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November 2019

Submission Bootcamp, Part II: I’ve Finished Writing My Book, Now What?

November 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Liza Taylor $35 Members | $38 Nonmembers Sunday, 11/3/19 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Note: The Submission mini-seminars may be taken separately or together, but you must register for each one individually. As they say at the Publisher’s Clearinghouse, “If you don’t enter, you can’t win.” Finding an agent for your manuscript is tough. This seminar will discuss preparing book manuscripts for submission, researching literary agents, writing and formatting a query letter and synopsis, submission strategies, and dealing…

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Confessions of a Book Reviewer (Seminar has been canceled!)

November 10, 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, 11/10/19 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm As the Books editor for Virginia Living for the past 16 years, Bill Glose has sifted through hundreds of book marketing campaigns. In this seminar, he will discuss how he chooses which books to review and the mistakes that many beginning authors do that harm their chances. He will also discuss the lifespan of a book and show participants how to make a publicity…

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September 2020

Novel Incubator (Online class, This class is full!)

September 14, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Randall Klein

Instructor: Randall Klein $330 Members | $365 Nonmembers Mondays, 9/14/20 – 1/18/21 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm NOTE: This class requires instructor permission Maybe you’ve been meaning to start a novel for ages and you need the extra nudge to finally take the plunge. Or, maybe you’ve started a novel and it’s getting away from you, and you need some guidance on how to grab the reins and steer it back on course. Maybe you have a short story…

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Daytime Poetry (Online class, This class is full!)

September 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until November 12, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Instructor: Erika Howsare $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9/15/20 – 11/12/20 | 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm The purpose of this workshop is to assist you to claim yourself as an artist/writer and to help strengthen your own unique writing voice through a series of exercises particularly designed for this, writing examples, as usual and helpful feedback from others. (If you happen to be one of few lucky ones who have never had a bad experience with writing and…

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Advanced Creative Nonfiction (Online class)

September 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until November 5, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Kauffmann $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9/15/20 – 11/5/20 | 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm NOTE: This class requires instructor permission The goal of this Advanced Creative Nonfiction workshop is to push you to a new level of professionalism and take you from a first draft to a submission-ready final draft. The workshop will be about quality, not quantity, as we adopt a more tough-minded, detailed approach. Since everyone is expected to have a certain…

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

September 16, 2020 @ 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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Chopped: The Writing Class (Online class, This class is full!)

September 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 5, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler $115 Members | $128 Nonmembers Thursdays, 9/17/20 - 11/5/20 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Inspired by the TV cooking game show "Chopped," this generative writing class will present students with a new "basket" of four "ingredients" each week. "Ingredients" might include objects, people, moods, genres, etc. During our writing time, each writer will not only include all four items, but must "transform" them so that they work together organically. Students may write fiction, nonfiction, or…

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Intermediate/Advanced Poetry Workshop (Online class, This class is full!)

September 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until November 11, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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Instructor: Erika Howsare $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 9/21/20 – 11/11/20 | 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm NOTE: This class starts one week later than the rest This is a course for students with some experience conceiving and crafting poetic work, though you need not be published. Our focus will be on refreshing our writing practice through new sources of inspiration that help us break our writerly habits. To that end we will explore various poetic prompts, making…

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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, 2020 @ 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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The Buoyancy of Hope: A Workshop Fostering Resilience in Your Creative Life (Online seminar) – CANCELED!

October 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Facilitator: Deborah Prum $40 Members | $45 Nonmembers* Session One, Wednesday, 10/21/20 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am Session Two, Wednesday, 10/28/20 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am NOTE: 8 participant maximum *WriterHouse is able to offer this class at a significant discount because the instructor has very generously agreed to donate part of her fee. Last February, we wondered how long our lives would be affected by the pandemic. Most of us thought in terms of days and weeks,…

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Propelled by Story, Constrained by Truth: Exploring the Boundaries of Narrative Nonfiction (Online class)

October 26, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until October 30, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chris Register $75 Members | $82 Nonmembers Monday - Friday, 10/26/20 - 10/30/20 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am Five-day mini-course Narrative nonfiction authors face many decisions along our journey from proposal to print. Whether curating material for a historical snapshot, recreating conversations for a travelogue, or painting scenes for a memoir, the challenges are the same: where to begin, what to tell and leave out (and in what order), how much to employ dialogue versus backstory, and—of course—that…

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November 2020

Surviving The Query Trenches: “Pitching, Pitfalls, and PitMad, Oh My!” (Online seminar) – Cancelled!

November 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Emily Thiede $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One, Saturday, 11/7/20 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Session Two, Sunday, 11/8/20 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 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…

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July 2021

Staying the Course (Online class)

July 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler $260 Members | $289 Nonmembers Every other Saturday for eleven months, 9/19/20 - 7/24/21 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm This course is designed for writers charting their way through longer projects, such as novels, memoirs, story collections, etc., but it could also work for writers who are simply working toward a more disciplined writing practice. In this class, we will set broad goals for the year and more specific targets for each next class meeting; discuss…

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October 2021

Writing The Other – Online seminar (only 3 spots left!)

October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler $30 Members | $35 Nonmembers Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Every time we tell a story that includes a point of view beyond our own experience, we are “writing the other.” How do we effectively enter a point of view that doesn’t belong to us? What are some dangers in inhabiting voices that are not our own? Using writing exercises and group discussions in this two-hour session, we’ll explore issues from authenticity to…

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Behind the Scenes of the Publishing World – Online seminar

October 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on October 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Elle Cosimano $75 Members | $82 Nonmembers Session I: Wednesday, 10/6/21 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Session II: Wednesday, 10/13/21 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Critically acclaimed, award-winning author Elle Cosimano will take you behind the scenes of publishing, from the finished draft to the bookstore shelf, in this information-packed, two-session course. Topics of discussion will include the following. Session I: From Draft to Contract (90 min) - Finding and landing the right agent - What do…

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November 2021

Explore Effective Ways To Tell Your Truth, Real or Made-Up – Online class

November 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, repeating until November 15, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: BettyJoyce Nash $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays, 9/27/21 – 11/15/21 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Our brains churn out stories, real and made-up, but in capturing our narratives, questions about content, but also genre, style, form, and more plague us. Writers in any genre are welcome in this class where we’ll question our stories and how to tell them. We’ll generate new work by writing from prompts because they surprise and provoke the subconscious, offering insights that probe…

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Evening Poetry – Online class

November 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until November 18, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Most $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9/28/21 – 11/18/21 | 6:30 pm - 7:45 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 look at what different poets do in addition to writing the poem, whether it is writing about poetry, taking notes, thinking, researching, or reading. John Most earned his PhD…

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Daytime Poetry – Online class

November 24, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until November 24, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Erika Howsare $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 10/4/21 – 11/24/21 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm This is a course for students with some experience conceiving and crafting poetic work, though you need not be published. We will refresh our writing practice through new sources of inspiration that help us break our writerly habits. To that end, we'll explore various poetic prompts and nurture the development of a regular and mindful practice of writing. The course…

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Elements of Fiction – Online class

November 30, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 30, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Sharon Harrigan

Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 10/5/21 – 11/23/21 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm NOTE: CLASS WILL NOT MEET ON NOV. 9. A MAKEUP SESSION HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 30. For the first part of each class, we will analyze a short story that is emblematic of a particular writing technique. The stories will be an eclectic assortment of literary fiction, with a focus on contemporary writers. For the second part of class, we will…

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December 2021

Developing Compelling Characters and Choosing the Right Point of View – Online class

December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until December 2, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10/5/21 – 12/2/21 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm NOTE: This class will not meet the week of Thanksgiving, the week of November 22. The last week of classes will be held the following week, the week of November 29. When we're doing our job well as writers, fiction readers get attached to the characters we create. Whether they love our characters, love to hate them, or just find…

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