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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    • Tuesday, January 07, 2020
    • 24 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 6

    Word War is a fun, relaxed, social writing group where we write in twenty-five minute sprints together. There is no reading aloud, no critique, and no one is ever put on the spot. It's a time to meet other writers, boost productivity, and be encouraged and inspired. Word War is drop-in and open to all, so there's no need for BARN members to sign up. Come whenever you need the extra time and motivation to make progress on your project, whatever it may be. 

    Organizer: Amelia Ramsey is a graduate of The Evergreen State College where she studied modern Southern literature and an indie-published author of dozens of steamy romantic shorts, novellas, and novels. She writes and publishes on Amazon under two pseudonyms she's too embarrassed to share with anyone. She's currently working on her first non-romantic

    If you are a interested in joining, contact Amelia at amelia@whereikeep.info




    • Monday, August 05, 2019
    • Monday, December 02, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 6
    Register

    This group meets the first Monday of every other month:

    Meetings are:

    August 5
    October 7
    December 2

    If you would like to join this group please contact:

    Kassia Sing at kassiasing@hotmail.com



    • Tuesday, August 06, 2019
    • Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 6

    This Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and more) Group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Those who wish to learn more or, perhaps, join, should email Rebecca Villareal before attending or registering.


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    • Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    • 23 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 12
    Quiet Writing Time every Wednesday (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

    This is a Member benefit with a fob that has been activated to access the studio. 

    No need to register just drop on by.




    • Thursday, August 08, 2019
    • Thursday, December 12, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 12

    Good fiction, good discussion, good people! The BARN Book Group 4 Writers meets monthly, the second Thursday of the month, from 6:30 – 8 PM in the Writers Studio.  Join us to read and discuss chosen books. 

    For more info, email Kassia Sing kassiasing@hotmail.com or Janet Smith janetdsmith@mac.com.

    Members are free. Non-members can purchase a punch card good for 10 visits for $30. Please inquire in the studio.

    • Friday, August 09, 2019
    • Friday, January 10, 2020
    • 23 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 12
    Quiet Writing Time every Friday (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

    This is a Member benefit with a fob that has been activated to access the studio. 

    No need to register just drop on by.




    • Friday, August 09, 2019
    • Friday, January 24, 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR0519JP
    • 12

    Prose Writers Group meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.

    Interested in joining with this group?

    Contact:
    John Porter
    porterjm17@gmail.com




    • Monday, August 12, 2019
    • Monday, December 23, 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA

    This is a critique group whose membership is by invitation only. Please contact Caryl Grosch.


    writers' Studio Lead: Sallie Maron 

    Writers.Lead@Bainbridgebarn.org

    • Monday, August 12, 2019
    • Monday, December 23, 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 3

    This is a closed fiction critique group that meets every second and fourth Monday. If you have questions, please contact Theresa Smith.

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    • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 6

    Stage and Screen Writers Group meets in the studio every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

    Like to join this group? Contact Maria Beatty mbeatty@coregroupusa.com


    • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    • 8 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR0519BW
    • 12

    Children's Writers Group meets the 2nd Tuesday, of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

    Interested in joining with this group?

    Contact:
    Bridgett Wonder
    bridgett_wonder@hotmail.com




    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code: WR091819KA
    • 6
    Register

    This six-week course will focus on shaping research, family stories, and other source materials into a form that will appeal to a contemporary reader. We will focus on the emotional development of your characters, as well as setting, scene, and dialogue, to bring fresh language to situations and characters. Sensory detail draws the reader into the story, but we must also empathize with the characters and fully inhabit their worlds. One of the most successful genres in both commercial and literary publishing today, readers of all ages find a well-imagined historical novel irresistible.

    We will end by discussing how to approach an agent or editor, cover letters, the synopsis, and possible markets. 

    Instructor: Kathleen Alcalá’s trilogy on nineteenth century Mexico was published by Chronicle Books: Spirits of the Ordinary, The Flower in the Skull, and Treasures in Heaven. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor's Writers Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Award, and a Washington State Book Award. A co-founder and contributing editor to The Raven Chronicles, Kathleen has been a writer in residence at Richard Hugo House and was permanent faculty in the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA Program on Whidbey Island. Kathleen is also the author of a short story collection, Mrs. Vargas and the Dead NaturalistThe Desert Remembers My Name, essays on family and writing, and most recently, The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island from the University of Washington Press.

    • Thursday, September 26, 2019
    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR092619JG
    • 8
    Registration is closed
    This generative Amherst Writers & Artists workshop is not your typical class or writing group but has elements of both.  A safe environment is created to provide writers of all levels an opportunity to generate new writing, energy, be surprised and have fun while learning craft elements and more about their writing strengths.

    Each session includes two to three writing prompts followed by a time for reading and response.

    Every piece is a first draft, like a “new baby” says Pat Schneider, founder of Amherst Writers & Artists. Responses can only start with: what is strong, what stays with me and what I like.

    Julie Gardner is an Amherst Writers and Artists Affiliate and has been leading Writers Gathering workshops and retreats in Seattle and beyond for nearly nine years. She moved to Bainbridge Island in 2018.

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    • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR100819JM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    In this 5 session class, you will explore the genre of picture books via classic and contemporary examples, with a focus on current publishing preferences and practices. 

    Your look at this unique literary form will cover topics such as narrative structure, character development, word choice, the relationship between words and images, developing a story, thumbnails and book dummies, steps to finding an agent and publication, joining critique groups and professional organizations. A portion of each class, except the first, will be devoted to sharing and critiquing student projects. 


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    Instructor:
    Jennifer K. Mann
     is a picture book author and illustrator from Bainbridge Island. Formerly an architect, she gleefully turned to picture books full-time in 2012. She is the author and illustrator of Two Speckled EggsI Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s BlackboardSam and Jump, and Josie’s Lost Tooth, all published by Candlewick Press. She is the illustrator of George Shannon’s Turkey Tot, and Alison McGhee’s Percy, Dog of Destiny.


    • Thursday, October 24, 2019
    • Thursday, January 09, 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio
    • 12

    Word Sprint is a weekly time to write in the company of others. We write for twenty-five minutes, take a break, repeat. We'll turn dedicated, focused time into two of the most productive hours of our week! 

    There will be no sharing or critique, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It will be fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. 

    No need to register. Please contact Genevieve with questions.

    Please note there will be no meeting on Thursday, July 4th.

    Organizer: Genevieve Douglass Persen is a composer and writer.




    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Writers' Room, BARN, WR103019WR
    • 2
    Register

    It’s time to take your writing seriously. Warren Read—writer, educator, and published author—will guide you through every step of writing a short story in this four-session workshop. 

    The class will cover what makes a short story, character development, setting, dialogue, and point of view. Each session will include writing advice, fluency prompts, sharing your work with class members, and writing groups/workshopping. Between meetings, you will focus on developing your short story.

    All levels of writers are welcome. You might dust off an old story you began years ago, come to class with an idea for a story, or attend the first session with no clue what you want to write. It’s all okay because the first class will begin with brainstorming activities. You’ll leave with a clear direction in mind.

    Warren Read will use excerpts and ideas from Ron Carlson Writes a Story. You are encouraged to get a copy from the library, Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, and others.     

    Instructor Bio: Warren Read is the author of a memoir, The Lyncher in Me (2009, Borealis Books) and the novel, Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback Magazine and the Christmas issue of East Bay Review. He is an assistant principal in Bainbridge Island, WA; in 2015 he received his MFA in from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Learn more about Warren at www.warren-read.com.


    • Sunday, November 03, 2019
    • Sunday, November 24, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR110319PL
    • 7
    Register

    Great writers vary the structure of their sentences, using particular forms to intensify meaning and deepen emotion. This hands-on course in developing virtuoso skill in sentencing and paragraphing is designed for writers interested in revising several short works or a book-in-progress. We’ll scrutinize brilliant sentences and paragraphs and deepen our craft by writing our own.

    Bring a notebook to write in and the required text: The Writer’s Portable Mentor, 2nd edition (available at Eagle Harbor Book Company).


    Priscilla Long is a writer of poetry, essays, creative nonfictions, fictions, science, and history. She has an MFA degree from the University of Washington and teaches writing.

    Priscilla is the author of:

    The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, 2nd edition

    Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators

    Crossing Over: Poems

    Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

    Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry

    Her awards include a National Magazine Award.


    • Saturday, November 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR110919JCJ
    • 11
    Register

    Conflict is the novel’s engine. It propels the story forward, gives it energy and urgency. And who or what provides your protagonist with conflict? Opposition, in the form of an antagonist or antagonizing force.

    Black-and-white villains are easy to write, but unsatisfying for the reader. Your narrative’s engine will stall without a multidimensional antagonistic force. Grit, drama, and tension are created when your antagonist elicits empathy, curiosity, fascination. When they show their vulnerable side (I know I’m not the only one who cried when Luke removed Darth Vader’s mask!). Lady Macbeth, Gollum, Severus Snape, Briony from Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Amy from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl… the antagonists we hate to love as readers are the antagonists we most want to create in our own work.

    Through a variety of craft-based exercises and inquiries, this workshop will examine your antagonist’s dimensions, motivations, and desires behind her or his darker forces. 


    Julie Christine Johnson is the award-winning author of the novels In Another Life (Sourcebooks, 2016) and The Crows of Beara (Ashland Creek Press, 2017). Her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; River Poets Journal, in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and psychology and a master’s in international affairs. Julie leads writing workshops and seminars and offers story/developmental editing and writer coaching services. A hiker, yogi, and wine geek, Julie makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington State.



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    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR112119MS
    • 10
    Register

    "BARN  Gathering” --Authors’ Reading

    In the spirit of Gertrude Stein, BARN Writers and Martha Salinas will be hosting a salon for members and non-members to read their work to an appreciative audience. This is a great opportunity to prepare for your debut as an author. Even if you’ve read at your own book signings before, this is a wonderful chance to reach new readers. Beginners and experienced writers alike are welcome. 

    There will be room for ten readers and two guests who don’t read. Each reading will be five minutes with two short breaks. Please sign up early. 



    • Friday, November 22, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • BARN Wide Event

    BARN will be closed and the front and back doors locked down to both Members and Non-Members beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday night as we begin preparations for the Bazaar at BARN.

    Doors will reopen to all on Saturday, at 8:00 AM.

    If you have questions, please contact Carla our Membership Coordinator at Membership@bainbridgebarn.org.



    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN wide event- No classes scheduled
    The BARN Bazaar is a new Bainbridge Island holiday tradition featuring a wide variety of art, crafts, and artisan foods, all made by hand. Buy direct from the maker at this annual celebration of the creativity that happens all year round at BARN. From jewelry to wood arts, basketry to weaving, you’ll find an unmatched selection of original handmade items – all made right here at BARN.

    Kick off the holidays in homegrown style. Join us for a day of shopping, food, and community!

    BARN members wishing to participate in this event must be a member for a minimum of 3 months (must join by August 31st) to participate. You can contact Carla Mackey at membership@bainbridgebarn.org for an application which will be available Monday, October 21.

    • Thursday, November 28, 2019
    • 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    This is a staff holiday.


    • Sunday, December 08, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • BARN's Great Room on the Upper Floor, Class Code: WR120819KM
    • 48
    Register

    Please join us in celebration as we close out a great year with a gathering of writers, readers, and friends of the BARN Writing Studio. 

    Please register so we know how many will be attending.

    Karl Marlantes, Author of Matterhorn, What It’s like to Go to War, and his new book Deep River will be joining us, in a conversation hosted by his daughter Laurel Marlantes. Questions for Karl will be curated, and can be submitted to Writers.lead@bainbridgebarn.org



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    • Monday, December 16, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • BARN Great Room and Kitchen

    Contact: Denise or Catherine C.


    7.21.2019- Date change to Monday 12/16 as per DD

    • Saturday, January 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR011120ET
    • 10
    Register

    Writing with Scissors! It’s January 2020, let’s break a few things! (Plus, all the cool kids are doing it.)

    In this course, students will learn to generate writing and experiment with form using literary techniques inspired by collage, mosaic, and kintsugi. Students will complete several exploratory prose pieces that they will use as material, along with items they discover throughout the class or bring from home. Close attention will also be paid to the narrative strategies of writers who have utilized these techniques, such as literary rockstars like Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Anne Carson, Scott Russell Sanders, David Shields, Renata Adler, Maggie Nelson, Eula Biss, and Sherman Alexie, among others.

    In his book Reality Hunger (2010), David Shields defines collage as “the art of reassembling fragments of preexisting images in such a way as to form a new image.” Collage writing loosens us up. Kintsugi (the Japanese art of reassemblage, highlighting the cracks) and Mosaic techniques develop our skills of intuitive structure. 

    Whether we consider ourselves to be makers, poets, essayists, memoirists, artists, musicians, or storytellers, we can benefit from abandoning preconceived notions. Let’s embrace the blurring of genre and sharpen our skills to create more intuitive, organic structures in our writing. There’s no better time than right now to shake things up!

    Instructor:

    Eliza Tudor is a writer, editor, and teacher new to Bainbridge Island. Her stories have appeared in PANK, TLR, Hobart, Annalemma, Paper Darts, and The Conium Review, among others. Her novella, Wish You Were Here, won the 2017 Minerva Rising Press Novella Prize and was published by that press. With an MA in English and an MFA in Writing, Eliza has taught both at the University-level, and in community-based workshops throughout the United States. She’s worked in publishing and continues to work as a freelance editor. She also reads your submissions to Quarterly West magazine. You can find more at www.elizatudor.com.

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    • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR012320
    • 11
    Register

    Mary Oliver brought many people to poetry with her plain language and sense of wonder. What next? Who else? This workshop will explore other poets who open our eyes to the world and to our full humanity. We will read poetry that will astonish and write poems in response.

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    Michele Bombardier’s collection What We Do is currently a finalist for the Washington Book of the Year Award. Michele's poetry and reviews have been published in dozens of journals and anthologies including Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Artemis and many others. She earned her MFA in poetry at Pacific University and is the founder of Fishplate Poetry, a social-purpose organization that provides workshops and retreats for writers while raising money for humanitarian relief, specifically for medical care for refugees in partnership with the Syrian American Medical Society.



    • Saturday, February 01, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR020120JS
    • 12
    Register

    Are you interested in writing for children? Join us for an afternoon of diving into the children’s books industry, which includes picture books to young adult novels.

    Jolie will talk about this special corner of the publishing world and explore its books and creators. Jolie will share resources, talk about the writing process, as well as the submission and publication process.

    Instructor:

    Jolie Stekly has worked with numerous editors, agents, authors and illustrators to develop programming for conferences, retreats and classes.  She was recognized as SCBWI's 2009 Member of the Year. Jolie teaches the writing for children section(s) of the UW Certificate in Writing. She is a writer, writing instructor/coach, and freelance editor for children’s books (picture books to young adult). Jolie holds a masters degree in education, is on the blog team for SCBWI and is represented by literary agent, Rosemary Stimola.

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    • Saturday, February 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR022920JJ
    • 49
    Register


    J. A. Jance is the author of mystery novels that include these bestselling series: the Seattle Police Department Detective J.P. Beaumont, Arizona County Sheriff Joanna Brady, former Los Angeles news reporter turned crime solver Ali Reynolds, and the Walker Family Mysteries. 

    In a one-session class, she will be showing how pieces of her life have been woven into the tapestry of her various stories and encouraging workshop participants to consider doing the same. 

    You may want to bring your lunch as we will break from about noon to 1 pm. You can eat and visit in the Commons during this time. A refrigerator is also on the lower level. 

    Bio:
    At age 39, J.A. Jance gave herself permission to start pursing her lifelong dream of becoming a writer.  A quarter of a century later, with almost sixty books published, all to them still in print, she is living that dream and likes nothing better than to encourage others to do the same.  Born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona, she makes her home in the Seattle area.



    Teri requested review via email on 6/10 @ 10:30 am. Reviewed by tammie @ 5.30pm

    • Saturday, March 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR030720JCJ
    • 12
    Register


    Opening scenes introduce your protagonist, her/his world, their goals, the stakes, and your story's themes. It's no wonder that an opening scene is often the most difficult to write! This workshop will look at a variety of approaches, with examples from classic, literary/commercial fiction, memoir. Writing prompts will be used to help you create depth and tension in your opening scene. Participants are asked to bring and share the first 500 words of a work-in-progress to for feedback. Writing prompts will be used to help you find or create depth and tension in your opening scene.

    Writers will leave the workshop with ideas to put into concrete practice as they approach their opening scene during the revision process, which will determine where their novel actually begins.


    Julie Christine Johnson is the award-winning author of the novels In Another Life (Sourcebooks, 2016) and The Crows of Beara (Ashland Creek Press, 2017). Her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; River Poets Journal, in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and psychology and a master’s in international affairs. Julie leads writing workshops and seminars and offers story/developmental editing and writer coaching services. A hiker, yogi, and wine geek, Julie makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington State.






    • Saturday, March 21, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR032120LD
    • 12
    Register

    Have you always wanted to write poetry, but you have felt too intimidated? Did someone lie to you and tell you poetry must rhyme, or have big words in it, or be packed with complicated metaphors? Davis will go over the basics of a poem and then provide writing prompts so you can walk away with your own first drafts. No one will be required to read their work aloud. Come and experiment!

     Lauren Davis is the author of the chapbook Each Wild Thing's Consent (Poetry Wolf Press). She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and her poetry and essays can be found in publications such as Prarie Schooner, Spillway, Empty Mirror, and Lunch Ticket. Davis teaches at the Writers' Workshoppe in Port Townsend, WA, and she works as an editor at The Tishman Review.

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    • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR032820STB+
    • 12
    Register

    If you’re contemplating or writing a mystery, crime thriller, or other story that involves police characters, this is the course for you.  This team-taught, interactive course will enhance your understanding and portrayal of police culture and inspire you with characters and anecdotes. Sandra Terhune-Bickler and Steven Bickler bring a combined 51 years of experience to they class, so don’t miss it. 

    Instructors:

    Sandra Terhune-Bickler served with the Santa Monica Police Department for 28 years before retiring in September of 2014. Her last assignment with SMPD was Sergeant-In-Charge of the Resource Development Unit – Personnel and Training. Additionally, during her tenure with the SMPD, Dr. Terhune-Bickler was a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team both as a police officer and a sergeant for over 20 years. She was also a Motorcycle Traffic Enforcement Officer for six years. She also implemented and coordinated the SMPD’s Peer Support Program. She has a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Human and Organizational Systems. Dr. Terhune-Bickler frequently teaches law enforcement personnel on topics related to crisis negotiations and tactical communication strategies. Her article, “Too Close for Comfort: Negotiating with Fellow Officers” was published in FBI’s Law Enforcement Journal (2004). She recently presented at the Washington State Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference, and Kitsap County 40-hr law enforcement CIT Course. She resides on Bainbridge Island with her husband, Steve.

     

    Steven Bickler served with the Santa Monica Police Department for 23 years before retiring in September of 2014. He was a Field Training Officer, responsible for the training and evaluation of new officers on police field procedures including tactics, report writing and the law. He was assigned to the 3rd St Bicycle detail responsible for directed patrol of the downtown business district, engaging in community-oriented and neighborhood-centered policing and problem solving. He was Vice Chair of the Santa Monica Police Officer’s Association for approximately six years. He received a Life Saving Chief’s Commendation in 1997 for preventing a woman’s suicide. Additionally, he worked in the Chief’s office on crime analysis data integrity, and compliance with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR). He and his wife, Sandy, now reside on Bainbridge Island, where he engages in “bite-sized” dessert baking, and fine art photography.


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    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR042520WK
    • 11
    Register

    If you love to write and have a story you want to tell, the only thing that can truly stand between you and the success you’re seeking isn’t craft, or a good agent, or enough Facebook friends and Twitter followers, but fear. Fear that you aren’t good enough, or fear the market is too crowded, or fear no one wants to hear from you.

    Fortunately, you can’t write and be afraid simultaneously. The question is whether you will write fearlessly on purpose. In this workshop we’ll look at several techniques you can you use to keep yourself in the creative flow and out of the trouble and misery fear always causes.

    Using William Kenower’s unique, inside-out approach to writing, students will learn: 

    • About the mother of all writing fears.
    • The only two questions writers should ever ask themselves.
    • That writing is listening, not thinking.
    • That you don’t need to wonder if your writing is “any good.”
    • Why writers must pay attention to how they feel.
    • That you have an unerring guidance system.

    You were born fearless. This workshop will help you practice remembering who you’ve always been.


    William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, and a sought-after speaker and teacher. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times and Edible Seattle, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. His video interviews with hundreds of writers from Nora Ephron, to Amy Tan, to William Gibson are widely considered the best of their kind on the Internet. He also hosts the online radio program Author2Author where every week he and a different guest discuss the books we write and the lives we lead.




    • Saturday, May 02, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR050220KL
    • 12
    Register

    Writing for middle grade readers is an incredibly rewarding experience – magic is made when such earnest readers engage with an author’s work. With New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient, Kirby Larson, workshop participants will spend the day exploring the key elements of successful middle grade fiction, through conversation, examples from published work and in-class writing exercises. Come prepared to channel your inner 11-year-old! Substantial doses of humor and chocolate included. 

    Please feel free to bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in.

     Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, and its sequel, Hattie Ever After. In addition to the Dogs of WWII series-- which includes Duke, Dash (Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Prize), Liberty, and Code Word Courage-- she has written The Friendship Doll, The Fences Between Us and Audacity Jones to the Rescue and Audacity Jones Steals the Show (an Edgar award nominee).

    With good friend Mary Nethery, Kirby has written the award-winning Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival (illustrated by Jean Cassels) and the New York Times bestseller, Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle.



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    • Saturday, September 26, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR092620MB
    • 12
    Register

    So you want to write a novel? Or you’ve written 40,000 words of a novel, and suddenly find yourself stuck. Or your stories are interesting but lack a real plot.

    Michele Bacon is here to help. Over the course of two Saturdays, she’ll put you to work on developing a compelling protagonist, raising the stakes, and plotting your manuscript. Come with a full story idea or with only a desire to write a novel. You’ll leave with clear direction and a plot waiting to become a manuscript.

    The two sessions will include brief lectures, hands-on workshops, one-on-one discussion with Michele, and some partner work with other students.

    Please feel free to bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in.

    Instructor

    Michele Bacon is the author of contemporary young adult novels Antipodes and Life Before.  Her work focuses on families, friends, and the complicated relationships therein. When she’s not writing, Michele loves skiing, playing tabletop games, traveling, and dreaming of travel. She’s visited all 50 states and dozens of countries, always eager to hear people’s stories and immerse herself in other cultures. Wherever she goes, Michele enjoys helping writers find their voices and tell their stories. And she loves coming home to Seattle, where she lives with her partner and three young children.



Past events

Saturday, October 19, 2019 It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Jump Start Your Memoir
Saturday, October 12, 2019 See Your Manuscript through an Editor’s Eyes
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Writing to Sell: A Persuasive Approach
Monday, September 02, 2019 Labor Day: BARN is Open Today (Click on link for more info)
Thursday, August 29, 2019 Summer Youth: Jump Starting College Application Essays (ages 13-18)
Friday, August 23, 2019 Summer Youth: Comics and Self Care (13-18)
Friday, August 09, 2019 Tax & Business License Seminar for Fledgling Businesses
Thursday, August 01, 2019 Flash Fiction: A Short-Short Story
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Conflict, Drama, and How to Hook your Reader
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Poetry of Place
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Partners in Crime: Police Practices for Writers
Saturday, July 06, 2019 Rotary Auction - No Classes at BARN from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday, July 04, 2019 4th of July HOLIDAY
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Roundtable: Writing for Audio Drama
Sunday, June 23, 2019 Writing an Artist’s Statement
Saturday, June 22, 2019 You Wrote a Book: Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices
Sunday, June 16, 2019 Fathers Day - Holiday
Thursday, June 13, 2019 Book Group 4 Writers
Thursday, June 06, 2019 Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf Film - Co-hosted by Bloedel and BARN Garden Arts
Saturday, June 01, 2019 Donald Maass' The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Story Structure Goes Hollywood
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 How to Apply for an Artist Grant: A workshop presented by Artist Trust
Monday, May 27, 2019 Memorial Day Holiday
Thursday, May 23, 2019 Salon
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Your Novel: Where to Begin
Saturday, May 04, 2019 How to Build a Digital Presence for Writers
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Writing Extraordinary Poems about the Ordinary
Saturday, April 27, 2019 The Poetic Apothecary: Poems for Healing and Comfort
Thursday, April 25, 2019 Roundtable: Police Practices for Writers
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Write, Read & Respond: Generating Fresh Writing Energy and Confidence
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Walk and Write at Bloedel with Holly Hughes
Sunday, April 14, 2019 Spring Sampler BARN-Wide Event
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Mastering Point-of-view in Fiction
Saturday, March 23, 2019 ​Playwriting Lab (for beginners and seasoned writers)
Saturday, March 16, 2019 The Craft of Setting: An Indispensable Part of Storytelling
Saturday, March 09, 2019 A Step-by-Step Guide to Self Publishing
Saturday, March 09, 2019 Discovering and Developing Character: Do You Know Who I Am?
Saturday, March 02, 2019 The Art of the Personal Essay
Thursday, February 28, 2019 Roundtable--The Memoir
Monday, February 18, 2019 Literary Fiction Critique Group
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Marketing for Indie Writers
Thursday, February 14, 2019 Word Sprint Meet-up (Thursdays)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Canceled>>Word War: Sprint Writing Meet-up (Tuesdays)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 BARN CLOSED
Monday, February 11, 2019 Canceled>> Writers' Critique Group B
Monday, February 11, 2019 Canceled>>Alpha Writing Group
Monday, February 11, 2019 BARN CLOSED Due to Inclement Weather
Friday, February 08, 2019 >>BARN CLOSED at 2:00 PM Friday through Sunday, February 10th Due to Inclement Weather<<
Monday, February 04, 2019 BARN CLOSED today due to weather
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Children's Publishing 101—Writers' Tips and Resources
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Introduction to Creative Writing
Thursday, January 24, 2019 Salon
Saturday, January 12, 2019 Your Life Is a Story: The Art of Memoir, Part II
Sunday, January 06, 2019 Benefit Concert with Maria Newman and Friends
Saturday, January 05, 2019 Creative Nonfiction Writing Group
Saturday, December 08, 2018 The Art and Craft of the Query: Part 2 “Workshop” Your Query
Saturday, December 01, 2018 Your Life Is a Story: The Art of Memoir
Saturday, November 17, 2018 BARN Bazaar
Thursday, November 15, 2018 A BARN Writers' Forum--Let's Talk About Forming Critique Groups
Saturday, November 10, 2018 How Do I Plot Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
Monday, November 05, 2018 NaNoWriMo Night-timers at BARN
Monday, November 05, 2018 NaNoWriMo Day-lighters at BARN
Saturday, November 03, 2018 Young Adult Fiction and Its Conventions
Saturday, October 27, 2018 It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Saturday, October 27, 2018 What's That You Say? Writing Effective Dialog in Fiction
Thursday, October 25, 2018 Roundtable--Travel Writing
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Word War: Sprint Writing Meet-up (Tuesdays)
Saturday, October 13, 2018 The Stakes Must Be Death: Fueling the Emotional Core of Your Story
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Book Group 4 Writers
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio; Event Scheduled by Email
Saturday, October 06, 2018 Forms of Creative Nonfiction
Monday, October 01, 2018 BARN Wide Clean-up! Volunteers Needed!
Thursday, September 27, 2018 Salon
Thursday, September 27, 2018 Word Sprint Meet-up (Thursdays)
Saturday, September 22, 2018 The Art and Craft of the Query: Part 2 “Workshop” Your Query
Saturday, September 15, 2018 Mastering the Verbal Pitch, the Hook, and the Synopsis: Getting the Attention of Publishers and Agents
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, August 25, 2018 Your Life Is a Story: The Art of Memoir
Friday, August 24, 2018 BARN CLOSED. All Classes Canceled. Three Tree Lane is closed to all traffic
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, August 04, 2018 Writing an Artist's Statement
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 A Novel in Four Months
Thursday, July 26, 2018 A BARN Writers' Forum—Focus on Children's Literature
Thursday, July 26, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Plotting the Screenplay
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Roundtable—Screenwriting
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Writing Graphic Novels
Saturday, June 02, 2018 Tools for a Life in Art
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Formatting Your Book
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Salon
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, May 12, 2018 BARNiversary!
Saturday, May 05, 2018 The Art and Craft of the Query: A Nuts & Bolts Workshop
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 Writing Children's Picture Books
Saturday, April 28, 2018 How to Plan, Create, and Set Up a Blog (Set Up-Part II)
Thursday, April 26, 2018 Roundtable—Editing
Friday, April 20, 2018 Walk and Write at Bloedel
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, April 14, 2018 How to Plan, Create, and Set Up a Blog (Plan and Create-Part I)
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Finding Poems Everywhere
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Writers' Studio Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Writers' Critique Group B
Saturday, April 07, 2018 How Narrative Works: An Editor's Toolkit
Monday, April 02, 2018 Jonathan Evison's Book Launch
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Writers' Critique Group B
Thursday, March 22, 2018 A BARN Writers' Forum
Saturday, March 17, 2018 A Step-by-Step Guide to Self Publishing
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, March 03, 2018 Discovering and Developing Character: Do You Know Who I Am?
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Writers' Critique Group B
Monday, February 26, 2018 Alpha Writing Group
Friday, February 23, 2018 special meeting
Friday, February 23, 2018 BW's Writers Group
Thursday, February 22, 2018 Roundtable--How to Run an Effective Book Group
Saturday, February 17, 2018 CANCELLED: The Lyric Essay: Where Poetry and Prose Meet
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Board Development Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, February 10, 2018 All You Need Is Love...
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Set Up for All You Need Is Love...Event
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 Speculative Fiction: Workshop and Craft
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 All You Need Is Love Planning Meeting
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Researching Historical Fiction
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Salon
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Fearless Writing and the Publishing World
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Sensory Food Writing
Monday, December 18, 2017 Time2Write
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Monday, December 11, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, December 09, 2017 Build an Author Marketing Plan That Attracts Readers, Sells Books, and Won't Make You Miserable
Monday, December 04, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, December 02, 2017 Choosing a Point of View
Monday, November 27, 2017 Time2Write
Monday, November 20, 2017 Time2Write
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Salon--In Lieu of Roundtable
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Teen Story Slam
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Special Steering Committee Meeting
Monday, November 13, 2017 Time2Write
Friday, November 10, 2017 The BARN Writers' Studio NaNoWriMo Write-in-3
Friday, November 10, 2017 The BARN Writers' Studio NaNoWriMo Write-in-2
Friday, November 10, 2017 The BARN Writers' Studio NaNoWriMo Write-in-1
Monday, November 06, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, November 04, 2017 A Step-by-Step Guide to Self Publishing
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Monday, October 30, 2017 Time2Write
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Roundtable Discussion--Writing a Blog
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Teen Story Slam
Monday, October 23, 2017 Time2Write
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Writing the Middle Grade Novel
Monday, October 16, 2017 Time2Write
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Jewelry Open Studio For Beading
Monday, October 09, 2017 Time2Write
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Self-editing Your Manuscript: Or as Faulkner Said, "Kill All Your Darlings" WR1017AA
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Monday, October 02, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Fiction Writing with Robert Dugoni WR0917RD
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Roundtable Discussion--A BARN Writers' Colloquy WR1117TS
Monday, September 25, 2017 Time2Write
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Fermentation on Wheels KI0917Kk
Monday, September 18, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, September 16, 2017 How to Craft a Novel Beginning WR0917JJ
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Monday, September 11, 2017 Time2Write
Friday, September 08, 2017 Into the Fields: Sketching and Observing Outdoors
Monday, September 04, 2017 Time2Write
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Getting to the Heart of Your Story WR0817MS
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Teacher, Monitor and Mentor Youth Protection Training
Monday, August 28, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, August 28, 2017 Time2Write
Monday, August 21, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, August 21, 2017 Time2Write
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 What's Not There Is What I See: Observation and the Imagination in Poetry WR0817CD
Monday, August 14, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, August 14, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Shaping Your Memoir WR0817AQ
Thursday, August 10, 2017 GR's Writing Group
Monday, August 07, 2017 Teacher, Monitor and Mentor Youth Protection Training
Monday, August 07, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, August 07, 2017 Teacher, Monitor and Mentor Youth Protection Training
Monday, August 07, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, August 05, 2017 Teacher, Monitor and Mentor Youth Protection Training
Monday, July 31, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, July 31, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, July 29, 2017 The Written Image: Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts WR0717SP
Thursday, July 27, 2017 Salon--In Lieu of Roundtable WR0717MS
Monday, July 24, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, July 24, 2017 Training for Teachers, Mentors and Monitors
Monday, July 24, 2017 Time2Write
Friday, July 21, 2017 Finale to Teen Writers' Summer Camp
Monday, July 17, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, July 17, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Writing and Pitching to Market: How to Be a Contender with Publishing House Editors WR1517MN
Thursday, July 13, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Monday, July 10, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, July 10, 2017 Time2Write
Monday, July 03, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, July 03, 2017 Time2Write
Thursday, June 29, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
Monday, June 26, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, June 26, 2017 Time2Write
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Writers' June Roundtable Discussion: Nature Writing with Leigh Calvez WR0617LC
Monday, June 19, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, June 19, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Understanding Publishing Choices: An Unbiased Look for Modern Writers WR0617BJ
Monday, June 12, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, June 12, 2017 Time2Write
Thursday, June 08, 2017 Basic First Aid
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Production Series: The Short Story WR0617WR
Monday, June 05, 2017 Writers' Open Studio
Monday, June 05, 2017 Time2Write
Saturday, June 03, 2017 BARN Grand Opening!
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Writers' May Roundtable Discussion: Perfecting Your Pitch
Saturday, May 20, 2017 Crime Squad WR2017CS
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Writers' Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Teen Story Slam
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 BARN In Transition!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Creating Order from Chaos: Authoring Software WR0317SB
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Writers' Roundtable Discussion - February
Saturday, January 28, 2017 Wake up Your Prose with Poetry WR0117HH
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Sunday, January 08, 2017 Literary Salon: Authors' Reading
Thursday, November 17, 2016 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Monday, November 07, 2016 NaNoWriMo Write-In at Poulsbo Library
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Teen Story Slam
Saturday, October 29, 2016 Writers Coffee Reception at BARN Site
Thursday, October 27, 2016 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Alicia Bailey/Abecedarian Gallery Artist Book Trunk Show
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Crash Course in the Memoir WR1016CD
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Writing Essentials: Scene WR0916CW
Thursday, July 28, 2016 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Saturday, July 09, 2016 Meet Your New Writing Group
Monday, June 27, 2016 Teen Writing Camp at BPL
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 Book Promotion for Authors Who’d Rather Do Almost Anything Else WR0616LM
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Story Slam! "Parenting 101"
Saturday, April 30, 2016 The Gifts of the Artist's Way
Thursday, April 28, 2016 Writers' Roundtable Discussion
Saturday, April 23, 2016 Poetry Class with Lawrence Matsuda
Saturday, April 16, 2016 Make Your Mark: A BARNraising Event
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Jacquelyn Mitchard
Saturday, March 26, 2016 Coptic Bound Sketchbook/Journal BO0316MJL
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Monthly Writers' Gathering
Saturday, January 23, 2016 Your Book Is Done. Now What? WR0216TS+
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 Monthly Writers' Gathering: Mastering the Craft
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Live Through This: Historical Fiction Writing Class with Kathleen Alcala (Session 1 of 6)
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Write Here Write Now: Hands-on Writing Conference
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 "First Responders" for Writers
Monday, July 27, 2015 Writers' Gathering: Sensational Sentences
Monday, June 29, 2015 Writers' Meeting: Summer Writing and Reading
Thursday, June 11, 2015 WriteItNow (Writing Software) Workshop
Sunday, June 07, 2015 Tour the site of BARN's future home 1-3
Monday, May 18, 2015 Writers' Meeting: Let's Talk About Writing Contests
Monday, April 27, 2015 Writers: Alpha Group Members
Monday, April 13, 2015 Writers: Alpha Group Members
Thursday, March 26, 2015 Teaching at Barn
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 BARN Teacher's Training II
Monday, February 23, 2015 Writers' Group Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Writers: Introductory Session of "First Responders"
Monday, January 26, 2015 Writers' Group Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 The Art of Interviewing with Annie Osburn (2 sessions)
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Teaching at Barn
Monday, November 03, 2014 Get Started Writing Class: Follow-up
Monday, September 22, 2014 Get Started Writing with Cathy Warner
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