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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Humanities

Mission: WriterHouse provides affordable, secure workspace and meeting space, high quality writing instruction, and literary events for the public.

Target demographics: All ages, all writing levels, all genres of creative writing.

Geographic areas served: Charlottesville/Albemarle County and vicinity

Programs: Provided work and meeting space for approximately 250 members for a total of about 1,000 hours in 2014, costs include 50% of facility and telephone expenses.

provided writing instruction through 60 classes and seminars ranging in duration from 4 to 20 hours. Total enrollment in 2014 instructional programs was 418. Costs include 20% of facility and telephone expenses, 100% of payroll, and 100% of class expenses.

hosted over 40 public literary and art events attended by approximately 1000 people in 2013. Costs include 20% of facility and telephone expenses and 100% of visiting author and event expenses.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Writerhouse because I liked their support for NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. I've made friends with fellow writers, listened to excellent readings, viewed exceptional artworks, and typed thousands of words in the comfort of the facility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WriterHouse is such a valuable resource for the Charlottesville literary community. I began taking Poetry and Fiction workshops there when I moved to the area from DC several years ago, and now I'm going back to school for an MFA. I've found the courses offered to be wide-ranging in content and consistently well organized. Instructors are experienced and dedicated. WriterHouse also hosts community events and offers quiet space for writers to work. A great place for anyone interested in writing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can't say enough good things about this outfit and its pres, Rachel Unkefer. Rachel takes it upon herself to solve even the most minor problem quickly and efficiently as she just did when I questioned how to apply for the WH scholarship to the VQR lit conference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to teach a Writing Workshop/Summer Camp with middle school students at WriterHouse this past summer and it was a wonderful experience. The staff was so helpful and student-centered, and atmosphere was conducive to helping student-writers focus on their craft in a fun and creative way. I am a classroom teacher, and being a part of this workshop inspired me to take more risks and try new things in my own classroom. I am so so thankful to have been a part of this program, and am excited for all of the programs and workshops that WriterHouse continues to offer to kids and adults in our community!

Robin78

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I taught a writing course to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders this summer at WriterHouse. The camp was well run, great fun and has inspired me to begin writing more myself! I am looking forward to joining a writing group here this fall.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am taking my second non-fiction writing course at the WriterHouse and I love it!!
The instructors are very professional and very well organized. The articles, essays and exercises have been very useful for my reading and writing. Every workshop is an adventure: very good comments, ideas and resources come up during the
conversations. The atmosphere is just fine. Awesome!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Writerhouse offers a quiet space for writers, a series of workshops and readings and, most important, courses taught by local writers. I am presently taking my third course through Writerhouse. The instructors and class members are extraordinary, and these courses have given me invaluable opportunities to write, and to read and discuss with others.

Gail11

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. There is nothing else like it in Charlottesville. It is a real asset to our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first started taking Fiction Workshops at WriterHouse in 2009. I had no idea what I was doing, just trying my hand at fiction. I am now a Poe/Faulkner Fellow in the MFA program at the University of Virginia. I cannot think of a better testament to the quality of teachers, classes, and support that WriterHouse offers to the community. Without WriterHouse, I would still be writing in the wilderness, or worse, I may have just given up. Writing is a solitary, lonely, and more often than not, vexing vocation. But the folks at WriterHouse work tirelessly to help fledgling writers, even those with a passing interest, work past those obstacles to see that it can also be liberating and fulfilling.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I moved to Charlottesville, Va., one of the first things I did was seek out people with similar interests and Writer House fit the bill perfectly! Besides offering a variety of challenging classes for writers of fiction and non-fiction, Writer House provides published authors with a forum from which to share their works and their experiences. These experiences inspire and teach everyone who attends these sessions.
I've been so impressed with the organization's offerings that I have become a volunteer, and I am eagerly looking forward to the annual fundraiser, "Words and Wine." I've bought two tickets to the event and can’t wait to meet more members!

mbhitz63

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a published writer who has benefited enormously from WriterHouse since it opened. The board members and officers give of their time and talents generously to make ends meet for this nonprofit. WriterHouse offers different levels of participation, and provides just the right atmosphere for serious work. WriterHouse has helped me take my own work seriously.

1 Susan128

Advisor

Rating: 5

I first came to Writerhouse as a debut novelist, traveling throughout the South promoting my book. My welcome was so rich, so warm that in a sense I've never left. Now whether I knock on the door as a novelist wanting to talk craft, a student wanting some much needed instruction, or just a friend wanting to say "hello," I'm always happy I've found my way back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WriterHouse is a fantastic resource for writers in the Charlottesville area, offering lasses at a variety of levels, author readings and engagements, student readings, events like an overnight writing party for NaNoWriMo, and provides a space for writers to use any time. I've only been working here for two months, but the rest of the staff is great, and I love being a part of the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have taken several classes from Writerhouse and have found them to be quite helpful. The networking provided is perhaps of even more value. Janis Jaquinth, who taught 'The Art of the Radio Essay' was actually willing to edit two of my manuscripts and give me the connections to actually get them on the radio. I feel as if I have a second career waiting for me should I find the itme to truly pursue it.

1 Dale G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I moved to Virginia, leaving my writing groups and friends behind in Vermont, I wondered if I would ever be part of a writing community again. Through WriterHouse, I've taken classes to explore a new genre of writing, attended author talks for inspiration, and found a group of writers to meet with each week. Through WriterHouse, I've found a community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm newly retired and was kicking around for something to get involved in. Then I began taking writing workshops at WriterHouse. The workshops were professional and led me to take my writing more seriously. Eventually I got a couple things published and that was rewarding, but the best part was that I found myself sharing in a supportive community. My fellow writers at Writerhouse are a diverse lot; they are people who seek some honesty and some truth in their lives. The process is often therapeutic but it always difficult. Going it alone is isolating and to have a Place like WriterHouse where one can hone their skills and share their stories in a reassuring environment adds so much value to the experience. I feel that everyone who participates in the workshops and seminars provided there walks away a richer person. It would be great if there was money to support the Teachers and help fund the Writers who can't afford such classes. I think Writing in general and WriterHouse in particular are worthy causes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about Writer House from a work acquaintance, and was inspired to check it out. I am taking my second class now, and have found a dedicated group of writers who share a passion for telling the truth well. We enjoy rich conversations and help one another refine our writing. Having put my writing on the back burner for years, I am so grateful for the teaching, the quiet space to work, and the camaraderie of other writers at Writer House. A real treasure in Charlottesville!

Client Served

Rating: 5

WriterHouse has reawakened my creative side... more than just a touchy-feely observation, it's a change that has been essential in making life go from good to great!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've met a number of kindred spirits at WriterHouse. Fellow writers who became critique group partners. Critique group partners who became friends. I've learned a lot about different forms of writing, from short stories to screen plays. WriterHouse helps me to make time for writing, even when time seems in very short supply. Thank you, WriterHouse!

cameron.ce

Client Served

Rating: 5

WriterHouse helped me connect with two writer groups and win my first community writing contest. WH is a supportive, professional, collaborative resource for writers at any stage. Finding WH has literally changed my life. I would like to see a WriterHouse in every community - many people are "finding their voice" because of this amazing non-profit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WriterHouse is an amazing community resource. It provides access to great quality instruction, attracts writers of all levels, and offers great value for the cost.