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April 2020

Screenwriting 101 (Online course. Cancelled!)

April 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Michael Cordell $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 4/15/20 – 6/8/20 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting to increase the odds of getting your script read. This class covers key elements of screenwriting, including story structure, character development, dialogue, and exposition. We'll talk about how Hollywood thinks (to the extent that anyone knows how Hollywood thinks), and the class will also be encouraged to submit a story outline or the first ten…

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Reading for Craft: Fiction and Nonfiction (Online course)

April 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 18, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hesler $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Thursdays, 4/16/20 – 6/18/20 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (10 week class) In this class we’ll be reading published short stories and essays that employ craft strategies in especially unique or effective ways. We’ll dig deep into each piece to see what makes it work, or what keeps it from working, for each of us. Stronger readers make stronger writers, so we will be able to apply what we learn from…

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Evening Advanced Fiction Workshop: Voice and Character Development (Online course)

April 16, 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 9, 2020

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4/16/20 – 6/9/20 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm This workshop-heavy class will provide writers at least three opportunities to have a full class workshop. Students will have one-on-one feedback sessions with both instructor and classmates. Participants are required to have fiction work ready to workshop at the outset of class or be able to produce material week-to-week. Students will be asked to write, read, and provide feedback to…

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Picture Book Boot Camp (Online seminar)

April 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Hannah Barnaby $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/18/20 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm What makes picture books so magical? The alchemy of text and art creates a unique medium for a story, turning it into something more than just the combination of words and pictures. It might seem like a mystery, but writing picture books is far from impossible -- it just takes a special set of skills and a peek behind the curtain. Hannah Barnaby --…

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Title Wave (Cancelled!)

April 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Joan Mazza $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/25/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm A strong title immediately places your work above the work of others. The best agents and editors know that compelling titles are assets to literary successes. Effective titles set the stage for the reader to anticipate interest. In this seminar, we'll explore strategies for choosing titles that attract interest in your writing, no matter the genre. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of…

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

April 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chris Register $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 4/25/20 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Narrative nonfiction authors face many decisions along their journey from proposal to print. Whether curating material for a historical snapshot, recreating conversations for a travelogue, or painting a scene for a memoir, the challenges are the same: where to begin, what to tell and leave out (and in what order), how much dialogue versus backstory to employ, and—of course—that elephant in the writing room: to…

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May 2020

Self-Publishing 101 (Cancelled!)

May 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Doug Lawson $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/2/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm While traditional publishers are reducing advances, royalties, and asking authors to handle more and more marketing for their books, there's a renaissance happening in the self-publishing world today. New and established writers are bringing their works directly to readers, without stigma, and many are making some decent money as a result. This seminar will focus on what you, as a writer, may need to…

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Rabbit Holes and Easter Eggs: Writing Historical Fiction (Online seminar)

May 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Liza Taylor $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/9/20 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Liza Nash Taylor’s two forthcoming historical novels are set in 1925 and 1931. ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS, partially set in Keswick and Charlottesville, comes out August 18. IN ALL GOOD FAITH will follow in 2021. Liza will supply resources and discuss pitfalls, Easter eggs, and cheats for research techniques for setting, characters, and working with historical figures, as well as crafting period-appropriate dialogue and backgrounds.…

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Flash Fiction: Standing Dangerously Close to the Flame (Cancelled!)

May 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Debbie Daniel $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 5/9/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Flash dance. Flash fire. Flash bulb. Flash flood. Flash burn. Flash mob. Flash point. Let’s explore the genre we call flash, both the stand-alone story and the novella-in-flash. We’ll attempt to pin down what it is, and discover how to make one out of shiny words and bangles and churning clouds and unique characters you might notice sitting on a bus or in an…

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March 2021

The Craft of Prose (multi-genre) – This class has been canceled

March 22, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Chris Register $75 Members | $82 Nonmembers Monday - Friday, 3/22/21 – 3/26/21 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am The Craft of Prose is a week-long mini course based in the notion that good writing should be an end unto itself. Together, we will: • examine the elements of sentence, paragraph, and chapter construction; • survey advice from masters of the trade; • explore ways to enhance storytelling and persuasiveness through concise syntax, and; • address any specific challenges…

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

March 24, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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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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Go On, Get Out There! Getting Your Work Noticed

April 10, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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Exit Strategies: How to End a Poem (This seminar is full!)

April 25, 2021 @ 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

Tell Your Story: Launch and Sustain Your Creative Writing Project (multi-genre) – Ongoing class

May 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until May 12, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Deborah Harris $189 Members | $210 Nonmembers Mondays and Wednesdays, 3/22/21 – 5/12/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Do you have a story inside, waiting to be told? Are you struggling to begin? To keep going? To figure out where you'll end up? Welcome to the writing life. Come to this workshop and launch yourself into it. Share your work with supportive, thoughtful classmates. Discuss the fundamentals of writing — narrative, structure, point-of-view, voice — and how they…

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Advanced Poetry Workshop: Poetry as Anchor – Ongoing class

May 12, 2021 @ 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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Advanced Fiction: Planning Your Plot Roller Coaster – Ongoing class

May 18, 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 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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Earning That Creative License: A Generative Class for Nonfiction Writers – Ongoing class

May 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 27, 2021

WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jody Hobbs Hesler $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Thursdays, 3/25/21 – 5/27/21 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Ten-week class) Emphasizing the “create” in creative nonfiction, this generative writing class will employ exercises to help creative nonfiction writers dig deeper into hard to recreate real-life scenes. Students will explore techniques more often associated with fiction writing to fully embody and envision motivations, conversations, behaviors, and backstories about which limited or no factual information exists. In-class exercises can help spark…

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January 2022

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

January 12 @ 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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