Past Special Events

March 16, 2016  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Eagle Harbor Books

Natalie Goldberg

At some point in their career, most writers have heard of Natalie Goldberg, whose Writing Down the Bones, published thirty years ago, supported us on our writing path. This March, Goldberg launched a book tour marking the thirtieth anniversary of Bones and introducing us to her new book, The Great Spring. Drawing on years of writing, teaching and practicing Zen, Natalie focuses The Great Spring on experiences that have opened new ways forward in her life and her writing.

Speaking to a hugely enthusiastic crowd at EAGLE HARBOR BOOKS, Goldberg delighted us with wit and humor, using quotes from both books. One highlight of the night was this reading from The Great Spring:

"It’s what I’ve come to understand: writing does not bring love--not the original love you want at least. So many dreams we start out with as young writers. I thought I’d be invited to grand parties where pigs-in-blankets--something I saw in the fifties--would be served with doilies on silver trays. After all of these years, I have seen ne’er a one of those miniature frankfurters.”

Well, folks, SHE DID this night! Goldberg was absolutely thrilled that silver trays of pigs-in-blankets circled the room during the wine and cheese reception! (Thanks to adoring fan, Christina Tinling!)

March 12, 2016  |  10AM - 12PM  |  Poulsbo Library

You've Got Your First Draft~Now What?

Editor Jenn Hager challenged the fourteen participants with "big picture” questions about their manuscripts to discuss in dyads. Editor Jim Thomsen pinpointed four or five major pitfalls in a book’s opening pages, giving examples--to which everyone nodded and groaned! Thomsen spent time one-on-one with authors, giving immediate feedback on manuscript pages or discussing strategies to solve problems in a manuscript. This group buzzed with energy!

November 14, 2015  |  2PM - 3:30PM  |  Poulsbo Library

Working with An Editor: Taking Your Book to the Next Level















Author Dave Richards and editor Jennifer Hager teamed up to reveal what makes for a good author-editor partnership. Each candidly shared their own side of the experience. Richards brought the loose manuscript pages of his first novel, If I Could Give You a Day, covered with edits and fluttering with post-it notes--and passed it around the room. Hager spoke about the value of the revision process. She gave guidance on vetting prospective editors and listed the questions that editors ask writers to answer. Finally, audience members played with "editing fun" exercises. The first page of the handout is helpful information; the rest are exercises to flex your editing muscles.

6PM - 8PM  |  Poulsbo and Bainbridge Libraries  |  First Mondays in November

2015 National Novel Writing Month "Write In"

NaNoWriMo ​is a marathon writing event that challenges participants to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in November. There are local chapters in more than 600 regions around the world that organize in person workshops and write-ins throughout the month.

Harnessing the creative benefits of sitting down to regularly write, this year dozens of writers participated in ‘write-in’ events at the Poulsbo and Bainbridge libraries on Monday nights throughout November. Many said that they would love to have more opportunities year-round to write with others, as it was meditative and creatively productive! Stay tuned on this!

October 27, 2015  |  7PM - 8PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library

Jonathan Evison

One Book/One Community

Each year, Kitsap Regional Library features one book title and invites the community to connect through a shared reading experience. This year's selection was The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Bainbridge Island's own Jonathan Evison. Over the month of October, Jonathan did "Meet the Author" events to rave reviews in Manchester, Port Orchard, Poulsbo and Bainbridge. His format was a Q&A that covered everything from the book, to his writing life, and various other aspects of his life. He was engaging, humorous, interesting, informative, timely, and gracious. His generous gift of his time was appreciated by all and basically, the crowds loved him!

In addition to the featured book, Evison is the author of the New York Times bestseller West of Here. He has just released a new novel, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, now available in hardback.

Evison event

October 20, 2015  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library

Kelli Russell Agodon

An Evening of Ekphrastic Poetry

On October 20th, award-winning poet Kelli Russell Agodon treated us to a lively night of viewing art and poetry in a very different way. Kelli’s recent book Hourglass Museum, a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, is entirely inspired by this method of writing poetry from art.

The Greek word ‘ekphrasis’ describes the process of creating a vivid piece of literary art, in response to a piece of visual art, using the poet’s imagination. The goal is not to describe what you are seeing as much as to express the passions that a piece of art inspires. Following Kelli’s encouragement: "There is NO way to do a writing exercise wrong,” participants did three writing exercises with various art postcards. The resulting poems that the evening’s poets shared were astonishing and full of surprises!

Kelli also provided several pieces of advice to help poets move beyond their default vocabulary, including the idea of noting on index cards those words or images that jump out at us.

If you are interested in learning more about Kelli’s work, check out her website at Kelli also co-founded Two Sylvias press in 2010, dedicated to publishing the exceptional voices of writers. They will be having an Open House event from 11 AM-5 PM on Saturday, November 7 in their new space in Kingston:

11264 NE Highway 104, Kingston (above the crepe shop near the ferry terminal).

Kelli Agodon

July 20, 2015  |  2PM - 4PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Free!

Teen Writing Camp – Ages 12 - 18

Space limited to 20

A Look Back

With both a full roster and a full waiting list, this popular event was a hit for young writers exploring their creative writing abilities. Led by author and writing teacher Margaret Nevinski and author Rebecca Lacko from Field's End, students were given the opportunity to take risks with their writing while exploring voice and language. Prompts were varied and interesting each day; one day they were provided by Lin Kaymer, author of the magical realism YA book, Who is Mackie Spence? and on another, they visited the Bainbridge Museum of Art and had an art-related prompt. In addition to having time to write, one on one consultations were made available, and at the end of each session, teens met in small groups to hear and share feedback if they chose. Stefanie Graen, Teen Services Librarian wrote, "We had a great week with the Teen Writer's Camp. Thank you so much to Field's End for the continued support of our teen writers!"

ABOVE: BIMA Education Director Kristin Tollefson leading the group in an exercise to describe what they saw in a piece of art by Horst Gottschalk. Students then picked a piece of art and did this exercise on their own, and used those descriptions to write an ekphrastic piece.

ABOVE: Teen writer Teresa Colaluca writing about the piece she chose.

ABOVE: Teen writer Meghan Smith getting feedback on her writing from group leaders Margaret Nevinski & Rebecca Lacko.

Travel Writers’ Immersion Weekend ~ May 15-17, 2015

Join New York Times contributor and bestselling author Perry Garfinkel for a weekend "immersion" travel-writing workshop, with in-class writing exercises, in-the-field assignments, and editorial role-playing sessions.

  • Friday, May 15th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday,  May 16th, 9:00  – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 17th, 9:00  - 1:00 PM 

Workshops held at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) – across from the ferry.  

Working with Perry, you will learn what makes for a good travel story and how to organize your itinerary. Learn how to work in the field, write better than you have ever written before, promote your published work, and get more assignments so that you can hit the road again!

Perry Garfinkel is a longtime contributor to the New York Times. He also contributes regularly to the Los Angeles Times and has written for National Geographic Magazine, Departures, Huffington Post, and many others. A teacher of adult writing workshops and classes, he is also the author of Travel Writing for Profit & Pleasure, which Arthur Frommer called "the definitive work in the field,” to be updated and reissued in the fall of 2015.

His most recent book, the 2007 national bestseller Buddha or Bust, expanded on a major feature he wrote for National Geographic Magazine that became the cover story in 24 of its international editions. 


Saturday, October 18th 2014, 7:00 to 9:00 PM  |  Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium

"Knitting the Arts Together"

With Ann Hood and

Bestselling author and editor Ann Hood lead a troupe of actors in reading excerpts from Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Making the evening even more special was a "goody bag" waiting for participants at the door. Seating was limited. A book signing and reception followed.

An Evening of Raymond Carver Stories

With special guest Tess Gallagher

In collaboration with the Northwest Actors Lab, directed by Dinah Manoff, Field’s End brings six Raymond Carver stories to life at the Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The Performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

One night only! Limited General Seating.

This special event is a benefit for Field’s End and the Young Writer’s Programs.

Tickets on sale now! 

General Seating tickets are $25 and can be purchased from the BPA’s box office at 200 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 or at

Dessert, coffee and a no-host bar will be offered during Intermission.

Called "America's Chekhov," Raymond Carver is considered a major writer of the late 20th century and a key force in the revitalization of the American short story.  His death at age 50 cut short his life and denied the world more from a man whose work continues to draw new readers into his intense, well-crafted world.

Photo used by permission of Marion Ettlinger.

About Tess Gallagher

Tess Gallagher is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Dear Ghosts, and Moon Crossing Bridge. In 2008 Blackstaff Press (Belstaff) and Eastern Washington Press published Barnacle Soup: Stories from the West of Ireland, a collabration with the Irish storyteller Josie Gray. Distant Rain, a conversation with the highly respected Buddhist nun Jakucho Setouchi, of Kyoto, is both an art book and a cross-cultural moment.

Gallagher spearheaded the publication of Raymond Carver's Beginners in Library of America's complete collection of his stories.

She spends time in a cottage on Lough Arrow in County Sligo in the west of Ireland and also lives and writes in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.

Explore her Graywolf Press Author Page by Clicking Here.

"Tess Gallagher’s is perhaps the most deeply moving and spiritual and intensely intelligent poetry being written in America today."—William Heyen

"It is impossible to read Tess Gallagher's poems without being drawn into their mesmerizing rhythms and convinced of the rightness of her intense yet unforced images."—Joyce Carol Oates

(Tess Gallagher is) a renowned poet and prose writer "who savors the elegance of simplicity and whose stories resonate and linger."—The New York Times Book Review  

Photo credit: Brian Farrell

7PM - 8PM  |  BIMA Auditorium  |  Free event

The Power of Story, June 19th 2014

with Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Power of Story – Most of us never have the chance to stand in the shoes of a child in war-torn Afghanistan, or a woman in an off-the-map desert village in Pakistan.  But stories can take us there – and just may be the best hope for reconciliation in this contentious world.  A lecture with slides of desert nomads from Afghanistan and Pakistan. For directions, visit BIMA online.

Listen to the Podcast about this event featuring Field's End's Margaret Chang and Channie Peters:

Suzanne Fisher Staples 

Suzanne Fisher Staples is the author of several books for children and young adults including Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, set in Pakistan, and two additional books in the Shabanu sequence, Haveli and The House of the Djinn. Her novel Under the Persimmon Tree is set in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Shiva’s Fire takes place in  India.  Her works have garnered numberous awards and are often cited on the International Reading Association’s List of Books for a Global Society.  Amnesty International UK has endorsed her Shabanu series in its efforts to promote outstanding fiction that advances human rights.  She worked for many years as a reporter and Bureau Chief for United Press International in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  She is a frequent lecturer and one of the founders of "The Gathering” an annual literature conference held at Keystone College in Pennsylvania.  Suzanne is a 2014 Greek Study Fellow and 2014 writer-in-residence on the Examined Life study tour.

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Writing Life… and More!

What do we mean by the writing life and is it ever too late to begin? People are getting serious about writing later in life — starting a second career — or a third!

Learn from a pro — what tools you will need for success, plus what the books don’t tell you.

Jacquelyn Mitchard, best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean – Oprah’s first book club pick — will make you laugh, learn, and build your writing life.

Saturday May 3rd from 7:00–9:00 PM - Free

Join us at the new Bainbridge Island Bakers Gateway (At the Museum – 500 Winslow Way, Suite 170) for a free, no-host evening.

Donations to help fund our Young Writers project will be much appreciated!

November 9, 2013  |  Bainbridge Bakers

A Short, Triple Shot of Comedy

Three Ten-minute Plays and a Party

A grandé serving of spiced laughter and cinnamon-twisted fun!

Dinah Manoff and the Northwest Actors Lab players and friends presented readings of 3 hilarious short plays written by Mark Harvey Levine. It happened at Bainbridge Bakers, one of the Pacific Northwest's premier independent "scratch" bakeries. Located at 140 Winslow Way West, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-1822. Q & A with award-winning playwright Mark Harvey Levine followed the readings. No-host small plates and desserts were available.

July 25, 2013  |  Treehouse Cafe, Lynnwood

July 2013 Story Slam

Another Island Story Slam took place Thursday July 25th at 7 PM at the Treehouse Café in Lynnwood. It was a huge success! VIEW PHOTOS

"Summer Jobs and other Temporary Gigs" was the theme.

April 27, 2013  |  10AM - 4PM  |   IslandWood on Bainbridge Island

Program: The Publishing Revolution: Ride the Wave!

The Current State of Book Publishing

Presenter: Jason Allen Ashlock, Co-founder and President of Movable Type Management. The all-day seminar was designed to educate writers on the changes taking place in publishing, especially digital technologies. How can digital and alternative publishing strengthen the bond between writer and readers? What are the economics of self-publishing? What are publishers looking for right now? How have marketing strategies changed? We answered these and other questions.
View Photos | Read an Interview (PDF)

Special Event 2011

"You Know You've Got a Story: Steps Toward Getting It Told"
(A Two-Part Writers' Workshop)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Part One: Author George Shannon will explore the basic steps in transforming initial ideas into a story, choosing the best genre for your story, actually getting that story on paper, and current publishing options.

Part Two: Participants will select one of four genre breakout sessions where they meet for Q & A with an author who has already published in that genre.

 * Memoir/Autobiography * Warren Read

* Fiction * Sheila Roberts

* Nonfiction/Biography * Robin Simons

* Essay/Journalism * Ann Lovejoy

Please note: This event is free. There is no registration, but space is limited.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Public Library, Large Meeting Room
1270 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island

Special Event 2011

"Booksellers for an Evening"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Join Field's End and Eagle Harbor Book Company for a special event celebrating writing for all ages, by writers of all ages! Local authors Kathleen Alcalá, Carol Cassella, David Guterson, Jonathan Evison, Suzanne Selfors, George Shannon, Kristin von Kreisler, Susan Wiggs, and Barbara Winther will take over the store, recommending their favorite books on writing as well as their favorite books to read. With a special storytime for kids and plenty of time to chat with authors, it's an event for the entire family. What better way to pick out your stack of books for summer reading. 

Eagle Harbor Books sponsored this event as a fundraiser for Field's End.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Eagle Harbor Book Company
157 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island

Special Event 2010

From Dust to Diamonds: Building the Skill of Revision

with Elizabeth Lyon

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Every writer desires publication. To achieve this every writer needs revision. Elizabeth Lyon will delineate four steps to polish and perfect our work. In her first session she will discuss the many ways to honor our writing and see it published, both traditionally and non-traditionally. During the remainder of the morning and in the afternoon her focus will be on revising for voice and style and creating movement through effective characterization and plot. These strategies will help us create prose with the fresh, original voice that editors and agents seek, as well as crafting effective characterization and plot to keep readers engaged.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Public Library, Large Meeting Room
1270 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island

Special Event 2009

Fueling the Creative Mind

with Jurgen Wolff

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Featuring world-renowned creative writing expert Jurgen Wolff, author of Your Writing Coach. In a presentation by this popular writing coach, writers will be led through a series of connected seminars to explore four innovative, right-brained ways they can prepare their creative minds for the acts of writing and revising. The seminars include:

I. Alter Ego Strategies

II. Right Brain Visualization

III. The Q Method of Analyzing Text

IV. The Transformation of the Inner Critic

Saturday, October 17, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Pavilion Cinemas
403 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island

Special Event 2008

Uniting Story Structure and Character Arc

with Michael Hauge

Saturday, October 11, 2008

This is a special event for writers of all kinds—authors of fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir—anyone who has a story to tell. In the best novels, movies, and short stories, the heroes must achieve two compelling goals: an outer journey of accomplishment; and a deeper, inner journey of transformation and fulfillment. In this special, all-day seminar, Hollywood script and story consultant Michael Hauge, best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, presents his unique approach to mastering these two essential components of your story. Topics include: the primary goal of all stories; the single key to creating character arc and theme; creating believable and fulfilling love stories; the essential conflict all characters must face; and turning plot structure into a simple, powerful tool you can apply to every story.

Saturday, October 11, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Pavilion Cinemas
403 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island

Special Event 2007

The Fire in Fiction

with Donald Maass

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Author and literary agent Donald Maass presented a day of writing exercises and offered practical methods to bring passion to your fiction writing every day. Maass’s talk was based on his forthcoming book, The Fire in Fiction.  

Saturday, October 13, 2007
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Pavilion Cinemas
403 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island

On Sunday, October 14, 2007, Lisa Rector-Maass conducted a Fiction Workshop to help writers with their sagging middles—at least the ones in their novels.

Special Event 2006

The Writer’s Journey

with Christopher Vogler

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Field’s End was delighted to welcome Chrisopher Vogler, script consultant and author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, to the Northwest. Over 130 people came from four states and Canada to attend this valuable seminar in applying the elements of myth to narrative of all kinds.

Saturday, October 7, 2006
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Pavilion Cinemas
403 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island

Special Event 2006

Scaring the Horses: Writing Those Big, Mean, Hard Stories

with Dorothy Allison

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Award-winning novelist Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, presented a talk on “Scaring the Horses: Writing those Big, Mean, Hard Stories.” This event was supported by Eagle Harbor Book Company.

Saturday, January 28, 2006
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Bainbridge High School LGI
9330 High School Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island

Special Events 2005

November 2: Writers’ Workout - Novelist Anjali Banerjee led a Workout in East Bremerton focusing on using details from all five senses.

June 6: Writers’ Workout - Writer and editor Mark Trahant coached a Workout in Poulsbo centered on daily writing.

April 30: Lecture - 
Award-winning novelist Ivan Doig spoke on “Makings: Putting This House of Sky Together,” at Island Center Hall on Bainbridge Island.

March 23: Question and Answer on Craft - Bestselling mystery novelist Elizabeth George talked about her creative process.

March 2: Writers’ Workout - Poet Sharon Svendsen coached a Workout in Kingston with exercises using metaphor.

January 10: Lecture/Workshop - 
Memoirist Natalia Rachel Singer spoke on “Living History: How to Use Your story to Tell the Story of the Times.”

Special Events 2004

November 3: Writers’ Workout - Novelist Debbie Macomber led a Workout in Bremerton about plotting.

October 16: Lecture
- Award-winning author and historian Andrew Ward spoke on “Backing into the Past: An Essayist’s Journey into African American History” at Island Center Hall on Bainbridge Island.

July 1: Writers’ Workout - Poet and nonfiction author Sheila Bender coached a Workout of writing exercises.

May 16: Lecture - Award-winning author and New York Times reporter Tim Egan discussed “The Power of Place: Finding a Literary Voice in the Land.”

March 9: Lecture - Acclaimed Michigan poet and professor Diane Wakoski revealed “Secrets and Revelations: How Poems Use Trope to Store Secrets.”

March 1: Writers’ Workout - Poet Kelli Russell Agodon coached a Workout using exercises on simile and metaphor.

February 4: Lecture - Dr. Alice Weaver Flaherty talked about “The Midnight Disease: Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain.”

Special Events 2003

October 17–19: Northwest Bookfest - Field’s End participated in Northwest Bookfest 2003. On October 17, the UW Writers’ Extension Program (morning) and Field’s End (afternoon) offered a Writers’ Workshop. On October 19, Nancy Pearl of the Washington Center for the Book moderated a panel featuring Kathleen Alcalá, Michael Collins, and David Shields discussing “A Field ’s End Panel: The Writer in Public and in Private.”

October 8: Reading with Elliott Bay Book Company - Field’s End cofounder David Guterson read from his new novel, Our Lady of the Forest, at Town Hall in Seattle as a benefit for Field’s End.

October 7: Reading with Eagle Harbor Book Company - Field’s End cofounder David Guterson read from his new novel, Our Lady of the Forest, at Bainbridge High School as a benefit for Field’s End.

September 12: Lecture - Award-winning author Dr. Charles Johnson spoke on “What Makes an Enduring Story?” to a sold-out audience at The Playhouse on Bainbridge Island.

February 27: Open House - Spring instructors Michael Collins and John Willson joined Field’s End in an Open House and overview of Spring 2003 Classes.