Special Events

Writing Time!

New this Fall! Click here for dates, times and info 

2nd Thursday of Each Month Starting in October

ONGOING Teen Writer's Group

Join us to write and learn new tips! Author and writing teacher Margaret Nevinski and Rebecca Lacko from the Field's End writing organization will share their expertise. You'll learn new strategies for putting ideas into words, and get your writing questions answered. Bring pieces you're currently working on to get feedback from a peer group if you wish, or start something new. Co-sponsored by KRL. Grades 7-12.

3:30-5 PM Bainbridge Public Library

March 12, 2016  |  10:30AM - 12PM  |  Poulsbo Library  |  Free Event

You've Got a First Draft, Now What?

Jen Grogan and Jim Thomsen

If you took advantage of National Novel Writing Month—or even if you didn’t—here’s your chance to hear from real, live editors what to do after you’ve written your book’s first draft. We'll discuss how to shave extraneous passages, how to hook the reader with your opening, how to maintain "pleasurable uncertainty" on every page, how to drill down to dialogue that doesn't just pass the time, and much more.

Jim Thomsen is the owner and operator of Desolation Island Editing Services, which has provided developmental, line and copy editing for book authors since 2010. A Bainbridge Island native, Thomsen spent twenty-four years as a newspaper reporter and editor, including a combined decade at the Bainbridge Island Review and Kitsap Sun. He has presented on editing and writing craft to the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Romance Writers of America and a number of other organizations. He can be reached at thomsen1965@gmail.com and found on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Jen Grogan is an editor and writer specializing in sci-fi, fantasy, and romance/erotic fiction. She's won NaNoWriMo six years, but is still trying to get a completed manuscript (or six, rather) out of it. Do as she says, not as she does. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two large cats.

Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Rd, Poulsbo, WA
Free Event
Space is limited. Please register at the Poulsbo library or (360) 779-2915


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

An Evening with Natalie Goldberg

Eagle Harbor Books is proud to present, in partnership with Field's End and BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network), author and speaker Natalie Goldberg in celebration of her new book The Great Spring and the 30th anniversary edition of her classic, Writing Down the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages.

Eagle Harbor Books is asking guests to sign up for the event, as a large turnout is expected. Customers who buy the book at Eagle Harbor Books in advance will receive priority in seating and signing. You can both buy the book and/or sign up for the event here. Wine and cheese will be available to enjoy at the event.

What does it take to have a long writing life? Drawing on her years of writing, teaching, and practicing Zen, in The Great Spring Natalie Goldberg shares the experiences that have opened her to new ways of being alive experiences that point the way forward in our lives and our writing.

The "great spring" of this book title refers to the great rush of energy that arrives when you think no life will ever come again--the early yellow flowering forsythia, for example. It also refers to enlightenment: obstructions shatter, pain cracks open, previously resisted truth releases, an acceptance of transiency flows through. Goldberg shares the moments that have sprung from her own life of writing, teaching, and Zen practice --  moments of searching, wandering, zigzagging, losing, and leaping where she has found herself and her voice. In these pages, we watch as Natalie "makes positive effort for the good" one of the guiding rules of her writing life, and we see that if we can stay attentive in our lives, even in the middle of the ruins, "we can hear the sound of a songbird in a Paris chestnut tree." Whether we know if the song comes from inside us or out doesn't matter.

In Writing Down the Bones, Goldberg uses insight, humor, and practicality to inspire writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer's craft: on writing from "first thoughts" (keep your hand moving, don't cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don't listen to it), even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author's witty approach ("Writing Is Not a McDonald's Hamburger," "Man Eats Car," "Be an Animal"), will inspire anyone who writes or who longs to."

Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books, including the beloved Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, a memoir about her Zen teacher. For the last 30 years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice. She lives in northern New Mexico.

157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

April 4, 2016  |  6PM - 8PM  |  Poulsbo Library

Word Soup: A Four-Part Writing Workshop (Part 1)

A four-part writing workshop with Karen Gerstenberger for those who want to write, used to write or are experiencing creative blocks. Discover and free your creative voice. 

Register at (360) 779-2915
Free Event - seating limited, so sign up early!
Poulsbo Library, 700 Lincoln Road, Poulsbo

April 11, 2016  |  6PM - 8PM  |  Poulsbo Library

Word Soup: A Four-Part Writing Workshop (Part 2)

A four-part writing workshop with Karen Gerstenberger for those who want to write, used to write or are experiencing creative blocks. Discover and free your creative voice. 

Register at (360) 779-2915
Free Event - seating limited, so sign up early!
Poulsbo Library, 700 Lincoln Road, Poulsbo

April 18, 2016  |  6PM - 8PM  |  Poulsbo Library

Word Soup: A Four-Part Writing Workshop (Part 3)

A four-part writing workshop with Karen Gerstenberger for those who want to write, used to write or are experiencing creative blocks. Discover and free your creative voice. 

Register at (360) 779-2915
Free Event - seating limited, so sign up early!
Poulsbo Library, 700 Lincoln Road, Poulsbo

April 25, 2016  |  6PM - 8PM  |  Poulsbo Library

Word Soup: A Four-Part Writing Workshop (Part 4)

A four-part writing workshop with Karen Gerstenberger for those who want to write, used to write or are experiencing creative blocks. Discover and free your creative voice. 

Register at (360) 779-2915
Free Event - seating limited, so sign up early!
Poulsbo Library, 700 Lincoln Road, Poulsbo

April 30, 2016  |  10:30AM - 12PM  |  Poulsbo Library

Kate Gavigan: The Gifts of the Artist's Way

"The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity. Whether you see yourself as an artist or not, instructor Kate Gavigan, will help you use Julia’s basic tools to tap into your creative side.

Poulsbo Library, Free Event (co-sponsored by Field’s End)
Space is limited. Please register at the Poulsbo library or (360) 779-2915
Poulsbo Library, 700 Lincoln Avenue, Poulsbo