Classes and Workshops

Classes at the Writer's Workshoppe in Port Townsend

These classes fill quickly!! To register, simply call The Writers' Workshoppe @ 1-360-379-2617. Open 10 AM-5:30 PM everyday. You can also visit the website here.

Location (unless noted otherwise): Writer's Workshoppe, 820 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA


A Needle Pulling Thread: How to Write Your Story's Beginning with Julie Christine Johnson
Sat. May 21st, 1-5 PM
A dynamic beginning to your novel or memoir is where you catch and hold, or lose, the interest of readers. This workshop will look at several ways to approach the opening scene, with examples from classic, literary and commercial fiction and memoir. Participants are welcome to bring in the first 500 words of a work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback (optional, but strongly encouraged). Writing prompts will be used to help you find or create depth and tension in your opening scene. 
$80
Maximum: 12

Poetry Workshop with Tom Aslin
Sat. June 18th, 10 AM-3 PM
The aim of this one day workshop is for you to flesh out your writing, and to learn how dramatically Stanley Plumly altered his writing. (Stanley Plumly poems will be provided) By following Plumly's example and sage advice, you will write poems imbued with feeling, giving your poems a depth they might not have had, along with the resonance and texture of a life lived well. All you need to bring is paper and pen, as this is a generative workshop.
Cost: $75

Writing Fiction for Young Readers with Patrick Jennings
Saturday, June 11th, 10 AM- 4 PM
This workshop is designed for writers interested in thrilling, tickling, frightening, captivating, but not preaching, to kids age six to twelve. Toward this end, the workshop will be focused on story structure, the various forms of children’s fiction (e.g., easy reader, series, stand-alone), audience, voice, subject matter, revision, and submission.Writers are invited to bring works in progress of up to six hundred words along with five copies to share. Because the workshop is limited to five writers, there will be ample opportunity to look at and discuss each writers’ work in detail.
$120
Maximum: 5

Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group with Julie Christine Johnson
Mondays, 3-5 PM beginning June 20- August 29 (NO CLASS July 4 or 18) (Eight sessions)
Open to writers of any skill level and experience with novels in progress—no matter what stage or genre. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication. Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. 
Cost: $160
Maximum: 5

Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group with Julie Christine Johnson
Thursdays, 3-5 PM beginning June 30- August 25 (NO CLASS July 21)
Open to writers of any skill level and experience with novels in progress—no matter what stage or genre. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication. Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. 
Cost: $160
Maximum: 5

Freeing your Life with Words with Susan Wooldridge 
Sat. June 25th, 10 AM-4 PM
Join Susan Wooldridge at a workshop about language and self-expression in both poetry and prose. Susan brings tools and techniques to a workshop designed to make you feel excited about writing. Susan starts off playing with language. We’ll gather (and steal) words from books of poems and create a group "wordpool,” helping us see we're all immersed in an ocean of words we largely ignore. In a safe, free setting, surrounded with words, we create images, practice close observation, begin to develop metaphor, and gradually move into "dream sense." There we can explore who we are, where we come from, and where we're going, sometimes with what poet Ann Waldman calls "goofy profundity." 
Cost: $100

Writing the Tough Stuff with Author Sonya Lea
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1st and 2nd, 10 AM-4 PM
Learn how to approach tough topics in your own writing, including sorrow, anger, loss, and secrets. This workshop is for anyone who wants to become effective in plumbing a story from life. You’ll learn craft exercises that explore tone, setting, character, dialogue, and theme. Writers will connect their personal experiences to larger themes, and will explore how different writers apply distinct approaches to their subjects. We will use models of writers who take emotional risks with clarity. Participants can choose to work on sections of a memoir, or on personal essays in a variety of styles: letter, prose poem, manifesto, vignette, list, abecedarian, Wikipedia entry.
Cost: $240
Maximum: 12 

Elegy Alchemy: Celebrating, Mourning, and Writing from Life with Megan Kruse
Sat.Nov 12 & Sun. Nov. 13th10-4pm
Cost: $240
Maximum: 12

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) 2016 Lineup

 

 

 

 

Words That Matter: Forms of Flash Fiction and Flash Nonfiction – presented by Priscilla Long
June 11, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
We'll look at five or six different types of very short pieces, including flash fictions and flash nonfictions (since many writing strategies apply to both). We'll scrutinize our models to see how they work technically, and then do exercises and write to each one. Learn more about Priscilla Long or register here.

Writing for Teens: A Crash Course in Craft, Publishing, and Beyond – presented by Nicole Persun and Sean Fletcher
July 9, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
In this daylong crash course for young writers, Nicole and Sean will cover everything from inspiration and craft to revision and publication. Learn more about Nicole and Sean or register here.

Using Scene Layering to Create Characters that Leap from the Page – presented by Suzanne Kelman
August 13, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
In this class, Suzanne Kelman will show you how to take a bland scene and create dynamic story tension and characters that have an individual voice and take on a life of their own. Learn more about Suzanne Kelman or register here.

Writing With your Whole Self – presented by Petra Martin and Deborah Nedelman
October 8, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
This In-Depth session is designed to get you into your body and help you better experience your physical sensations, so you can write in a way that enables your readers to taste, touch, smell, and hear, in addition to seeing. Learn more about Petra and Deborah or register here.

Plot Morphing: Change your Story, Change your Plot – presented by Susan Wingate
November 12, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
In this session, Susan Wingate will help you get over the struggle of creating an outline and help you organize your thinking using tricks she’s learned over twenty-five years of her writing career. Learn more about Susan Wingate or register here.

ALL NILA CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT: 5611 Bayview Rd., Langley, WA 98260

FEE FOR ALL CLASSES: $185 for WIWA and Salish Sea Writers Consortium members, $200 for nonmembers

Keep an eye on nila.edu/classes for three more classes, which are coming online soon. 

Chuckanut Writers Spring Classes & Workshops

Village Books and WCC Community and Continuing Education have established a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. Writing classes, seminars, and conferences will inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. For more information, visit here.

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice (5 Sessions)
Chuckanut Writers - Create Blogs That Get Noticed!
Sat, 04/30/2016 - 9 AM - 4 PM
Whatcom Community College, Foundation Building 101J, Bellingham



May 20-22, 2016
VORTEXT, Hedgebrook's Fifth Annual Weekend Salon, Coming in May!

Connect in diverse and powerful small-group workshops, enjoy dynamic keynotes and discussions about opportunities and challenges for women who write, and share your work with your new community.

New this year: A seventh teacher, Natalie Baszile, joins the event and fresh workshops are available from several of your favorite teachers from last year. Don't miss your chance to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime writing experience! Learn more and register today.

Hedgebrook Summer Salon: Coming June 18

The Winter Salon was so popular last year, we're adding a 2016 Summer Salon on Saturday, June 18th at the Whidbey retreat. Registration opens in March!
June 20-27, 2016  

Writing the Intangibles in Fiction by Hedgebrook Alumna Ru Freeman

This workshop is for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction who have work-in-progress. Participants should have a clear idea of how your stories could benefit from focused work on empathy for characters, an atmosphere particular to the events that take place, and the sense of inhabiting a specific place/setting. Apply Now.

School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Avenue, Suite B, Seattle, WA  |  Grades 2-12

Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents: Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer

July 25-August 5

Camp WITS brings the inspiring and accomplished Seattle writers who teach comics, stories, and poems in public schools throughout the year to the light-filled rooms of the School of Visual Concepts in downtown Seattle. Camp attendees will learn new ways to express their own authentic voices, join a community of young writers from across the city, create letterpress portfolios for their new work, and end the camps with a celebratory reading open to family and friends. 

Camp WITS is open to all experience levels and abilities, from new to seasoned writers. Sessions are taught by two acclaimed WITS Writers-In-Residence and are limited to 20 students each.

Camp WITS is comprised of six sessions divided by age. Each session meets once per day, Monday – Friday, from July 25th through August 5th. 

Register here.

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