Past Workshops

March 9, 2014  |  10AM - 2PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Workshop fee: $50, limited to 15.
Cathy Warner

Holy Ink Spiritual Writing Workshop

with Cathy Warner

Join in a day of writing into the mystery of the spiritual life. Discover what is powerful, moving, and true at a heart and soul level. Appropriate for new and experienced writers alike. Sharing is optional, confidential, and conducted in a supportive environment. Diversity of participants and beliefs is honored.

Bring a lunch and a notebook and pen or laptop computer. After the workshop, join Cathy at Eagle Harbor Book Company at 3 p.m. for a reading from her new book of spiritual poetry, Burnt Offerings.

Cathy Warner writes essays, short fiction and poetry, and is the author of Burnt Offerings (January 2014). A former pastor, she is certified as an Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leader. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and volunteers with Field’s End Writer’s Community. Her website is cathywarner.com.

January 17, 2014  |  1PM - 5PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Workshop fee: $50, limited to 15.

The William Stafford Poetry Workshop: Writing and Revising

Poets at all levels were invited to write, take a break, and regroup to receive feedback on what they wrote. They left with "next steps" for the piece written in class. Laptops were welcome.
Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012 - 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate. Her first book, Famous (2006) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Plume (2012) is a full-length collection of poems, part memoir and history lesson, part quest and cautionary tale. Plume won the WA State Book Award."A genuine treasure..." The Seattle Times. www.kathleenflenniken.com

September 22, 2013  |  1PM - 4PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Instructor: Linda Gromko

If you have a character who is injured or falls ill (and who doesn't?), this one-day class will help you research and describe medical situations for your readers. Learn from a writer/doctor about the "inside" vocabulary particular to the medical world, and the nuances of medical conversation. Course content applies to fiction and essay writing. Ask your medical questions and come prepared for informal writing exercises to enhance your skills.

March 16, 2013  |  12:30PM - 5PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library

You're Writing the Manuscript, Now What?

Instructor: Alice B. Acheson

Searching for a publisher? Disappointed with marketing provided for your previous book? This workshop provides "a thorough destroying of illusions, replaced with real tools and great methods to deal with actual situations” –former workshop participant. You will learn strategies for finding and impressing an agent/publisher; tasks to do—and when—to gain realistic control over the marketing process and publisher support; and how to create the all-important "pre-pub platform.” Abundant handouts will cover all stages of publication. Required Pre-Class Assignment: Write your book's "sell sheet." Instructions received upon registration.

February 23, 2013  |  1PM - 4:30PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library
Erica Miner

Screenwriting: How to Adapt a Story into Film

Instructor: Erica Miner

Have you written a story that shouts "screenplay" or believe it would make a great movie? Have you read a story or novel that begs to be adapted into film? This class will instruct you in the fundamentals of adaptation from story to film. You will learn the difference between fiction writing and screenwriting, with examples taken from specific screen adaptations, as well as how to format a screenplay and create a synopsis and logline. The instructor will provide hands-on exercises either written from scratch or from pages you bring to class. You will leave with Miner's well-researched Screenwriting Resource Sheet and other informative handouts.

Fall 2012 Classes

Scene Structure: How to Build a Novel One Plank at a Time
Instructor: James Thayer

Literary agent Donald Maass says a novel is “a large, complex, fluid and difficult-to-manage undertaking.” Individual scenes are like beads on a necklace: put enough of them together and you have a novel. A scene is a basic unit of a novel, and understanding the structure of a scene is critical for writers. The course will review powerful and proven techniques for creating scenes, including how to start a scene and how to end it, the essential pattern of almost all scenes, ways to obtain maximum effect from your scenes, and how to avoid prospect-killing mistakes. No matter what stage of writing you're in, this class will guide you in building sturdy and exciting frameworks for your stories and novels.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012

James Thayer is the author of thirteen critically acclaimed novels and a writers’ manual, The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel. He is a fiction-writing instructor at the University of Washington extension program. A graduate of Washington State University and the University of Chicago Law School, he lives in Seattle. www.jamesthayer.com

Read an interview with James Thayer.

Fall 2012 Classes

Deep Revision
Instructor: Waverly Fitzgerald

For writers who have already produced a rough draft, this class offers the opportunity to revise and polish an essay, short story, or book manuscript. We’ll begin with an overview, examining themes and structure. Then we’ll tighten our focus to look at the dynamics of each scene or chapter, the shape of each paragraph, and the efficacy of each sentence. We’ll discuss publication strategies so writers are ready for the next step. The goal is to have a piece ready to submit or (for longer works) a detailed plan for completion.

Dates: Mondays, September 17 & 24; October 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2012

Waverly Fitzgerald has been teaching writing classes since her first novel was published by Doubleday in 1977. She has written four historical novels, a family history, and a nonfiction book (Slow Time). With coauthor Curt Colbert, she wrote Dial C for Chihuahua, the first in a series of humorous mystery novels due in October 2012. Fitzgerald has received a residency from Hedgebrook, a fellowship from Jack Straw, and a grant from Washington State’s Artist Trust. www.waverlyfitzgerald.com

Fall 2012 Classes

Writing Fantasy: The Rules of Magic
Instructor: Janet Lee Carey

It's commonly thought that fantasy fiction is easy to write because there are no rules. Just the opposite is true. Fantasy writers understand that the vast freedoms of the genre necessitate a strict set of rules. Break the rules and the magic disappears. How can we create within this paradox? Whether you're already writing fantasy or interested in trying the genre, come join us for this interactive workshop with World Building, Plot and Character Relationship, Mythical Story Sources, and more. In class we will play with writing games that explore new worlds, enrich your work, and restore your story passion.

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012

Janet Lee Carey was raised in the redwood forests of California. In the whispering woods she dreamed of magic worlds. She is the award-winning author of eight young adult novels including Dragonswood (Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal starred reviews). School Library Journal calls her work, "fantasy at its best—original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving." With ten years’ experience teaching college novel-writing classes, Carey also tours the US and abroad presenting at book festivals, libraries, and writing conferences. www.janetleecarey.com

Read an interview with Janet Lee Carey.

Summer 2012 Classes

Marketing Your Book to Agents or Publishers
Instructor: Alice B. Acheson

You've written your book or have a partial manuscript. Now you must write the query letter and synopsis. Where to begin? Reference books seem to have conflicting methods. Is there "one way" to do it? Which details must be included? Which statements should be avoided? Alice Acheson shares what works, what doesn't—and why. While much of this class will focus on fiction, the process can benefit nonfiction writers working on memoirs, biographies, or other creative nonfiction. Saturday will focus on the query letter. It may not be "perfect" when you leave the class, but you'll have a clear idea how to complete the final polish. Sunday will focus on putting the "sell" into the synopsis, using and amplifying what has been learned. For individualized attention, the class is limited to 12 students.

Dates: Saturday, June 30, 2012 and Sunday, July 1, 2012

Alice B. Acheson is a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience. She has negotiated book contracts, sold subsidiary rights, and edited and publicized books. She is the recipient of the Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. As an editor at a major New York City publisher, she read the "slush" pile and spotted the "go/no-go" elements of a project. As a publicist, she has handled many titles that have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. Nationally, she has taught workshops on marketing tools, pitching manuscripts, and publishing choices. She lives in Friday Harbor.

Winter 2012 Classes

Writing Your Memoir
Instructor: Corbin Lewars

Your memoir is a story from your life, not the story of your life. Understanding your theme helps keep you focused as well as provides guidance to what you should include in your memoir. Through lecture, discussions, and readings we will explore the importance of theme, the art of using judgment, forms of memoir, how to weave musings along with plot to keep the story going, and that sticky thing called truth. The instructor will give home writing assignments and provide oral feedback during class. Students who have a draft of their memoir will be able to utilize what they have already written. Students will have the opportunity to workshop scenes in small groups, and will leave the class with a compelling opening scene and a scene that blends musing and judgment. This class is for anyone writing a memoir, whether you are in the brainstorming stage, working on a revision, or somewhere in between.

Dates: Thursday, March 15, 22, and 29, 2012

Corbin Lewars is the author of Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making (2010), which was nominated for the 2011 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and Washington State Book Awards. Her novel Swings is out for submission and she is currently working on her second memoir. Her essays have been featured in over 25 publications as well as several anthologies. Lewars blogs for the Seattle PI and Ballard News Tribune. She has been coaching writers for 10 years, was editor of the women's publication, Verve, and has been a writing instructor for 15 years, currently through Richard Hugo House in Seattle. www.corbinlewars.com

Winter 2012 Classes

Marketing Your Book to Agents or Publishers
Instructor: Alice B. Acheson

You've written your book or have a partial manuscript. Now you must write the query letter and synopsis. Where to begin? Reference books seem to have conflicting methods. Is there "one way" to do it? Which details must be included? Which statements should be avoided? Alice Acheson shares what works, what doesn't—and why. While much of this class will focus on fiction, the process can benefit nonfiction writers working on memoirs, biographies, or other creative nonfiction. Saturday will focus on the query letter. It may not be "perfect" when you leave the class, but you'll have a clear idea how to complete the final polish.  Sunday will focus on putting the "sell" into the synopsis, using and amplifying what has been learned. For individualized attention, the class is limited to 10 students.

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

Alice B. Acheson is a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience. She has negotiated book contracts, sold subsidiary rights, and edited and publicized books. She is the recipient of the Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. As an editor at a major New York City publisher, she read the "slush" pile and spotted the "go/no-go" elements of a project. As a publicist, she has handled many titles that have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. Nationally, she has taught workshops on marketing tools, pitching manuscripts, and publishing choices. She lives in Friday Harbor.

Winter 2012 Classes

The Art of Research
Instructor: Wendy Call

Learn how to put files, stacks, and bytes to work for your writing. Whether it’s a new online database, 50-year-old book, 300-year-old manuscript, or 500-year-old map that you need, this workshop will help you find the resources that best inform your writing. It might be an essay, novel, play, or poem you’re creating, but at some point you’ll need to do some old-fashioned research—using newfangled tools. Bring your research questions and your laptop (optional); we'll dig up the answers. A reference librarian will join us for part of the day as we navigate information superhighways and carriage roads.

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wendy Call is the 2011 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell College of Iowa. She has been Writer in Residence at more than a dozen institutions, including universities, arts schools, a national park, and a public hospital. Call is the author of No Word for Welcome (2011), co-editor of Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (2007), and translator of Mexican poetry and short fiction. She has completed research for her writing in a hospital emergency room, in forests and rural villages, and in historical archives on three continents—but her most relied-upon source is her local, public library. www.wendycall.com

Photo credit: Rosanne Olson

 

Fall 2011 Classes

Character Development Intensive
Instructor: James Thayer

Readers remember a novel's characters long after the plot has been forgotten. We still love Lonesome Dove's Augustus McCrae, but who can remember all that happened to him? We love Oliver Twist, but can't recall all the ordeals Dickens put him through. Almost all successful fictional protagonists have nine personality traits. We will discuss each trait, showing why it is important. Bestselling authors use certain techniques to write enduring characters. We will focus on these techniques and learn to create 1) vivid physical descriptions, 2) memorable personality traits, and 3) external conditions in the story that make a character more appealing. We will also cover specific techniques for crafting the hero, the buddy, and the villain. We will emphasize dialogue, including proven methods to make it dramatic and convincing. The instructor will provide handouts and include in-class exercises.

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fall 2011 Classes

Writing the Picture Book
Instructor: George Shannon

The picture book for children (ages birth to 8) includes most subgenres found in adult literature—all in 32 pages. What can you say that's new? Plenty, if you say it in your unique voice, and say it well. Through lecture, discussion, writing exercises, readings, and in-class critiques we will explore the possibilities, criteria, and craft of writing picture books for friends and family as well as publishers. This course will focus primarily on the verbal elements of the picture book, but visual elements will naturally be part of the discussion. Students are encouraged to bring a work-in-progress to class. They will also begin at least two new picture book texts (via class exercises), and complete one of those manuscripts by the end of the course. Students will receive a written critique from the instructor.

Dates: Thursday, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 2011

Fall 2011 Classes

Writing Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Priscilla Long

You’d like to write creative nonfiction essays, but you’re not sure which form they should take. In this class, we’ll explore the exciting range of forms proliferating in the world of creative nonfiction. Examples include numbered forms, questions, straightforward ten-paragraph essays, and others. We will also work on sentence craft. We'll scrutinize virtuoso sentences written by master writers and work on moving our own skills in that direction. Students will produce three short, finished creative nonfiction essays, generated through in-class exercises and home assignments. The instructor will provide oral and written feedback. The required text is The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life by Priscilla Long. This class is for all writing levels, from beginning to advanced. Bring a notebook and expect to have fun.

Dates: Monday, September 19 and 26, October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2011

Winter 2011 Classes

Writing the Teen Novel
Instructor: Suzanne Selfors

Walk into any bookstore and you'll notice the young adult section has doubled. Teenagers are reading! And there’s a variety of styles and subjects—it’s not just about vampires. While stories vary, at the heart of every teen novel is the coming-of-age theme. Using popular YA novels as examples, this class will explore the unique aspects of writing for teens. We’ll discuss concerns such as “Do I have to sound like a teenager?” “Should I worry about trends?” and “How do I get in touch with my inner teen?” Each class will be a blend of lecture and workshop. Writers of all levels are welcome, but a first chapter of a work-in-progress is required. The instructor and class members will read the chapters before discussion in the workshop sessions. Students will receive a written critique from the instructor. Students should mail up to 12 double-spaced pages from their first chapters along with their application. Before class begins, students will be notified as to how many copies to bring to the first class.


Dates: Thursday, February 24 and March 3, 10, and 17, 2011

Winter 2011 Classes

Marketing Your Book to Agents or Publishers
Instructor: Alice B. Acheson

You've written your book or have a partial manuscript. Now you must write the query letter and synopsis. Where to begin? Reference books seem to have conflicting methods. Is there "one way" to do it? What details must be included? What potholes should be avoided? Alice Acheson shares what works, what doesn't—and why. While much of this class will focus on fiction, the process can benefit nonfiction writers working on memoirs, biographies, or other creative nonfiction. Saturday will focus on the query letter. Your query may not be "perfect" when you leave, but you'll have a clear idea how to do the final polish. Sunday will focus on putting the "sell" into the synopsis, using what has been learned and amplifying it. For individualized attention, the class is limited to 10 students.

After registering, students will receive, via email, guidelines for writing a one-page query and a synopsis, plus an example of a query that succeeded. Before January 28, students should email directly to the instructor their query letter and synopsis and bring to class 12 copies of each. Between Saturday and Sunday classes, students will be asked to read all synopses and be ready to comment.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, 2011

Winter 2011 Classes

Writing for the Nonfiction Magazine Market
Instructor: Bruce Barcott

You've got a great magazine story idea, or you love magazines and want to write for them, but the whole slick-print world seems impenetrable. Not so. Magazine editors are always looking for fresh ideas and new writers. Bruce Barcott writes for National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and other periodicals. In this class, he will work with students to identify viable nonfiction story ideas and match them with potential magazines and editors. Students will develop story ideas, proposals, and articles as class assignments. The instructor will help students report, write, and edit their stories into shape and give oral and written feedback. No experience necessary.

Dates: Monday, January 10, 24, 31 and February 7, 2011

Fall 2010 Classes

Reading Like a Writer
Instructor: Julie Larios

We turn to books for many reasons—for intellectual stimulation, entertainment, solace, the satisfaction of personal curiosity, the mastering of new skills, and the simple camaraderie of fellow readers. Each of these pleasures can be developed and deepened by learning how to read like a writer. Using the book Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose as a guide, we'll look at strategies writers use to pull readers into their stories. We'll focus on devices both large and small (from narrative arcs to the artful sentence) and share careful observations about a handful of wonderful books, including the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.

Dates: Sunday, November 7 and November 14, 2010

Fall 2010 Classes

Beginning Fiction Workshop
Instructor: Shawn Wong

Nearly everyone says or overhears someone say, "I have a great idea for a novel." How do fiction writers get from idea to written pages? How do you give yourself practical writing assignments to meet your goal? What tricks can you play on yourself to move your writing ability from one level to another? How can you be an objective editor of your writing? There is no tried-and-true path to writing fiction, but Shawn Wong's students for the past 26 years at UW have gone on to write and publish short stories and novels and win writing awards. What he tells them will be compressed into four sessions. In other words, let's skip the apprenticeship and get straight to the writing.

Dates: Thursday, September 23 and 30, October 7 and 14, 2010

Winter 2010 Classes

Point of View in Practice
Instructor: Margaret Nevinski

"Start thinking of POV tools, not POV rules," says writer Alicia Rasley. In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore POV tools available to writers in the context of their own work. Writing exercises, shared aloud for group discussion, will focus on applying POV choices to the students' own writing. Students will submit a 3-page writing sample before the class begins. The instructor will discuss a number of these pages each week from the perspective of POV. This workshop is for writers who have taken the Field's End class "Point of View" (Fall 2009), or who have a finished or in-progress fiction manuscript.

Dates: Wednesday, March 24, 31 and April 7, 14, 2010

Winter 2010 Classes

Speculative Fiction
Instructor: Cat Rambo

The field of speculative fiction allows writers to play with talking objects, spaceships, and transformations of the unlikely to the unlikelier. In this workshop, we'll discuss the basics of story writing and how the considerations of speculative fiction do (and don't) alter those basics. We'll also discuss how to build convincing worlds and cultures. In-class writing exercises will focus on sparking creativity, establishing characters, and plotting.

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010

Winter 2010 Classes

Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal
Instructor: Waverly Fitzgerald

Writers of nonfiction books (including travel and memoir) need a book proposal to attract agents and publishers. But writing this marketing tool is very different from writing the book itself. Unlike popular one-day classes which provide the format and send the writer off to do the work alone, this class provides ongoing support and structure as you write the proposal. By the end of four weeks, you will have a complete proposal including a concept statement, marketing research, author credentials, an outline and a sample chapter. Even if all you have at the moment is an idea for a book, this class will help you develop your material.

Dates: Thursday, January 28 and February 4, 11, 18, 2010

Fall 2009 Classes

Brass Tacks: The Right Sentence and the Telling Detail
Instructor: Priscilla Long

First-rate writers use all the sentence forms and choose them to carry particular meanings or emotions. This hands-on course is designed for writers of all levels—beginner to advanced— interested in revising several short works or books-in-progress. We'll scrutinize brilliant sentences and paragraphs and apply our discoveries as we reshape our own works to intensify content. Diction (word choice) is equally important. Students will explore techniques for gathering language that is more original, more resonant, and still true to one's individual voice.

Dates: Monday, October 19 and 26, November 2 and 9, 2009

Fall 2009 Classes

Point of View
Instructor: Margaret Nevinski

Choosing a point of view (POV) is one of the most important decisions a writer makes when beginning a new piece of fiction. However, confusion abounds about different POVs and which is most effective for a particular story. This hands-on class will explore the complex world of POV and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students will submit a writing sample before the class starts. Depending on the number of students, the instructor will discuss 1-2 pieces of submitted writing from students each week from the perspective of POV. During each session, students will write POV exercises and be encouraged to share them aloud and discuss.

Dates: Wednesday, September 30 and October 7, 14, 21, 2009

Winter 2009 Classes

Writing the Middle-Grade Novel
Instructor: Suzanne Selfors

Dates: Monday, February 23 and March 2, 9, 16, 2009

Using popular middle-grade novels as examples, Selfors will explore the unique aspects of this genre for the reader age 8-12. Writers of all levels are welcome, but a completed first chapter of a middle grade novel is required. The class will combine lecture and workshop, during which chapters will be read by the instructor and all class members before discussion in the workshop sessions. Students should mail one copy of the chapter (no more than eight double-spaced pages) along with their application. Once the number of students is set, each person will be notified about the number of copies to bring to the first class.

Fall 2008 Classes

Secrets to a Clear, Compelling Sentence
Instructor: Gary Kinder

In this workshop, students did a variety of writing and editing exercises to improve their prose.

True Stories: Personal Narrative and Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Barbara Sjoholm

This 5-week course explored various forms of essays that can be used to record and examine events of a life.

Winter 2008 Classes

Truth or Consequences: Keeping Fiction True
Instructor: Garth Stein

This 8-hour course focused on techniques to maintain the dramatic truth in fiction.
 

Memoir
Instructor: Brenda Peterson

This 10-hour course included exercises and guidelines to strengthen the narrative arc in memoir.


Dialog
Instructor: Garrett Bennet

In this 5-hour course offered over two Saturdays, students learned how good dialog reveals character and strengthens any story.

Fall 2007 Classes

Writing the Personal Essay for College Applicants
Instructor: Marian Merkel

High school students received instruction and feedback on their college application essays.

Bringing History Alive in Fiction
Instructor: Kathleen Acala

This 12-hour craft course focused on shaping historical research and source materials into fiction that appeals to the modern audience.

Writing Literary Collage: New Forms in Nonfiction
Instructor: Priscilla Long

In this 10-hour craft course, students explored new nonfiction forms.

Summer 2007 Classes

The Original Idea: The Heart of Your Story
Instructor: Bob Mayer

Field’s End’s first online class took place during the month of July. Students participated in group discussions and shared their work via the Internet.


Winter 2007 Classes

The Play’s the Thing
Instructor: Elizabeth Heffron

In this 15-hour workshop, students wrote a one-act play.

Writing the Picture Book Text
Instructor: George Shannon

This 10-hour craft course explored storytelling skills for the picture book.

Fall 2006 Classes

Art of the Short
Instructor: Matt Briggs 


This 4-hour craft class centered on short forms in writing.


Who I Am: Writing the Personal Essay for College Applicants
Instructor: Susan Wiggs


This 4-hour craft class helped teens preparing for college.

  

Writing Historical Fiction
Instructor: Kathleen Alcalá


In this 12-hour craft class, students learned about issues surrounding historical fiction.

 

Your Nonfiction Book Project: Putting It All Together
Instructor: Sheila Rabe


This 8-hour craft class
focused on nonfiction book proposals.

Winter 2006 Classes

Young Writers Workshop on Fiction
Instructor: David Guterson


This 18-hour fiction workshop was for teens.

 

The Art of the Paragraph
Instructor: Priscilla Long


In this 10-hour craft class, students delved into the effectiveness of the paragraph.

  

Beyond Nip and Tuck: Advanced Revision in Fiction
Instructor: Carole Glickfeld


This 18-hour workshop
offered advanced revision techniques.

Fall 2005 Classes

How to Write the First Page of Your Novel
Instructor: Bharti Kirchner


This 4-hour craft class focused on getting started on your novel.

  

Craft for Prose Junkies
Instructor: Cheryl Slean


This 12-hour class for “prose junkies” concentrated on different aspects of writing craft.

 

Writing As Play: Nurturing the Young Writer
Instructor: George Shannon


In this 1.5 hour workshop, students were
encouraged to use play in their writing.

Spring 2005 Classes

An Agent’s Point of View
Instructor: Elizabeth Wales


In this 1.5 hour lecture class, a literary agent discussed her role in the publishing process.

 

On the Road: Exploring the World Through Writing Your Travels
Instructor: Irene Wanner

This 12-hour class focused on the special requirements of travel writing.

Winter 2005 Classes

Don’t Dream It ... Do It
Instructor: Susan Wiggs


In this 6-hour workshop, students learned how to take steps to make their writing dreams a reality.  

  

Writing Literature for Children
Instructor: George Shannon


This 12-hour craft class presented an overview of writing for children.

Fall 2004 Classes

From Imitation to Imagination
Instructor: Priscilla Long

This 10-hour class focused on crafting prose.

 

From Page to Stage: Writing the One-Act Play
Instructor: Amy Wheeler


In this 12-hour class, students wrote a one-act play and learned elements of playwriting.

  

No Tricks and No Secrets: An Editor’s Perspective on Publishing Your Work
Instructor: Robin Desser


In this 1.5 hour class, an editor delivered a lecture about the publishing world.

Spring 2004 Classes

The Craft of Poetry
Instructor: Sharon Cumberland


This 12-hour craft class taught the elements of poetry.

  

Navigating the Past: A Guide for Writers
Instructor: Laura Kalpakian


This 8-hour craft class
revealed the issues to watch when writing about the past.

Winter 2004 Classes

Becoming a Writer: Approaches and Practices
Instructor: Priscilla Long


Do you want to be a writer? This 10-hour craft class explored how.

  

Measure for Measure: Detail and Narrative Pace
Instructor: Irene Wanner


In this 12-hour craft class, students learned how to master detail and pacing in their fiction.

  

Revising Your Fiction Manuscript
Instructor: Carole Glickfeld


This 12-hour craft workshop provided revision techniques for fiction writers.

Fall 2003 Classes

Anatomy of a Character
Instructor: Skye Moody


This 12-hour fiction craft class analyzed character development.

  

The Arc of the Story
Instructor: Kathleen Alcalá


In this 12-hour fiction workshop, students learned about story arc in novels and short stories.

Devotion and Discipline of a Writing Life
Instructor: Naomi Shihab Nye


This 1.5-hour workshop
delivered reflections on the joys and rigors of the writing life.

Spring 2003 Classes

The Art of Poetry

Instructors: Northwest poets (in order of appearance) Richard Kenney, Linda Bierds, John Willson, Colleen J. McElroy, Roger Fanning, and Sam Hamill


Six classes with six poets delved into poetic craft.

  

Strategies to Unmask the Conscious/Subconscious Theme in Your Short Story or Novel
Instructor: Michael Collins


In this 12-hour short story workshop, fiction writers explored the theme of theme.

Dangerous Sentences

Instructor: David Long


A 6-hour fiction workshop
concentrated on sentence craft.

Winter 2003 Classes

The Art of the Sentence (back by popular demand)
Instructor: Priscilla Long


This 10-hour craft class continued the exploration of the sentence.

  

Coming to Terms with the Place We Call Home
Instructor: Robert Michael Pyle


In this 2-day writing workshop, students focused on the meanings and theme of home.

  

Creating a Work of Short Fiction or Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Priscilla Long


This 6-hour craft class delved into the short form, whether fiction or creative nonfiction.

Writing Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Nick O’Connell


This 12-hour class provided techniques for writing creative nonfiction.

Revising Your Fiction Manuscript
Instructor: Carole Glickfeld


In this 12-hour fiction workshop, fiction writers learned revision techniques.

  

What Happens Next? Structure and Momentum in the Short Story
Instructor: Michael Byers


This 12-hour fiction class
analyzed the short story in terms of building a structure and pacing.

Fall 2002 Classes

The Art of the Sentence: Moving Your Writing from Competent to Brilliant Through More Sophisticated Sentencing


Instructor: Priscilla Long


This 10-hour craft class explored the possibilities of the sentence.

  

The Art of Fiction
Instructor: David Guterson


In this 12-hour lecture class, students learned about the craft of writing fiction.