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September 2019

100 Thousand Poets for Change Global Event

September 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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“Lingering in the Margins” Poetry Anthology, Reading and Q&A

September 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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The River City Poets Anthology Lingering in the Margins grew from three women’s love of poetry. Their humble idea was to offer an opportunity for fledgling poets in their community to be published. Two years and two hundred poetry submissions later, Lingering in the Margins represents the unique voice of over 50 poets, both new and experienced, woven into a tapestry of perspectives. Readings from eight contributors will be followed by a discussion of how our creative spark became published book. Co-editors Joanna Lee, Judy…

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October 2019

Villanelle Crash Course

October 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Claudia Gary $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 10/27/19 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Improve your villanelle skills, or write your first one. Guided by an internationally published author of villanelles, sonnets, and other metrical poems, you'll first read classic and contemporary villanelles to see why they work. The class will write a group villanelle, and then, with or without shortcuts, you’ll write one of your own. Next you'll see how your new poem can be improved by…

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January 2020

Evening Poetry

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 4, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Douglas Nordfors $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 1/15/20 – 3/4/20 | 6:30 pm -9:00 pm This course will follow the traditional, tried-and-true workshop model. Participants will bring in a poem each class to be critiqued by fellow students and the instructor.  For anyone who appreciates outside prompts, an optional assignment will be given each week.   The aim will be to create a rigorous, but stress free, atmosphere suitable for veteran as well as novice poets. Any style of…

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February 2020

The Short Long Poem

February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christopher Kondrich $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 2/1/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Long poems marvel us with their expansiveness, but many short poems seem to have this quality as well. Their brevity belies their extraordinary breadth and scope. In this seminar, we’ll explore how to harness the expansiveness of long poetry for our more concise work. We’ll consider four poems—one each by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Louise Glück, Srikanth Reddy, and Robin Coste Lewis—as examples and guides,…

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April 2020

The speaker, and the Art of the Imaginary Real (Cancelled!)

April 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Derek Kannemeyer $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/4/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Not every poem is written out of personal experience, or in the writer's own voice, or even from a point of view with which the poet agrees. As readers, we know and accept this. Poets, unlike (say) memoirists, are allowed, even expected, to blur the line between fiction and non-fiction, in their pursuit of a higher imaginative truth. As writers, do we exploit the…

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Daytime Poetry (Online course. Cancelled!)

April 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Mariflo Stephens $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/14/20 – 6/4/20 | 10:00 am – 11:15 am Whether you're an experienced poet who has worked in the field for years or an aspiring writer who needs direction or impetus, this class can help jump start your creative impulse. Each week we’ll experiment with a poetic technique, then write a poem to workshop the next week. In our discussions, we will focus on revision techniques, and there will…

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Evening Poetry: Day in/Day out (Online course)

April 14, 2020 @ 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 June 4, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: John Most $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/14/20 – 6/4/20 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm In this class, open to all poets, we will spend the bulk of our time writing, reworking, and discussing new poems. We will also focus on the daily precursors of poetry: observations, notes, journals, conversations, poems, books…. Our guiding question will be how are we working into/out of a poem. John Most earned his PhD in media philosophy from the…

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June 2020

What Are You Reading and What Are You Writing? (Online poetry seminar, only 1 spot left!)

June 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/20/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm In this moment of unsurety, of staying at home more, of reconsidering the ways we do things, many are turning to their reading for solace, for ideas or for escape. This seminar will tap into the obvious and hopefully less-obvious connections between what we read and the poetry we write.  Participants will be asked to be ready to discuss at least one piece of…

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September 2020

100 Thousand Poets for Change Virtual Global Event

September 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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During this time of an unprecedented global pandemic, the arts are necessary now more than ever. WriterHouse is co-sponsoring this virtual event. To participate or attend, contact Polly Lazaron at (434) 960-3270 or pollylazaron@gmail.com.

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November 2020

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

November 11, 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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Daytime Poetry (Online class, This class is full!)

November 12, 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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January 2021

Daytime Poetry: Addiction, Family, and the Unrecognizable – CANCELLED

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Joanna Currey $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1/12/21 – 3/4/21 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm “I liked Hell, / I liked to go there alone” writes Marie Howe in “Magdalene: The Addict,” a line that seems to come from the psyche of a person both keenly self-aware and utterly emotionally detached. What is addiction, and who suffers from it? How does it affect a person’s life or the lives of those who love them? And…

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March 2021

Explorations in Imitation: Using Poetry to Communicate the Uncommunicable (Online course)

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday and Thursday, repeating until March 4, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: James Cole $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Thursdays, 1/11/21 – 3/4/21 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm The goal of poetry has always been to communicate sensation and emotion through keen deployment of sound, structure, and image. However, the concrete nature of language imposes limits on our ability to share experiences. How does one use noumena (things as they are) to convey phenomenon (things as they appear) in an effective, engaging way? How can poets produce nuance…

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April 2021

Exit Strategies: How to End a Poem (This seminar is full!)

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on April 25, 2021 at 10:00 am

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chet'la Sebree $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Saturday, April 24, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Session Two: Sunday, April 25, 10:00 am - 11:30 am A poem is only as strong as all of its parts—the opening, the language, the imagery, the closing. Even though that is the case, the end of a poem is the final image or idea with which readers are left. How do you determine how to end a poem and what a…

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May 2021

Advanced Poetry Workshop: Poetry as Anchor – Ongoing class

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 12, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Joanna Currey $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 3/24/21 – 5/12/21 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm This class will focus primarily on sharing and workshopping participant writing. It will also include close reading and analysis of the kinds of poems we keep coming back to—poems that are bright lights in times of trouble and poems that serve as anchors throughout every season of life. This class will include prompts based on the readings and opportunities for participants to…

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June 2021

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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July 2021

Daytime Poetry: Advanced Poetry Workshop (ongoing class)

July 14 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 14, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chet'la Sebree $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 6/9/21 – 7/14/21 | 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm In this advanced poetry workshop, we'll work on further developing our voices as poets through discussions, workshops, and close readings of poems. Students will walk away from the class with a clearer sense of their individual practices as poets. By Wednesday, May 26, students registered for the workshop will be required to submit a short packet of poems (3-5 pages) and read…

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The Poet’s Mythos (ongoing class)

July 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until July 14, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: James Cole $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 5/31/21 – 7/7/21 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm New Start Date: Class will begin on 6/2/21, makeup class to be scheduled at first class meeting. Every writer develops their own motifs, themes, and unique voice, but sometimes these elements aren’t obvious. In this class, we will focus on the emotional and narrative threads interwoven throughout each student’s work. We will use workshops, close readings, and personal critique to…

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August 2021

Poetry Seminar: The Golden Shovel (Online seminar) – Canceled!

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Joanna Currey $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Session One: Saturday, 8/7/21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Session Two: Saturday, 8/14/21 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am (Two-part seminar) What is a golden shovel poem, and what inherent meanings might the form carry? What tradition are you participating in when you write one? And why bother with form at all? In this two-part seminar, we will explore these questions, look at the history and origins of this young form, and…

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