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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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November 2020

Writing, Revising, Pitching: Getting Your Novel Out of the Drawer and Off to Market (Will meet online)

November 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Randall Klein$1299* Members | $1299* NonmembersSelect Wednesdays 1/15/20 – 11/4/20 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM*Payment plans of $309 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, effective 4/15/20 the class will meet via Zoom.  Overview: For most novelists, the ultimate goal is to get published. Before that, however, comes much revision, along with some frustration and confusion at a seemingly impenetrable system of submission, waiting, and hoping. "Writing, Revising,…

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January 2021

Fiction from Soup to Nuts – CANCELLED

January 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1/12/21 – 3/4/21 | 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm Like a seven-course meal, this class offers a little bit of everything. Class discussions on a variety of writing topics—such as effective beginnings, smooth transitions between scenes/chapters, and how to write better sentences—will sate your appetite. The best part is that what you're craving will help shape the menu: the class offers participants the opportunity to share topics of interest to…

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

January 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States
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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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Engaging Beginnings, Middles, and Endings When Writing for Children & Teens (Online seminar)

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on January 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kathryn Erskine $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Sunday, 1/24/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Session Two: Sunday, 1/31/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Whether you’re writing a picture book, chapter book or novel for young readers, what are the elements you need for a great beginning? How much is enough to introduce the story and what is too much information? How do you manage the murky, meandering middle without getting sidetracked by beautifully written scenes…

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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

Advanced Fiction (Online course) – This class is full!

March 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until March 3, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 1/11/21 – 3/3/21 | 9:30 am – 10:45 am Requirements: Students are asked to purchase Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy. In this class, we will spend Mondays studying techniques that will make your fiction more engaging, gripping, and vivid. We will discuss selections from Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy, as well as short stories and novel excerpts from Bret Anthony Johnston, Rebecca Makkai, and others. On…

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Writing The Pandemic Through SciFi: Plague Tales (Online seminar)- CANCELLED!

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Warren Rochelle $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Saturday, March 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Session Two: Sunday, March 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Imaginative responses to the pandemic are beginning to appear.  But plague literature, plague fiction, has been around for a long time. Boccacio writes about the Black Death in The Decameron in 1349-1353. In 1722, Daniel Defoe published A Journal of the Plague Year,  "the account of one man's experience of the year 1665, when the bubonic…

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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

Hearing Voices: Narration and Dialogue in Fiction – Ongoing seminar

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on April 3, 2021 at 11:00 am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Andrew Martin $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Saturday, March 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Session Two: Saturday, April 3, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Voice, in both narration and dialogue, is one of the most important elements of fiction, but also one of the most difficult to get right. How do we channel the voices we hear in our heads, and out in the world, into writing that is both artful and realistic? How do we…

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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

Advanced Fiction: Planning Your Plot Roller Coaster – Ongoing class

May 18 @ 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 May 18, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3/23/21 – 5/13/21 | 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Prerequisite: Students are required to submit a chapter or story for instructor review prior to acceptance to the class. A hallmark of good fiction is that it keeps readers turning the page, eager to see what happens next. As writers, we know that what needs to look effortless doesn't always come so easily. Creating a compelling plot that manages to…

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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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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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July 2021

Advanced Fiction: First Novels, First Pages (class is full!)

July 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until July 6, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Bruce Holsinger $100 Members | $108 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 6/1/21 - 7/6/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Class Requirement: Students are required to submit a one-paragraph description and the first ten pages of their novels to the instructor for approval to enroll in the class. Please email samples to programs@writerhouse.org. As any agent or editor will tell you, a fiction submission can stand or fall on the strength of the first page. Does the page resonate with a voice…

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August 2021

Character Development Campout (Online class) – Class Canceled!

August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $95 Members | $105 Nonmembers Monday, 8/2/21 – Thursday, 8/5/21 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Saturday & Sunday, 8/7/21 and 8/8/21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Six class meetings in one week) Grab your writing gear and get ready for an immersive character development experience. Writers will spend six sessions over a week encamped with colleagues as we focus on refining characters until they feel so real that we’ll know how they like their s’mores. Heck,…

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Putting the Pen to the Page: Drafting Your Novel in One Year (Ongoing class)

August 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia $1,399* Members | $1,399* Nonmembers Select Tuesdays, 1/5/21 - 8/31/21** | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM *Payment plans will be available to students accepted into this program. Overview: 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…

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September 2021

Writing, Revising, Pitching: Getting Your Novel Out of the Drawer and Off to Market (Ongoing class)

September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Randall Klein$1349* Members | $1349* NonmembersSelect Wednesdays 4/28/21 – 1/12/22 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM*Payment plans of $322 per quarter will be available to students accepted into this program. NOTE: This class will meet via Zoom. Overview: For most novelists, the ultimate goal is to get published. Before that, however, comes much revision, along with some frustration and confusion at a seemingly impenetrable system of submission, waiting, and hoping. "Writing, Revising, Pitching" is a class for people who…

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