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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, January 10, 2019
    • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code--WR061319JH+
    • 11
    Register

    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 Jenn Hager at jhager.editor@gmail.com  Members and non-members welcome! Be sure to register.

    This group is free to members and for non-members only $30 for six months, ending in June. 

    • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    • Tuesday, June 18, 2019
    • 11 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR061819RV+
    • 6
    Register

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


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    • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR032819AR+
    • 7
    Register

    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. 

    This group is free for members and only $25 for non-members from January through March.

    Organizer: Genevieve Douglass Persen is a composer and writer.




    • Monday, February 18, 2019
    • Monday, June 17, 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, Island, WA--Class Code WR010719AR
    • 5
    Register

    This is a critique group whose membership is by invitation only. Nonmembers' fee for six months will be $30. Members are free. Please contact Amelia Ramsey.

    • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR021919AR+
    • 6
    Register

    Word War is a weekly sprint writing meet-up, where participants will be timed for four twenty-five minute intervals, writing as many words as they can for as long as the timer is running, with short breaks in between. Word counts will be recorded, and we'll turn dedicated, focused time and light-hearted competition into two of the most productive hours of our week! 

    There will be no sharing or critique, only fast-paced, supportive-but-competitive 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. 

    This group is free for members and only $25 for non-members from January through March.

    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 BARN member who is interested in joining, contact Amelia at amelia@whereikeep.info




    • Monday, February 25, 2019
    • Monday, December 23, 2019
    • 21 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, February 25, 2019
    • Monday, December 23, 2019
    • 21 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR
    • 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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    • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR032319K
    • 7
    Register

    New to playwriting or want to inject some energy into your ongoing writing practice? The Playwriting Lab is an opportunity to add more tools to your writing toolbox. We'll explore and experiment with the core fundamentals of playwriting and start developing scenes right away. Through a series of timed exercises and group games, we will create characters, write dialogue, and share our work out loud in a fast-paced, inclusive, safe, and fun environment. 



    Kristina Sutherland is a playwright, teaching artist, director, and actor based in Seattle. Kristina has over 15 years of professional teaching experience in the Puget Sound region and enjoys leading playwriting and collaborative play creation classes for students of all ages. Kristina created and led playwriting courses for adult learners at ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theater, and Macha Monkey Productions, She has taught hundreds of beginning to advanced playwriting students since 2004.

    Kristina is also the author of several critically acclaimed plays including With DignityThebes and Franklin and Figaro. Her play Nancy, Frank, and Joe, co-written with Desiree Prewitt, was nominated for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award in 2010. Kristina’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, and across Canada in numerous fringe theatre festivals. Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University and her Master in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.


    • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR041119
    • 42
    Register

    Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves.

    This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

    Details:

    • BARN Garden Arts and the Bloedel Reserve are co-hosting this inspirational film. We hope you can join us!
    • This is a free event for the community but please register so we know how many people to set up for.


    • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR041319AC
    • 10
    Register

    Point-of-view can be defined as the narrative perspective from which a work is written. The types include first person, second person and third person. 

    As a writer, you'll use different perspectives depending on what type of work you are writing, as well as on what you're trying to do with it. In this class, we'll define each type of point-of-view, look at examples, and explore how each is useful and how each has drawbacks. 

    We’ll also be practicing using various points-of-view. So, bring a current work-in-progress with you to class, if you have one. If not, then that’s fine!

    InstructorAnne Clermont is the author of Learning to Fall, a novel which was a 2016 Foreword Indies Finalist in general fiction and received praise from Robert Goolrick, Ellen Sussman, Sonja Yoerg, Tracy Guzemen, and others. It was featured in Coastal Living, Redbook, Popsugar, Buzz Feed, SheKnows, Inside Chic, Brit+Co and more. Her work experience ranges from animal behavior to animal nutrition to cancer research, which has been published in a number of peer-reviewed scientific journals – including Nature Biotechnology. She currently divides her time between writing and working as an editor and website designer for her company, Bookish Media. You can learn more about her at www.anneclermont.com or www.bookish.media.


    • Sunday, April 14, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE Bainbridge Island, WA

    Be a Maker for a Day!

    Enjoy an afternoon of creative hands-on activities in BARN's 11 artisan studios. Make block prints in Printmaking, create Orizomegami paper in Book Arts, bake hand pies in the Kitchen, decorate a hand-turned wooden top in Woodworking. Create copper angels in the jewelry studio, watch computer controlled machines shape metal in the Metal Fabrication Studio, and see 3D printers in action. It's free, and open to all ages.

    For more information contact: info@BainbridgeBARN.org

    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • OFF SITE - Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, Class Code: WR0419HH
    • 13
    Register

    Celebrate Poetry Month at the Bloedel Reserve, walking and writing with classic and contemporary poets as your companions. Following in the footsteps of the Japanese haiku poets, we’ll pick up our pens, open our senses, and walk mindfully, reading the poems posted for inspiration as we write along the way.

    We’ll conclude our poetry walk at the Japanese Tea House, where we’ll eat lunch, share our words and contribute lines for a collaborative Japanese renga, or linked verse. Poets and prose writers welcome!

    Please wear walking shoes and dress for rain or shine. 

    Meet at 11 am at the entry gate for Bloedel Reserve (7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110)

    Class cost includes admission to Bloedel Reserve.

    Instructor: Holly J. Hughes is the author of Passings (Wandering Aengus Press, 2019) and Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014), coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), and editor of the award-winning anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009). Her fine art letterpress chapbook Passings (Expedition Press, 2016) received an American Book Award in 2017. Hughes is a recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship and residencies at Hedgebrook, Centrum, Artsmith, and Playa. She taught writing for more than 25 years at the college level and currently serves on the staff of the low- residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, teaches writing and mindfulness workshops, and consults as a writing coach. http://hollyjhughes.com/ 
    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    • Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR042419JG
    • 7
    Register

    Whether you've never written, written much, are a published writer or somewhere in between, no matter what you might be thinking about or actually be writing (any genre), whether you're writing for yourself, your family or with plans to publish, this six week series will generate new writing, new energy, be fun, and may even surprise you. 

    It's an opportunity to learn more about your strengths as a writer and to learn craft elements. As an Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Affiliate, using the practices outlined in Pat Schneider's book Writing Alone and With Others, Julie Gardner creates a safe space for people to express and take risks with their writing. Usually two to three prompts are suggested (optional) followed by a time for reading and responses (optional). Since each writing is a first draft, like "a new baby" says Pat Schneider, responses can only start with: what I liked, what was strong, what stays with me. No criticisms or suggestions are allowed. Come try it and see your writing and confidence expand.

    Instructor Bio:

    Julie Gardner has masters degrees in counseling and human development & the family and a bachelors in early childhood education. She is well published in those fields and has been a national adult educator of early childhood professionals. After a move to Seattle 11 years ago, she took many classes at Richard Hugo House, received a literary fiction certificate from University of Washington and became an AWA Affiliate. For nearly nine years she has led retreats and weekly WritersGathering groups in Seattle including one at Mary's Place, a day shelter for women experiencing homelessness which resulted in an anthology edited by Julie. Four years ago she became a nationally certified Life-Legacies facilitator and has led individuals and groups in legacy/ethical will writing.



    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR042519STB+
    • 5
    Register

    You’ll get an overview of general aspects of law enforcement and it’s a great opportunity to ask questions that will shape an upcoming class on police practices for writers. 

    If you’re contemplating or writing a mystery, crime thriller, or other stories that involve a police presence, this is an excellent way to begin.  Sandra Terhune-Bickler and Steven Bickler bring a combined 51 years of police experience to this Roundtable so don’t miss it!

    Bios:

    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.



    • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • BARN Great Room, Class Code: WR042719JA
    • 100
    Register

    Just as a cup of tea can settle and soothe us, the right poem at the right time can be a powerful sustaining remedy.

    Poet and performer Judith Adams explores poetry’s restorative powers by reciting and exploring poems that help us understand grief, fear, sadness, loss, and much more.  By sharing her love of poetry, Adams encourages audiences to share poems that have deeply touched their lives and discusses how writing poetry can be a potent medicine for us all.

    Judith Adams is an English-born poet who has lived in the United States since 1976.  Adams has published four books of poetry, conducted poetry workshops, recorded several albums of her work, and published her poems in magazines and anthologies.  Adams has held reading at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Frye Art Museum, and Third Place Books.  Adams lives on Whidbey Island.


    About Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau: Speakers Bureau is one Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of 31 cultural experts and scholars provides low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation. These diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including popular culture, photography, architecture, literature, food, film and history. Best of all – these presentations are free and open to the public. For more about Speakers Bureau, visit www.humanities.org/programs/speakers.

    • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR042819LD
    • 10
    Register

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Neruda wrote odes to socks and artichokes. William Carlos Williams penned the infamous “The Red Wheelbarrow,” regarding not much more than a wheelbarrow and some chickens. Can we make our everyday lives into poems that surprise and delight? Can we celebrate the ordinary, allowing the small particulars we encounter infiltrate our poems? In this workshop, we will explore poets who have done just this. We will use their works as prompts to create our own songs of praise for the mundane details of our lives.

    Details:
    This is a beginner level class.

    Instructor: 
    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 Prairie SchoonerSpillwayEmpty 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, May 04, 2019
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR050419AG
    • 10
    Register

    The publishing world has changed dramatically with the eruption of the digital economy and social media networks. In today’s world, publishers and agents demand not only high-quality content but a digital presence for authors in order to publish their creation.

    In this two-session Saturday class, Antonio Garcia will introduce the basic concepts of digital marketing and social media marketing to build an online presence for writers. The classes will cover the differences between a website and a blog, basic concepts of SEO (search engine optimization), social media strategy and content marketing. 

    Bring your laptop, smartphone and notepad and start or continue growing your digital presence to get website traffic, followers and likes and to increase your chances of grabbing the attention of publishers and agents.

    InstructorAntonio Garcia is a brand strategist and art director who started his career in advertising and marketing 15 years ago in Madrid (Spain). Since then he has worked in London (United Kingdom), Portland and now the Greater Seattle Area. He has worked for advertising agencies, start-ups, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and as a freelance consultant.


    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR051819JH
    • 12
    Register

    Starting your first novel is an act of courage, and starting your sixth isn’t much easier. Jennifer Haigh is the author five novels, each of which nearly killed her.  She is also the author of three unfinished and unfinishable manuscripts that will never see the light of day. In this session she’ll discuss what worked and what didn’t. Topics will include:

    • How to set up your writing life
    • How to tell the difference between a novel and a short story
    • The most important choice a novelist makes
    • Plot vs. causality
    • Reading while you write
    • The mistake everyone makes
    • When to give up, and how to survive it
    • Why the second novel is hardest
    • What to do on days when nothing comes

    The class will offer a mix of craft lecture and in-class writing. Bring an idea for a novel, a laptop or notebook and all your questions about novel-craft. Whether you have a brand-new idea for a novel or have been working on one for years, you can expect to leave with concrete strategies to move your project forward. 

    Instructor bio:

    Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent book, the novel HEAT AND LIGHT, won a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NPR. Her previous books include FAITH, THE CONDITION, BAKER TOWERS and MRS. KIMBLE, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction, and the short story collection NEWS FROM HEAVEN, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction. Her short stories have been published in Granta, Electric Literature, The Best American Short Stories and many other places. A native of western Pennsylvania and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.


    • Thursday, May 23, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR052319MS
    • 11
    Register

    "BARN  Gathering” --Authors’ Reading--In Lieu of Roundtable

    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. 



    • Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • BARN Great Room, 8890 Three Tree Lane
    • 70
    Register

    Are you feeling daunted by the process of writing and applying for grants? If so, Artist Trust is coming to Bainbridge to answer your questions!

    This seminar, led by Artist Trust Program Manager, Lydia Boss, provides an overview of applying for artist grants.  You’ll learn about funding opportunities available for you and your projects, how the grantmaking process works, and tips to make your next application stand out.

    Takeaways from this workshop include:

    • Understanding the components of a strong grant application
    • How the application and selection process works from start to finish
    • Funding opportunities available for your work
    • Resources for additional support
    • Reference guides with sample applications
    This workshop is offered free of charge to all attendees, presented by Artist Trust, and co-hosted by BARN and Kitsap Regional Library.

    Please register to let us know how many attendees to expect. Thank you!



    • Saturday, June 01, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN GREAT ROOM, Class Code: WR060119DM
    • 58
    Register

    The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft.  Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.  

    While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: if you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you.

    That's where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. In his book, veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include:

    • emotional modes of writing
    • beyond showing versus telling
    • your story's emotional world
    • moral stakes
    • connecting the inner and outer journeys
    • plot as emotional opportunities
    • invoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional language
    • cascading change
    • story as emotional mirror
    • positive spirit and magnanimous writing
    • the hidden current that makes stories move

    This is an intensive, hands-on workshop for fiction writers.  Participants should bring a WIP and writing materials.

    Presenter bio: A literary agent in New York, Donald Maass’s agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas.  He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook(2004) and The Fire in Fiction (2009), Writing 21stCentury Fiction (2012) and The Emotional Craft of Fiction (2016).  He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.

    • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR062219BJ
    • 11
    Register

    This workshop takes an unbiased and unvarnished look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self publishing (with or without the support of service companies) to “hybrid” and other emerging models. Taught by a publishing professional who works on and appreciates both sides of the fence, this class gets past the hype and examines pros and cons of each choice, realistic costs and income potential, as well as scams and pitfalls to avoid. Most importantly, it helps writers seeking publication understand their own goals, strengths, and how to make a decision that's best for them.

    Attendees will…

    1. Be able to identify the broad range of choices available for publishing: big presses, small presses, independent self publishing, subsidy and “author assisted” presses, and emerging models. 
    2. Gain a realistic impression of the costs, timing, and logistics involved in producing a book. 
    3. Have clear guidelines (a checklist of questions) to help them consider the best options for their specific situation.

    Instructor: 
    Beth Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors, with almost twenty years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between manuscript and final book. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s the author of the award-winning The Author's Guide to Marketing and has ghostwritten or collaborated on half a dozen additional titles. Beth is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, a regular speaker for Seattle Public Library’s #SeattleWrites workshops, and has taught at writers’ conferences across the country. Visit her online at www.bethjusino.com or on Twitter @bethjusino. 



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    • Saturday, July 13, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR071319STB+
    • 11
    Register

    This team-taught, interactive course offers a comprehensive introduction to general aspects of law enforcement for writers to enhance their understanding and portrayal of police practices in their writing


    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.



    • Thursday, August 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR050119JB
    • 6
    Register

    Have you wanted to write a story but felt overwhelmed by the magnum opus of a novel? Have you tried writing a short story but 20+ pages still felt untenable? This class is for you! A short-short story (flash fiction) has two requirements, says author Fred Chappell: “that it be quite short and that it be troubling.” In this generative class, we’ll review the elements of craft employed by fiction writers (with a nod to the craft of poetry) and we’ll read and discuss examples of flash fiction from anthologies such as Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction. We’ll compose our own flash stories by responding to some in-class writing exercises, which are designed to help you write succinctly while suspending disbelief.


    Janee J. Baugher is the author of Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach), and she holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her creative writing has been published in over 100 literary journals, including Tin House, The Southern Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and PoetryBoulevardNano Fiction, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Since 1999 Baugher has taught creative writing in primary and secondary schools, at arts camps and libraries, and at colleges and universities. Additionally, she’s held editorial positions at several journals, including Willow SpringsSwitched-on Gutenberg, and StringTown, and she’s currently a poetry reader for Boulevardhttp://JaneeJBaugher.wordpress.com







    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code: WR091819KA
    • 12
    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.

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR
    • 12
    Register

    Nike’s “Just Do It” tagline was part of a 10-year campaign that increased the company’s share of the North American sport-shoe business by 35%. The takeaway? Good copy is a powerful thing.

    This class will walk you through the basics of persuasive writing for advertising and marketing, applicable to any medium (print, digital, social, etc.). Learn whether copywriting should be transactional, transformational — or both. Do a quick writing exercise and get a chance to workshop your writing with the group.

    Perfect for: authors and writers looking to self-promote or broaden skill sets, small business owners or entrepreneurs, and budding writers interested in copywriting as a way to generate income.

     

    Emily McCaffrey is a copywriter with Actualize Marketing and the owner of Your Almost Favorite. She specializes in B2B and technology industries, with clients such as Insight, Datalink, and Comcast Technology Solutions, as well as growing businesses and startups. Emily has an MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University and a BA in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. She currently resides on Bainbridge Island with her fiancé and feisty pit bull.


    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR101919EB
    • 12
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    For those who have always wanted to write a memoir, but just haven't gotten pen to paper (or need a little motivation to keep going).  A 2-day workshop that offers multiple short lessons and writing prompts to help you delve into issues such as finding your subject, voice, and perspective; creating dynamic characters and scenes; shaping a story; and crafting language. 


    “That weekend is used as a starting point, a pin in my personal map, as I’ve made my journey toward creativity.  Plus, it was a whole lot of fun!” — comment from a student.


    Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients and The Scent Keeper, as well as the upcoming memoir, House Lessons.  She has a PhD in literature from the U.W. and has taught there and Antioch University, as well as in workshops at Hedgebrook, Write on the Sound, and the Chuckanut Writers Conference, among others.  She currently lives in Port Townsend.



    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Writers' Room, BARN, WR103019WR
    • 12
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    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.


    • Saturday, November 02, 2019
    • Saturday, November 16, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR110219MB
    • 12
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    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.



    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR112119MS
    • 12
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    "BARN  Gathering” --Authors’ Reading--In Lieu of Roundtable

    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. 



    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Wide - All Studios and All Floors

    BARN Bazaar begins for public at 10 am to 3:00 pm 

    More information to be posted in October.

Past events

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
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Marketing for Indie Writers
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