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kathy Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Tuesday, 8/6/19 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Characters can make or break your story, whether you’re writing picture books, early readers, or middle grade and young adult novels. We’ll talk about how to make caustic characters engaging, bland characters attention-grabbing, and all characters feel like real people. This is a hands-on workshop so come prepared to do exercises in class—not sit-ups and pushups … unless, of course, that’s what your character…

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Navigating Self-Publishing Using Amazon KDP (This seminar is full!)

August 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Nicolay $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 8/10/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm This seminar takes the student through the process of using Amazon’s “Kindle Direct Print” for publishing any project as a softcover book. We will discuss each element of the process, starting with formatting the “to-be” work so that KDP remains happy. John Nicolay is a professor in The Graduate School, University of Maryland. He is an officer with the Blue Ridge Writers, and a…

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Problem-Solving Mini-Retreat for Writers (This seminar is full!)

August 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Louise Mitchell NOTE: This seminar is free for members only. Sunday, 8/11/19 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Break through writer’s block, deepen your writer’s voice, connect with a new project, have insight on a work in progress. Enjoy a nature-based, closed-eye exercise that inspires you to write in your natural, creative flow. Wear casual, comfortable clothing. Bring writing paper and pens or pencils. No meditation experience is necessary, but a willingness to relax and invite the guidance of…

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Telling Your Story: Personal Essay and Memoir (This seminar is full!)

August 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bill Glose $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 8/11/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm This seminar will focus on structure and storytelling elements of essays and memoirs. Practical exercises will incorporate brainstorming and organizational techniques to gather details and focus your story on a particular theme. The class will also discuss ethical dilemmas associated with true-life stories. Bill Glose is a former paratrooper and combat platoon leader. Now a civilian, he undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking across Virginia…

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