WriterHouse Public Events
»The Online Writer: a Two-Part Workshop on Web site Design, Blogging, and Web-based Work for Writers—Our most requested seminar has just been scheduled, this time in a two-part format. This is a soup-to-nuts picture of what it means to be a writer in the digital world, led by copywriter and communications consultant Kristen King. The first part is an introduction and the second part is a hands-on follow up. Part 1: Saturday, August 15, 9am – 4:30 pm, Part 2: Saturday September 12, 9am-4:30pm. More info…
»WordSmith’s 6th Poetry Jam, Wednesday, August 26, 7-10pm, IS Venue, 709 W. Main St.—Expect a wide variety of artistic voices including poets, spoken word performers, open mic enthusiasts, musicians and singers. Proclaim your right to be heard through performance. $5 admission, IS and Si Tapas menu available for purchase. Open mic sign up starts at 7pm.
Last week when WriterHouse called, members and friends answered. Ten good men and women showed up to pull taps and pop corks on Friday, July 31, at the Fridays after Five show at the Pavilion to raise money for WriterHouse.
Many thanks to Andrew, Ben, Brandon, Christy, Dan, Jennifer, Jared, Kris, Mary-Patricia, Rachel, and Sean, for putting a friendly face on WriterHouse for the Pavilion crowd and making some money for our coffers. We’ll be doing it again Friday, September 4. If you want to help out and have some fun, take a minute or two to fill our our volunteer form on the main website.
1. The Online Writer (part 1 and 2) is a follow-up to Kristen King’s popular offering from January. The new format offers much more time for content and more hands-on and individual attention. Sign up for just part one or both parts one and two. In Part 1 of the two-part Online Writer series, copywriter and communications consultant Kristen King will give seminar attendees a soup-to-nuts picture of what it means to be a writer in the digital world. In Part 2, Kristen will work with seminar attendees to create and or revamp their blogs and social media presence. Complete description of both classes and online registration here.
2. We still need volunteers to work at “Fridays After Five” at the downtown Pavilion on Friday, July 31. We need people to dispense beverages. WriterHouse earns a donation from the Pavilion for your participation. Anyone over the age of 18 welcome. Sign up on our website.
3. The fall class schedule will be available mid-August. In addition to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, we’re planning a class on mystery writing and a general class on creative writing for those who are just getting their feet wet. There will also be a number of one-day seminars on elements of fiction writing, food writing, and more. Watch these emails and our website for details and registration information.
»Christy Strick’s prize-winning short story, “Just Like Family” is in this week’s issue of The Hook. Congrats again, Christy!
»Judy Longley’s poetry class was mentioned in an article on poetry in the current issue of Cville Weekly.
Volunteers urgently Needed!
»Fridays After Five, June 12—WriterHouse urgently needs volunteers for “Fridays After Five” on June 12 ( also July 31, September 4). Sign up on our website. Make money for WriterHouse while you listen to music. What could be better? Non-members over 18 years of age welcome!
WriterHouse Public Events
»Unveiling Iranian Women Writers in America with UVA Professor Farzaneh Milani, Friday June 5, 7:00 pm. UVA Professor Farzaneh Milani discusses the recent flowering of Iranian women’s memoirs in English in the context of modern Iranian literature and society, and the rich complexity of Iranian women’s experience.Farzaneh Milani is the author of “Veils and Words: The Emerging Voice of Iranian Women Writers.” She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Magazine, USA Today, and N.P.R.’s “All Things Considered.”
»An Evening of Student Readings, Monday, June 15, 7:30 pm. WriterHouse Spring Session students from all classes will present brief samples of their work
»Getting Published in the Children’s and YA Markets: A Cinderella Story, An Overview, and Specific Suggestions, with WriterHouse member Fran Cannon Slayton, author of the forthcoming YA novel, When the Whistle Blows. Tuesday, June 16th, 7:30pm, WriterHouse. Free and open to the public. Copies of Fran’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
Today’s Washington Post Style section devotes nearly a full page to Jen Sorensen and Slowpoke. Jen was WriterHouse’s first guest when her book One Nation, Oh My God came out, and everyone in Charlottesville knows her insightful and incisive comics from C-Ville Weekly. Check out the comic and the interview. Well done, Jen!
Board members Catherine Crittenden, Elizabeth McCullough, and Rachel Unkefer, playing as “The Team Formerly Known As The CHERCH Ladies,” took third place in the 2009 Wordplay competition. Way to go, ladies!
The Cville participants for National Novel Writing Month now have their own blog. If you’re a participant or just want to follow along with the fun, check it out!
I’ve set up a Twitter account, so if you’re into that sort of thing, follow this:
November is National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo) during which thousands of people sign up to write a novel of at least 50,000 words. While most of these words are penned in the privacy of the novelists’ homes, there are usually organized events during the month. These might include a launch party, group writing times, and an ending celebration. WriterHouse has offered its facilities for all NaNoWriMo participants during the 2008 competition. Now we just need to figure out what the participants want. If you’ve done NaNoWriMo in the past, please get in touch. If you plan to do it this year, ditto. We’ve set up a mailing list for Charlottesville NaNoWriMo folks. Sign up to be in on the discussions of these weighty matters.
This looks like one for the Creative Nonfiction class: WIRED magazine is blogging the development of a feature article from idea to finished product.
What Is This?
An almost-real-time, behind-the-scenes look at the assigning, writing, editing, and designing of a Wired
feature. You can see more about the design process on Wired creative director Scott Dadich’s SPD blog, The Process
. This is a one-time experiment, tied solely to the Charlie Kaufman profile scheduled to run in our November 08 issue.