Upcoming events at WriterHouse

The next three free literary events at WriterHouse:

Sunday, July 15, 3pm
Writing from the Natural World, with Poets Roselyn Elliott and Kristen Staby Rembold

Join poets and WriterHouse instructors Roselyn Elliott (Animals Usher Us to Grace) and Kristen Staby Rembold (Leaf and Tendril) for a reading and discussion of their recently published chapbooks, both of which draw on images from nature to explore a spectrum of experiences and emotions. Elliott and Rembold will share excerpts from their work and then discuss the creative process of making smaller books of poetry that revolve around a theme.

Thursday, July 26, 7pm
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction Group Reading

Brief selections of wondrous and imaginative works from the monthly SFF group at WriterHouse.

Monday, August 13, 7pm
Summer Reading and Open House

Brief selections of fiction, essay, and poetry will be presented by writers who have taken classes during the summer session. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
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Upcoming Saturday Seminars:
Registration info

Seminar: Travel Writing
Instructor: Jay Kauffmann
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, June 30, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

Learn to write compelling and engaging travel narratives (personal essays, articles or memoir pieces) which combine the eye of a journalist with the flair of a story teller. There will be in-class readings (Theroux, Chatwin, Iyer, etc.) and exercises that address pertinent craft issues, and we will explore the essential elements of travel writing, such as sensory imagery, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, scene development, character sketches, and concrete detail. We will also discuss the practical matters of how to submit stories for publication.

Seminar: Sound in Poetry
Instructor: Cheryl Pallant
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, July 14, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

Sound in Poetry investigates how audible breath and the turn of the tongue through assonance and consonance, rhythmic repetition, and other sound devices delights ear and creates meaning. We’ll read poems with subtle and obvious sonic sensibility and learn how vibration resonates the body, heart, and mind. Attend to amplify the ear power of poetry and to tune into the sound of your own voice.

Seminar: Writing Sketch Comedy
Instructor: Joel Jones
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

Dip your stinky toe into the art of writing comic sketches! Whether you’re a writer wanting to explore a new medium or a fan of comedy wanting to know how sketch shows operate, this one-day workshop is for you. Guided examples from classic routines and quick-fire exercises will teach you to recognize the funny stuff, whether it’s in the characters, relationships or entire worlds. You’ll learn how to develop your peeves into characters, and how to turn characters into hilarious situations, plus you’ll get a taste of a ‘writer’s room’ atmosphere. Rubber chickens welcome!

Seminar: Creating the World in a Short Story
Instructor: Clifford Garstang
Cost: $55 Members | $60 Non-Members
Saturday, August 11, 2012 | 9:00am-1:00pm

There’s a reason many authors argue that writing the short story is much more difficult than writing a novel. Characters still need to be fully realized, often with back stories; the setting of the story needs to be exact: there is still a landscape and weather and all the ordinary objects that make a place seem real; and something significant has to occur, no matter how silently or internally. Learn how to weave into a short amount of space all the key fictional elements that make a world feel real.

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WriterHouse Information
writers@writerhouse.org
http://www.writerhouse.org
508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville VA
434-296-1922

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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