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July 2020

Readings from “My Shadow Is My Skin” hosted by editor Katherine Whitney (Virtual reading)

July 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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On July 22 at 6:00 pm, join WriterHouse member, Renata Khoshroo Louwers, and anthology contributors, Roger Sedarat and Mehdi Okasi, as they read from their essays and discuss the powerful collection with editor Katherine Whitney.  The Iranian revolution of 1979 launched a vast, global diaspora, with many Iranians establishing new lives in the United States. In the four decades since, the diaspora has expanded to include not only those who emigrated immediately after the revolution but also their American-born children,…

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August 2020

Virtual launch of “Etiquette for Runaways” by Liza Nash Taylor

August 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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.

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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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Virtual 2020 Words and Wine Celebration!

October 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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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…

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February 2021

Snowed Under a Blizzard of Unfinished Stories? (Online seminar)

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until February 28, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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…

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March 2021

Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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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.  

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Law and Authors: Jacqueline Lipton in Conversation with Jane Friedman

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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  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…

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Writing, Revising, Pitching: What is involved in this year-long novel class? (Free online seminar)

March 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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…

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April 2021

Go On, Get Out There! Getting Your Work Noticed

April 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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…

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Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult: What’s the best fit for your SciFi/Fantasy novel idea?

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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…

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May 2021

WriterHouse Virtual 13th Birthday Celebration and Happy Hour!

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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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…

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June 2021

The Facts of Fiction 1: Creating Compelling Characters

June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $30 Members | $35 Nonmembers Saturday, June 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Seminar Series: The Facts of Fiction This June seminar series covers four of the core concepts for writing effective fiction. Writers may take the entire series or only specific sessions. Writers who sign up for all four seminars will receive a $5 credit for each seminar completed. The total credit will be applied after the last seminar. The credit may be used to offset registration fees…

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The Facts of Fiction 2: Nailing the Narrative Arc

June 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $30 Members | $35 Nonmembers Saturday, June 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Seminar Series: The Facts of Fiction This June seminar series covers four of the core concepts for writing effective fiction. Writers may take the entire series or only specific sessions. Writers who sign up for all four seminars will receive a $5 credit for each seminar completed. The total credit will be applied after the last seminar. The credit may be used to offset registration fees…

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The Facts of Fiction 3: Balancing Backstory and Action

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $30 Members | $35 Nonmembers Saturday, June 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Seminar Series: The Facts of Fiction This June seminar series covers four of the core concepts for writing effective fiction. Writers may take the entire series or only specific sessions. Writers who sign up for all four seminars will receive a $5 credit for each seminar completed. The total credit will be applied after the last seminar. The credit may be used to offset registration fees…

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Quatrains: A Workshop (ongoing seminar)

June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on June 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Sunday, June 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Session Two: Sunday, June 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm In this workshop we'll do a deep dive into the quatrain - what does it mean to write in these stanzas?  Where have they taken poetry in the past?  What can we do with them?  We'll talk about, of course, formal considerations, but also some more philosophical ones.  Participants will produce original…

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The Facts of Fiction 4: Drafting Authentic Dialogue

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $30 Members | $35 Nonmembers Saturday, June 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Seminar Series: The Facts of Fiction This June seminar series covers four of the core concepts for writing effective fiction. Writers may take the entire series or only specific sessions. Writers who sign up for all four seminars will receive a $5 credit for each seminar completed. The total credit will be applied after the last seminar. The credit may be used to offset registration fees…

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September 2021

Liza Nash Taylor Book Launch: In All Good Faith

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join us at New Dominion Bookshop on September 10 at 7:00 pm as we celebrate the release of Liza Nash Taylor’s novel "In All Good Faith." This in-person event will be cosponsored by WriterHouse and will be free and open to the public.   About the Book: In the summer of 1932, Americans are coming to realize that the financial crash of 1929 was only the beginning of hard times. In rural Virginia, May Marshall finds herself juggling her marriage…

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October 2021

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson: My Monticello

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Join us at The Haven (112 W. Market St.) as we celebrate the release of Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s debut book, "My Monticello." A signing will follow. This in-person event will be cosponsored by WriterHouse and New Dominion Bookshop and will be free and open to the public. The doors for the event will open at 6:45 PM. We recommend arriving early for the best seating. Copies of My Monticello will be for sale in the lobby of The Haven before…

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

October 9 @ 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 @ 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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