Hedgebrook Announces: Write Away with Elizabeth George

Hedgebrook is launching an Online Master Class series. Our first offering is a five-week Online Master Class with best-selling author Elizabeth George. Elizabeth will introduce her personal approach that has enabled her to write quickly, successfully, and to critical acclaim. Students will get an insider’s peek into Elizabeth’s process in an intimate, virtual environment of radical hospitality.

Each writer will receive signed copies of Elizabeth’s books Write Away and Careless in Red, a DIY radical hospitality kit from Hedgebrook, and an unforgettable, five-week online learning experience. 

Class Details: Writers will participate in five live, interactive sessions online from 4:00 – 5:30 PM PST on Tuesdays, each includes a real-time lecture and Q & A with Elizabeth, hosted by Executive Director and Alumna Amy Wheeler, along with a skilled class facilitator. Between live sessions, writers should allow at least four hours per week to participate in the discussion group and complete writing assignments. Weekly assignments will be reviewed online and given feedback with a final session for feedback and review on Tuesday, March 15th. This class is limited to the first ten writers who register. Only seven spots remain.

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Classes at the Writer's Workshoppe

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, Washington

All-Day Writing Workshop with Andrea Hurst and Sean Fletcher
Join literary agent and bestselling Amazon author, Andrea Hurst, author and developmental editor Sean Fletcher
10 AM-4 PM, January 30th
Maximum: 11

The Story Underneath the Story with Lidia Yuknavitch
Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th, 10 AM-4 PM
Digging down. Tunneling Under. Hibernation. Exploring the cold, the dark, the depths. In this generative workshop we will focus on "going deeper” by producing a "layered” text and then multiplying its potential meanings by asking what is underneath its surface and how can I access the deeper stories? Trust me there is a lot underneath every surface. Includes in-class writing, shared work, discussion, visual art, writing, and oh yeah. Your life will change. Bring paper and pen.
FULL but get on waiting list because you never know

Weekly Poetry-In-Progress Workshop with Gary Lilley
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, February 11-April 7 (nine weeks)
This weekly series is about building sharper images with choice details, and locating the poem in time and place. We will read, write, and critique. Bring 9 copies of a poem each week you are working on, and we'll go from there in creating a poem that you feel is publishable. Let's hear what the poem is saying.
Maximum: 8

Writing from the Imaginal with Brigid Yuknavitch
Saturday, February 20th, 10 AM-4 PM
In this writing workshop we are going to approach writing through the imaginal, or pre-writing exercises that are, like dreams, less precise, less organized than language, and full of meaning. We will show more than tell to begin a creative process. You will then write from these pre-verbal imaginal expressions, pulling in their depths. 
Maximum: 10

Stories as Maps with Eric Greenwall
Saturday, March 12, 10 AM-12 PM
Places are alive with story. So what stories make your map?  We will read excerpts of myths, poems, and essays, and you will answer questions about where you’ve lived and traveled. Answers to these questions will evoke memories and psychic ties you have to places. Then you’ll map one with words and give that place new meaning.

Fairy Tales, Folklore & You with Sayatani Dasgupta
Saturday, March 12, 2-4 PM
In this workshop, you will explore cultural mythologies and personal/family stories. Through writing exercises, reading and discussions, you will draft pieces that explore and build upon the stories that surround you.

Travel Memoir Writing Workshop with Perry Garfinkel
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 3-5, 10 AM-4 PM
Turn those amazing travel experiences - the ones that have changed your life, that have opened global windows and your heart – into published articles, blogs and books.  This 3-day workshop will include the nuts and bolts of what makes great travel writing; keys to developing personal voice and style; in-class exercises and an out-of-class group assignment; mock editorial brainstorming sessions; feedback to works in progress; how to write a killer pitch or proposal (with many samples from the instructor); how to make money from it – and how to write off your travels!
Maximum: 12

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) 2016 Lineup





Craft and Confidence: An Author's Masterclass – presented by William Kenower
February 13, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
This daylong intensive covers three critical aspects of an author’s working life: Crafting our stories, Selling our Stories, Maintaining our Confidence. You’ll leave this session with new tools that you can use to write and sell your stories, as well as a greater awareness of the tools you've had all along. Learn more about William Kenower or register here.

An Unbiased Look a Today’s Publishing Choices – presented by Beth Jusino
March 12, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Should you self-publish? Traditionally publish? E-publish? All of the above? In this session, she'll examine pros and cons of each choice, go through an evaluation checklist, and identify the traps that catch unsuspecting writers. Learn more about Beth Jusino or register here.

The Garage: Tuning Your Poetry Mechanics – presented by Gary Copeland Lilley
April 9, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
This In-Depth session will provide some strategies for using literary elements to sharpen the imagery and language of your writing and for examining significant details that may lie behind a door you haven't opened yet. Learn more about Gary Lilley or register here.

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 for three more classes, which are coming online soon. 

Wednesdays, February and March, 6:30-8:30 PM

Introduction to Screenwriting~Sign Up Soon~Limited Space!

Writers!!! Looking to turn that work of yours into a screenplay? Have an idea that you’d love to see in pictures? Liz Ellis of Honey Toad Studios will be bringing her screenwriting seminar to The Studio. This will be an 8-week offering with a short break in the middle to catch up on assignments.

Classes will be Wednesday nights starting in February. There will also be an opportunity for work to be submitted for use in both acting and filming classes with the end result being a physical copy of produced scenes. We are nailing down a start date, but spaces are limited to 8, so if you are interested, contact us now to be on the list. We are very excited to welcome this award-winning producer/writer into our fold. 

The Studio, 9727 Coppertop Loop, Suite 202, Bainbridge Island.

March 7-14

Carolyn Forché: First Hedgebrook Master Class of 2016

Writing Poetry and Short-Form Prose: A Multi-Genre Workshop

This intensive workshop is both generative and revisionary, and is especially helpful for those who have not written for a while or have difficulty finding time for their own work. Spend your mornings writing and your afternoons in session with Carolyn and five other students.

Master Class Retreat Series Master Classes combine Hedgebrook's retreat experience with the unique opportunity to be in residence and study with a celebrated teacher on beautiful Whidbey Island. Creative writing workshops in a diversity of formats and genres are offered to women writers at all levels of experience. Participation in each class is limited to 6-8 writers, to ensure individual attention, and create an intimate, supportive writing community.

To apply, click here. For more information on Hedgebrook, check out the website.

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