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June 2018

Evening Fiction: Craft, Second Draft, and Beyond – Only One Spots Left!

June 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Amanda Korman $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 6/5/18 - 7/10/18  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM In writing fiction we begin with what fascinates, dogs, startles us—“You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment” Annie Dillard tells us. The writing process is about making that astonishment live outside ourselves, on the page, so that any reader anywhere can feel it, too. In this class we will sharpen our fiction-writing tools, develop strategies to…

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Fiction/Nonfiction Generative Workshop – Session is Full!

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Sharon Harrigan $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 6/6/18 - 7/11/18  | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM No time for homework? No problem. We’ll do all the writing and critique work in class, so you don’t have to do it at home. Each session will begin with a short meditation to clear our heads. Then the instructor will lead participants through a series of prompts that build on each other and move toward the goal of completing a cohesive story,…

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Evening Creative Nonfiction

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Jay Varner $150 Members | $165 Nonmembers Thursdays, 6/7/18 - 7/12/18 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Through writing, reading, and discussion, we will explore narrative nonfiction: storytelling about real people, real places, and real events. Creative nonfiction allows a writer to employ the diligence of a reporter, the shifting voices and viewpoints of a novelist, the refined wordplay of a poet, and the analytical modes of an essayist. About the Instructor: Jay Varner is the author of Nothing…

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The Sexy Art of Critiquing Manuscripts

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/23/18  | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM No matter the genre, writers need high-quality feedback to take their work from draft to done. But where do you start? Structure? Character development? Line edits? How can you ensure that what you offer is what the writer really needs?  Successful critiquing should be satisfying for both the giver and the receiver of the critique. During this three-hour session, you’ll learn how to align your feedback…

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Igniting Your Flash Fiction

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Robert Boucheron $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/23/18 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Flash fiction is prose less than 1000 words, with a definite story and sharply drawn characters. It can often be written in one or two sittings. We will analyze a few published examples, look at magazines that publish flash, engage in some writing exercises, read aloud, and comment. If it sounds a bit like theater improv, just say yes. About the instructor: Robert Boucheron…

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A Writer’s Diamonds: Similes, Metaphors, Rhythm and Style

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Janet Martin $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/30/18  | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Have you ever noticed that some words clarify while other words sing?  That some sentences explain while others sparkle?  That phrases stand like statues or skip like sparrows? Often the difference has to do with hidden bits of style invoked by those who sprinkle their manuscripts with imaginative diamonds--similes, metaphors, and rhythms--unusual comparisons that separate good writers from great.  In this interactive WriterHouse course we…

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July 2018

Strong Openings: Right from the Start

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Noley Reid $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Sunday, 7/22/18  | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM After the title, a short story’s opening can make or break its connection with a reader. After all, the first words, first sentence, first paragraph are the most visible and the spot where most readers, editors, and agents decide to stop reading altogether. In this workshop, we will examine the openings to dozens of well-published authors’ short stories, noting the many techniques used and how…

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Weeklong Fiction Intensive

July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Christina Ward-Niven $139 Members | $147 Nonmembers Monday - Friday 7/30/18 - 8/3/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Modeled after the intensive workshops held at writers' conferences, this class will meet every afternoon for a week. We'll start each session with a craft-focused discussion of pre-assigned reading, and then we'll workshop two fiction pieces per day. Expect a supportive, constructive environment suitable for fiction writers of all levels. Note: Each participant will be expected to submit a double-spaced story…

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Memoir 101: The Inciting Incident

July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Lisa Ellison $139 Members | $147 Nonmembers Monday - Friday 7/30/18 - 8/3/18 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM For memoirists, there’s the story we want to tell and the reason we’re telling it. Vividly recording our first memories can help us understand our motivations and the universal truths we wish to capture. During this five-day class, you’ll learn the elements of storytelling (character development, setting, conflict, and writing effective dialogue) and how to use these elements to create memorable…

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(HE)ART Speaks: The Mindful Connection Between Poetry and Art

July 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructors: Lisa Ellison and Jum Jirapan **FREE for WriterHouse Members Tuesday, 7/31/18 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Dive inward during this meditative writing experience inspired by the artwork of Jum JIrapan. This free event will include prompts, a conversation with the artist, meditations facilitated by Lisa Ellison and opportunities to share. Snacks will be provided. You bring the creativity and good cheer. About the instructors: Lisa Ellison, Ed.S. is an editor, instructor, and program manager at WriterHouse with a background…

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August 2018

Plot Part One: From Conception to Story

August 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Wednesday, 8/1/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM This four-hour creative writing workshop with author Max Sheridan will show aspiring and more experienced writers how to concept and develop plots for their stories. Using Kurt Vonnegut’s ideas on “story shapes” as a springboard, we’ll see how plots typically evolve according to basic principles. We’ll also look at the ideas of pacing (a story’s rhythm) and conflict (tension), and explore two different techniques for…

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Plot Part Two: Plot in Action

August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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Instructor: Max Sheridan $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Thursday, 8/2/18  | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Just like good music in a movie, when plots are done right, you might not even notice them. In this second four-hour workshop, we’ll be looking at actual plots from stories that work and then taking them apart to see why. After that, we’ll see how the missing piece in this puzzle—character—interacts with plot to turn a concept into a relatable, gripping story. Participation in…

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