Spring Poetry Class: Revising & Revisiting (online class)


Instructor: Aran Donovan $170 Members | $185 Nonmembers Tuesdays, 4/2/24 – 5/21/24 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM WriterHouse strongly recommends any student at greater risk for contracting Covid-19 wear a mask. In the event of significant Covid-19 upticks, students must be prepared for the mask policy to change and to transition to a virtual platform […]

Tell Your Story: A Creative Writing Workshop (online class)


Instructor: Deborah Harris $170 Members | $185 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 4/3/24 – 5/22/24 | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Whether you’re just beginning a memoir or well into your novel, this class will help you generate new work as you dig deeply into the fundamentals of creative writing. Each week, we’ll warm up our writing muscles with the […]

Writing About Art: Ekphrastic Poems (in-person seminar)

WriterHouse 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA, United States

Instructor: Margaret Mackinnon $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/15/24 | 1:00-5:00 PM In some sense, all art is a response to other works of art. This is especially true with ekphrastic poetry, which are poems written in response to existing visual images. In this seminar, we’ll look at ekphrastic poems by other writers and […]

Innovative Tools to Spice Up Your Character Development (in-person seminar)

WriterHouse 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA, United States

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday, 6/22/24 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Get ready to roll up your sleeves and try out some innovative tools to develop your characters. Strong characters are a key component in fiction, but sometimes the tried-and-true methods of character development just don’t spark our creativity. This […]

A Publishing Playbook for Debut Novelists (in person seminar)

WriterHouse 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA, United States

Instructor: Crystal Hana Kim $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturday 6/29/24 |12:00 – 2:30 PM You've finished your novel. Now what? The publishing process can often feel opaque and confusing for emerging writers. In this class, I will discuss the ins and outs of the publishing industry, including the pros and cons of an MFA […]

The Fiction Writers Studio (online class)


Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer Tuesdays, 6/4/24 – 7/9/24 | 1:00 PM–3:30 PM $170 Members | $185 Nonmembers Join us to hone your fiction skills in a collaborative writing and learning environment. Class sessions will blend readings, workshops, discussions of personal writing challenges/insights, presentations on craft/writing process topics, and more. Participants will get feedback on their work, […]

Narrative Nonfiction: Using the Tools of a Novelist to Tell Gripping True Stories (online class)


Instructor: Tod Olson Wednesdays, 6/5/24 — 7/17/24 | 1:00–3:00 PM $170 Members | $185 Nonmembers Do you love a true story well told? For some readers there’s nothing more satisfying than a great biography, or books like Unbroken, Devil in the White City, and Killers of the Flower Moon. For curious writers, a narrative nonfiction […]

Begin at the Beginning: Poems About Families (online two-part seminar) – Registration is closed. Email programs@writerhouse.org to be added to wait list.


Instructor: Margaret Mackinnon $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Wednesdays, 6/19/24 & 6/26/24 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET There are probably as many approaches to the subject of family as there are poets and poems. In one famous piece, Lucille Clifton recalls a vivid childhood memory of her mother. Li Young-Lee movingly describes a […]

Write On! 2024 Summer Writing Workshop for 6th – 8th Grades — This session is full!

WriterHouse 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, United States

Session 1: Rising 6th – Rising 8th Grades Day: Monday-Friday, July 15–July 19, 2024 Time: 12:30 - 4:30 PM at WriterHouse Cost: $240 on or before 4/30/2024; $260 on or after 5/1/2024 Unleash your creativity in this week-long writing workshop! You will have the freedom to write what you want (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, songs!) while […]

Rhyme (online seminar series)


Instructor: Neil Perry $60 Members | $65 Nonmembers Saturdays 7/13/24 & 7/20/24 |10:00 – 11:30 AM Love it or hate it, rhyming is quite possibly the first thing that many think of when they think of poetry. My grandmother used to disdain any poem that didn't rhyme. I've known workshop leaders who have banned rhyming […]