Upcoming events at WriterHouse

Blueberry YearsFriday, May 18, 2012, 7 PM–FREE EVENT: Learning How to Laugh with author Jim Minick
Jim Minick, author of  The Blueberry Years, (called “delicious reading” by Naomi Wolf), will discuss what he learned about writing humor while toiling away in the field. He’ll read excerpts from this memoir about one of the first, certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farms in the mid-Atlantic.

Saturday, May 19, 9am-1pm: Polishing your Prose by Minding Metaphor and Tending Time
Instructor: Jim Minick
Cost: $55.00 Members | $60.00 Non-Members Saturday, May 19, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

In every genre, metaphors sweeten the writing, making an ordinary scoop of a sentence into a deluxe banana split. How do you play with language to find original metaphors and see the world anew? We’ll tackle this question in hopes of finding metaphors wherever we look. Likewise, how do writers ride that horse called time and manipulate it without losing control? The diverse ways prose writers play with time, from the micro-level to the macro, will be explored in this workshop.

Stories that Fly“–summer writing classes for 5th-8th graders.

5-6 grades the week of June 18 and 7-8 grades the week of June 25.
Depending on demand, more sessions may be added. Teen class details will be available soon. Scholarships available for students  from low-income families.

New Seminar: Edit Your Manuscript
Instructor: Jay Kauffmann
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, June 9, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm
For Fiction and Nonfiction writers, this seminar will teach you the tools and techniques of editing, focusing on line editing, refining your prose, and preparing your manuscript for submission. We will consider the art of prose, the importance of sound, and how to construct a paragraph (in particular, a compelling opening paragraph). We will learn to write clear, rhythmic sentences-seeking a balance between lyricism and efficiency — while remaining faithful to your voice. There will be in-class exercises and readings.

The Art of the Radio Essay
Instructor: Janis Jaquith
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, June 23, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm
Ever heard those personal commentaries on NPR stations and wonder how it’s done? Learn the techniques of this performance art: how to grab the listener by the lapels; how to create a mini-movie in the minds of thousands of listeners; how to NOT sound like you’re reading from a script when, of course, you are! At least two students from the winter class have already had their essays aired on the radio!

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WriterHouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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