Writers' upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR0426TS
    • 5
    Register

    Editing is rarely an author’s favorite part of the path to a finished manuscript. It hurts. You have to kill your darlings and admit to having tried occasionally to get away with a less than perfectly phrased sentence. At our April 26 Roundtable, Genevieve Olivarez-Conklin, Anne Clermont, and Martha Cunningham, all professional editors, will talk about what to expect from the different types of editing, how to get help, and what to do with it when you get it.

    Instructor bios:

    Genevieve Olivarez-Conklin is a freelance editor focusing on developmental editing and copyediting. As a graduate of the University of Washington Editing Certificate Program and having completed the Author-Editor Clinic course on developmental editing, she has concentrated on editing mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, and romance. She has also completed the Popular Fiction and Literary Fiction writing programs at the University of Washington. In her day job, she reviews proposals and contracts for content and edits accordingly.

    Anne Clermont pursued her first writing via The Writing Salon in San Francisco and continued under the mentorship of best-selling authors like Ellen Sussman and Maria Semple. She has participated in conferences in California, Maui, and the Bahamas and continues her education via books on writing, classes, and group critiques. Anne now devotes her time to writing, working as a development editor, and as a website designer for her company, Bookish Media.

    Martha Cunningham is an editor with experience in marketing, legal services, educational materials, and publishing. From newsletters to novels, she has edited for real estate, legal, narratives, instructional manuals, advertising, and academic writings. In an Assistant Editor Internship with Mountaineer Books, she did copyediting for various publications, reviewed submissions and corresponded with authors.  She has an Editing Certificate from University of Washington and attended an Author-Editor Clinic with Barbara Sjoholm where she learned to work with authors, write editorial correspondence, and do developmental editing.

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, WR0418RT-2
    • 3
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    Part II of these how-to classes on writing blogs will be a hands-on demonstration WordPress session that will help you set up your own free blog at wordpress.com.

    Please bring a laptop if you’d like to follow along with the instructor to launch your own blog and practice publishing in WordPress. This session will cover:
    • Where and how to find themes (templates)
    • How to create and publish a post
    • Other WordPress features, such as the difference between a page and a post, plug-ins and widgets and more

      NOTE:  Instructions will be provided for creating a WordPress account in the first session. If you did not attend Part I and you have questions about how to create an account, email Teri Smith at: Writers.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org.


      Instructor: 

      Rodika Tollefson is a writer, editor and multimedia producer with more than 17 years of experience in journalism and communications. She is an internationally published writer, contributing writer and editor to local publications as well as managing editor of WestSound Home & Garden’s blog. Rodika has written bylined, nonbylined and ghostwritten articles for commercial blogs for Kitsap Peninsula businesses and nonprofits as well as national and international companies (including American Express OPEN Forum, GoToMeeting and Join.Me, Hertz and more than a dozen cybersecurity companies). She’s dabbled with a few personal blogs, and her current work also includes providing editorial direction and article ideation for commercial blogs.

      Rodika has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications (cum laude) from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in digital media from the University of Washington. She has won various awards for her journalism and video work.

      • Saturday, May 05, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code--WR0518JJ
      • 6
      Register

      You spent months, perhaps years, writing, revising, editing and polishing your novel or memoir. Your goal is to see it in bookstores and in the hands of readers. If you choose to pursue the traditional publishing road, this means having that manuscript accepted by a literary agent, or the editor of a small press. Your calling card is your query letter. You have one page—four or five paragraphs, four-hundred words—to sell your book, convey your voice, state your credentials, and make the case why, out of the hundreds of queries an agent receives each year, your story is one of the few she should represent.

      This workshop will examine each element of a stand-alone query letter, with particular emphasis on crafting your book’s “hook." We’ll also discuss how to find agents to query, and how the query and pitch processes works, but most of our time will be spent crafting your query letter. Even if your book is in the earliest stages—a first draft, an outline or collection of research notes—working on a query letter is an excellent way to articulate what you are writing about, who your readers are, and what sets your story apart from the rest.

      Participants will have time to work separately on each section of their query letter in class and have the opportunity to receive feedback if they choose to share portions of their query with the group. The bulk of workshop time will be spent on the “meat” of the query: the hook. The goal is for each participant to leave with a working query that they can hone and polish as they plan their submission process.

      *This workshop will focus on works of fiction and memoir; narrative nonfiction queries are usually accompanied by substantive proposals, which are animals of a different sort. But non-fiction writers are encouraged to participate; the basic principles and sources of information hold true for any one-page query letter, which all writers will be expected to present.

      Instructor: 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, May 12, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • BARN-wide event

      Celebrate the first anniversary of BARN's new facility! Join us for a day of craft and inspiration. Hands-on activities and demonstrations in all eleven craft studios. Jewelry will be for sale in the jewelry studio.  Enjoy food and fun for all ages.

      This is a free event, no registration required. Parking is available onsite, or in the First Baptist Church parking lot on North Madison.

      Here are a few of the activities scheduled:

      In Electronic and Technical Arts:

      • See 3d printers and a laser cutter in action
      • Play with MaKey MaKey kits 
      • See a Raspberry Pi cluster

      In Woodworking:

      • Demonstrations of Lathe Woodturning and Carving
      • Displays of projects created in the BARN Woodshop

      In Kitchen Arts:

      • Decorate cupcakes - or just eat them! Popcorn and drinks too!

      In Jewelry Arts:

      • Broom Straw Casting (weather depending).

      In Metal Arts:

      • Plasma cutting demonstrations. 
      In the Writers' Studio
      • Word games plus name your favorite author and book




      • Thursday, May 24, 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR0524MS
      • 6
      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. 

      • Saturday, May 26, 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR0518HJ
      • 10
      Register

      If you are interested in publishing a simple book (fiction, memoir, art, or otherwise) without hiring a publisher or someone for formatting, this is the beginners’ class for you.

      Award winning author H. M. (Hannah) Jones has self- and indie-published over 13 books, both with and without graphics, over the last five years through her imprints HMJ Books and Madame Geek Publications.   She has made a study of basic formatting in order to bring professional, clean books to her readers for little to no monetary formatting costs to herself. 

      H.M. will discuss paperback formatting tips in Word and how to utilize some of the basic features of Word to make sure ebook software displays your words and pictures correctly. She will also share with you some free to cheap, easy to use photo editing tools that come in handy when creating books with graphics. She has gone through the frustrating experience of having a non-transferable file with strange spacing and badly placed photography. She can share with you what parts of a book ebook software finds difficult to translate and help you learn to navigate or avoid those pitfalls.

      If you are interested in utilizing the ebook aspect of publishing, you will leave the class with a solid understanding of how to format a readable PDF for a professional paperback book. 

      Instructor:  H.M. Jones is the author of the award-winning dark fantasy, Monochrome, and its prequel, Fade to Blue. Her work is strewn across various short story anthologies, websites and poetry anthologies. She began her publishing journey in 2011, by self-publishing Monochrome, learning to format books and engage readers through intense study. She was successful enough in her pursuit that she engaged a publisher, who picked Monochrome up in 2015. She has since self-published several short novellas, two of which are graphic novellas. She owns her own indie-publishing house, Madame Geek Publications, and spends much of her "spare" time giving talks at conventions, when she is not teaching college English, Computers, mothering her children or writing books. Her website is www.hmjones.net, and she can be found tweeting around the twittersphere @HMJoneswrites. 

      • Saturday, June 02, 2018
      • Saturday, June 16, 2018
      • 3 sessions
      • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code-WR0618PL
      • 9
      Register

      It is remarkable how certain habits of life and work are common to world-class creators of the past and present—from painter to writer to composer  to photographer. Priscilla Long, poet, master teacher, and  author of the book Minding the Muse will lead this three- Saturday class in which we review these habits and  strategies and do writing exercises and a few assignments  to explore ways of bringing more of them into our own  creative process, whether we are just starting out or an  experienced artist or writer.     

      Rollo May said, "What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?" This three-Saturday course intends to nurture that fountainhead of human experience and to provide tools to help anyone's creativity flourish. Bring a notebook to write in and the required text: Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators.

      Instructor: Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, fiction, and history, and is a long-time independent teacher of writing. Her work appears widely and her five books are: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press), Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press), and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). Her how-to-write guide is The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life . She is also author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry. Her awards include a National Magazine Award. Her science column, Science Frictions, ran for 92 weeks in The American Scholar. She earned an MFA from the University of Washington and serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

      • Saturday, June 23, 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code-WR0618SP
      • 11
      Register

      Across cultures and literary history, the literary arts have had a longstanding connection to visual culture. In this class, we’ll look at various examples of the ways in which literary and visual artists have approached bringing text and image together – we’ll look at ekphrastic poetry, visual artists using text, and literary authors using image and visual forms to innovate their work.  We’ll focus primarily on creative strategies to generate your own ideas for writing and try out a variety of writing exercises. 

      Bring a laptop or notebook to take notes and use for exercises. We’ll meet for one, three-hour session and explore a range of exercises and creative strategies. This class is for beginning and intermediate writers. 

      Instructor: Shin Yu Pai holds a Masters of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and writes poetry and personal essays, in addition to making work as a visual artist.  From 2015-2017, she served as the fourth Poet Laureate for the City of Redmond. Her work has been awarded grants from the Awesome Foundation, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. Her latest book Same Cloth will be published by Entre Rios Books in Fall 2018. She lives with her husband and 4-year-old son in Seattle, where she serves as Deputy Head of the Obscura Society for Atlas Obscura and curates programs that inspire curiosity and wonder for the Seattle Obscura Society. 

      • Thursday, June 28, 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR0628TS
      • 14
      Register

      Before there is a great movie or TV series, there has to be a great screenwriter. If you’ve thought about writing or have already written a script, you’ll enjoy hearing what our screenwriters have to say about their experiences. 

      Julie Bliss Umbreit is a screenwriter, but her career has been fueled by a wide variety of related jobs:  journalist, photo-journalist, editor, magazine writer, public relations, corporate trainer, producer and multi-media business owner. 

      She has written ten screenplays.  Three of them – a comedy, family film and true story -- have won first-place awards from film festivals, such as Sundance, Austin, San Diego, Nashville, Moondance, Kids First!, Washington State, and Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. Two scripts have been optioned by L.A. producers.

      A believer in keeping skills up-to-date, she currently is enrolled in an online ScreenwritingU Master Screenwriting Course. She also has taken classes in comedy, dialogue, Mini-Movie Method, creating characters for movie stars, the Chinese film market and more. She has a Screenwriting Certificate from the University of Washington. Professional organizations she belongs to are Northwest Screenwriters Guild and Women in Film/Seattle.

      Hope McPherson is an award-winning and optioned screenwriter, but, in the scheme of things, a rank beginner when it comes to scriptwriting. She has also been an editor and a feature writer for more than 20 years and has interviewed a variety of people, including physicians, theologians, cartoonists, academics, and a Hollywood wrangler. She lives in Port Orchard on a small farm with a contemplative llama, three partying goats, and two softhearted mini donkeys.

      • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
      • Wednesday, July 25, 2018
      • 2 sessions
      • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code-WR0718PS
      • 12
      Register

      Teens! Teens! Teens!

      Two days. One Essay. No Sweat.  

      Think it can’t be done? I disagree. I know college essays can be intimidating, but once you drill down past what a college essay isn’t and understand what it is, the rest is easy.  I’ll show you how to go from blank page to finished draft in less than a week.  You’ll discover powerful tools to help you brainstorm, craft, analyze, and edit your essay. Together, we’ll find a meaningful topic and story structure to help you stand out from the pack. You’ll have time to write, edit, and polish to ensure admission has the chance to see the best in you.

      Get real.  Get messy.  Get it done.

      Instructor: Pam Shor is Executive Director and Essay-Mentor-In-Chief - College Advisory Service.

      I love colleges and I love working with students. I've mentored students who've gone on to Ivy League Universities and students who've discovered their voice at less well-known, but still awesome, institutions. Helping each student find just the right fit and guiding them through the application process is at the heart of what I do. While essays can be particularly challenging, years of experience have taught me that every student has an inspiring story to tell. One of the great joys of my job is helping students discover those stories and present them well. 

      Prior to working with inspired and amazing college-bound students, I developed educational, multimedia software for Microsoft, including the award-winning Dinosaurs. Go ahead, ask me about T-Rex or the dreaded Velociraptor. I can go head to head with (almost) any 8-year-old. I also produced programming for KING-TV. My projects included documentaries, children’s programming, and an occasional stint with Almost Live! Early in my career, I worked with gifted students through the School of Education at the University of Virginia. I graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Science degree and I would go back in a heartbeat. I received my Educational Consulting Certificate from the University of California, Irvine.

        

      • Thursday, July 26, 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR0726TS
      • 15
      Register

      Let's just get together and talk. Share your latest writing projects, problems, and ideas. Are you writing children's literature? Join Mary Sloat and Bridgett Wonder as they share their experiences, problems, and questions as they write for young people. Talk about your own experiences as you think about writing for younger audiences, as you are in the midst of writing a book for children, or as you have finished a book.

      Sometimes it's pleasant or cathartic to get together with other writers or prospective writers and  share. There is no better place to do that than a monthly roundtable. Register now for this BARN Writers' Forum.

      • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
      • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
      • 8 sessions
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR0818TS
      • 11
      Register

      In this Production Series class, you will be challenged to write a 60,000 word novel in four months. Topics to be covered when you meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month during that time include the following: (1) the premise, the opening, time management, and how to participate in a response group; (2) character development and your story as a series of events; (3) plot, the story arc, and genre tropes;  (4) dialogue; (5) point of view and setting; (6) show don’t tell; (7) self-editing; (8) revision and manuscript preparation.

      Your commitment:  

      • Write, at least 5 days per week for 4 months
      • Write, at least, 750 words or 3 pages per day
      • Bring selections from your novel to class to work on and share with your response group
      •  Be an active, productive member of your response group

      Before the first class, you will submit the premise for your novel to the instructor. Instructions will be emailed on the formula for a premise. Student premises will be discussed and refined during the first class.

      InstructorT.M. Smith has loved to write since childhood, and it is little wonder that she majored in English in undergraduate school and went on to earn a Master of Arts in the same subject, accumulating more than one hundred credits in writing and literature courses while on that journey. Putting her schooling to good use, she taught her favorite subject at high school, community college, and university. During that busy time, like Virginia Woolf’s character in Between the Acts, she produced “orts, scraps, and fragments” that she now returns to and uses in her writings--a novel, Affection for Crime; two recently finished short stories; and a soon-to-be-completed novel series.

      She takes great joy in writing but a greater joy in sharing what she knows, thereby encouraging others to pursue their dreams and become authors.

      In her previous life, she earned a doctorate in Educational Administration and Higher Education; as principal she was honored when her school received the highly-sought-after National Secondary School Recognition Award (Blue Ribbon School); and she was excited to receive a Milken Outstanding Educator Award.

      • Saturday, August 04, 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • BARN Writers Studio in the Great Room, Class Code: WR0818DS
      • 12
      Register

      For all BARN studio artists or other visual and performing artists! At some time, you have submitted or will need to submit an artist's statement. This class will help you polish the one you have or create a new statement. 

      You will examine samples of working artists’ biographies and determine the essential elements in an effective statement. Various styles will be discussed, and a list of key words and sentence starters will be reviewed.

      Dinah Satterwhite will provide a template and you will begin to outline your biography with some easy and fun creative exercises that are sure to bring out your personal style. You will receive direct feedback from the instructor and others in the class and discuss how to make minor variations in order to address specific audiences, like a fine arts gallery or small gift shop.

      And finally, you'll develop a polished statement that will effectively generate interest in your work and you as an artist. Helpful marketing hints will be interjected throughout this course, including writing a press release.

      Handouts will be provided. Bring paper and pen, and (optionally) electronic writing devices that you are familiar with.

      Instructor: Dinah Satterwhite is an active artist living on Bainbridge Island, WA. She manages the regional Studio Tour and coaches artists. She is a professional photographer and specializes in photographing artists’ work. Her work is displayed in art galleries and stores. She is experienced in marketing, copywriting, design and layout.

      • Monday, August 06, 2018
      • Friday, August 10, 2018
      • 5 sessions
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code-WR0818EC
      • 12
      Register
      Teens! Teens! Teens! And Younger!

      Have you ever had a secret place? A hideout? A hut? A place that was your own special place? For many writers, a personal journal provides that same sense of privacy and freedom. It’s a place to be alone with your thoughts, to let your imagination run wild, and to explore the richness of your inner world. In this class, you will focus on writing as a means of self-discovery. Expect to keep a journal, which will be shared only voluntarily and to do a series of fun, imaginative activities combining art (working with clay, drawing, etc.) and writing.  Join us!!

      Both beginning and more experienced writers are welcome. Ages 12-18 are welcome.   

      Instructor: Emily Chamberlain, M.A. is a professional educator with over twenty years of experience in both public and private schools. As a teacher of literature and writing at Carolina Friends School for much of her career, her greatest joy was to help young people use the writing process to weave deeper connections with themselves, each other, and the world around them. Emily holds a M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and was an instructor at the Duke Young Writers’ Camp. In addition to teaching, she serves as a Courage & Renewal® facilitator, leading retreats designed to help participants live and work more fully and wholeheartedly, in alignment with who they truly are.

      • Saturday, August 25, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code-WR0818WK
      • 5
      Register

      Your life is a story, and if told correctly, a very interesting one. There is an art to taking the sprawling events of your life and reducing them down to a personal essay or memoir. Using Bill Kenower’s unique inside-out approach to writing, we will look at how to tell the fine difference between telling a story about your life, and using your life to tell a story. Students taking this class can expect to learn:

      • How to find the narrative arc in a personal story.
      • How to write about painful memories.
      • How to write about people who have mistreated you.
      • How to turn the most challenging moments from your life into a story that can help others.
      InstructorWilliam 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, September 15, 2018
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR0918BJ
      • 10
      Register

      Agents report that they’re flooded with more queries and proposals than ever before, even as publishers cut back the number of books they produce each year. How can you break through the noise and get your project noticed? This class will help you step back and see your fiction or nonfiction work through fresh eyes and a business-based perspective. We’ll identify the things that make your work unique, marketable, and irresistible to publishing gatekeepers, and then with lots of examples and time for practice and personal feedback, we’ll work on verbal “elevator pitches,” one-paragraph hooks (great for query letters), and the dreaded synopsis.

      Attendees will…

      1.     Be challenged to consider their work from a fresh, detached, commercial perspective.
      2.    Learn how to condense full-length fiction and nonfiction projects into industry-appropriate 1-2 page synopses, and how to identify the compelling “hooks” that make great verbal pitches and query letter descriptions.
      3.    Gain a realistic understanding of what publishers and agents are looking for in new authors, including author platform, compelling concept, and connection to existing popular trends.
      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. 
      • Saturday, September 22, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, WR1218JJ
      • 6
      Register

      Whether you attended "The Art and Craft of the Query: Part 1, The Nuts and Bolts" in May or you have a draft of a query letter in need of review, this workshop will help you prepare the final draft. We’ll look at each query letter, assess its effectiveness and impact, and work together to sharpen the query’s essentials with particular emphasis on the pitch. 

      A maximum of only six students will participate in this class.

      Please bring a draft of your query letter to share. Your query should be fully-formed—we won’t be writing letters from scratch—but don’t worry if it’s rough. The goal of this workshop is to refine your query so it’s an irresistible call to action for a literary agent to represent your work.

      *This workshop will focus on works of fiction and memoir; narrative nonfiction queries are usually accompanied by substantive proposals, which are animals of a different sort. But non-fiction writers are encouraged to participate; the basic principles hold true for any one-page query letter, which all writers will be expected to present.

      Instructor: 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. 

      • Thursday, September 27, 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR0927MS
      • 12
      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. 

      • Saturday, October 13, 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code: WR1018MM
      • 12
      Register

      As writers we long to hook our readers’ hearts as well as their minds. Together we’ll discover how conflict and tension fuel a character’s emotional journey and keep readers engrossed until the very end.  Using examples from current literature, we’ll discuss techniques to strengthen your story’s emotional core and identify the one thing every powerful story has in common. Be prepared to participate in short writing exercises. Come with the seed of a story you’ve always wanted to write, opening pages or better yet a work in progress.

      Instructor: Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars (Abrams/Amulet) is an ALA Best Book for YA 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award. Her most recent books are an MG fantasy duo, Beyond the Door, a Booklist top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth, and The Telling Stone, a finalist for the WA State Book awards. A new historical novel, Everything After, (Blink/HarperCollins) will be released in Feb 2019.

      Her poetry appears in  Relentless Light, (Finishing Line Press) The Southern Review, Smartish Pace, and Georgetown Review among other journals. 

      She taught middle school through college for almost twenty years with a specialty in gifted education. In 2000 she was awarded the McAuliffe Teaching Fellowship for WA State.  She currently supervises student teachers for WSU, is a board member of SCBWI Inland Northwest.


      • Thursday, October 25, 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR1025TS
      • 15
      Register

      Learn about travel writing from three experts with many years and miles of experience traveling all over the world. Stefanie Bielekova, Ann Randall  and Doug Walsh, local travel writers, will share their secrets to success. Whether you want simply to have a record of your own travels or you hope to publish your memories, these writers will have ideas and inspiration for you. 

      Doug Walsh originally created a blog to chronicle the two years he and his wife spent traveling the world by bicycle. He continues to update the blog for his travels far and near.

      Stefanie Bielekova delights in combining her passion for storytelling with the wonders of worldwide wandering. She’s lived in five countries, has traveled to seventy-seven, and has sailed around the world five times while working aboard the Cunard Line of cruise ships. After seven years at sea, Stefanie returned to “land life” by settling down in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She now works as a Travel Advisor, Speaker, and Tour Assistant for Rick Steves’ Europe and tells tales of travel on her blog, Postcards from Stef

      Ann Randall is a well-traveled international election observer, NGO volunteer and independent traveler who now spends at least two months annually venturing to out-of-the-way locales from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. In the past year she travelled internationally to Iceland, Estonia and Latvia (twice), Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Germany and India as well as working in Alaska and heading out on U.S. road trips. She’s a regular contributor to the print publications WestSound Home and GardenNorthwest Travel Magazine, Dutch, the Magazine, 3rd Act, Fibre Focus and Northwest Meeting News and the websites Wander With Wonder, My Itchy Travel Feet and Global Comment as well as maintaining two blogs: PeregrineWoman and ExplorationKitsap.

      • Saturday, October 27, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR1018WR
      • 12
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      Dialogue is crucial to any kind of story—fiction, nonfiction, any type of script. But dialog is more than simply writing down realistic conversation. In reality, no one wants to hear (or read) about the weather, or what someone had for lunch (unless it really matters!). 

      Uninteresting dialogue can sink a story like a hole in the hull, while good dialogue makes it sail along beautifully. Writing great dialogue is tricky. 

      In this class you’ll learn to write dialogue that sounds lifelike, yet is carefully constructed so every line mines character background, tension, emotion and intent. 

      Instructor: Warren Read is the author of a 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis Books), and the 2017 novel, Ash Falls (Ig Publishing). His short fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season ReviewSliver of StoneInkletteSwitchback and The East Bay Review. He has been in education for 26 years and is currently an assistant principal with the Bainbridge Island School District.   

      • Saturday, November 03, 2018
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • BARN Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR1118JL
      • 11
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      In this class with Jennifer Longo, you will explore the various conventions found in contemporary young adult novels, focusing on working with and against these tropes to create a unique narrative that remains true to its audience. 

      YA novels, no matter the genre, nearly always feature many of the same recognizable characters and relationships, plotlines, and conflicts. New writers may not be familiar with (or fond of) some of these tropes. The authors may feel as if their books need to be shoved through a veritable sieve of conventions that have nothing to do with the narrative.

      You will explore ways to work with and around these, sometimes, irksome elements. During the last part of class, you will examine opening pages of YA-- how they grab and hold the reader and how they are free of conventions. Along with Jennifer Longo, discover how it is possible to create a story that remains true to your vision and yet captivating for the YA reader.

      Here’s a tip from the instructor and successful author: YA is written about, but not always for, a teen audience.

      Instructor: Jennifer Longo is a playwright and novelist with Random House Books. Her first two YA novels, Six Feet Over it and Up To This Pointe were both finalists for the Washington State Book Award. Jen holds a B.A. in Acting from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Humboldt State University. Her next novel (Random House, Fall 2018) is set in her forever home, her best writing inspiration - the beautiful PNW.  

      • Saturday, November 10, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code=WR1118KO+
      • 25
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      Few subjects stir a debate more than how to develop a plot. That's why we have invited four Seattle7 authors to discuss plot development in this "mini" conference. 

      Where do you begin? With an idea? Then what? Is your plot action- or character-driven? Do you jot down a few notes and start writing? Do you assemble an outline—sketchy or detailed? Do you just start writing and see where the characters and ideas take you?

      Join authors Kathleen Alcala and Jennie Shortridge, both in the character-driven camp, in the morning as they discuss their ideas on plot development. Then, in the afternoon, join thriller writers, Mike Lawson and Kevin O'Brien, as they put on boxing gloves and go to their separate corners to argue for how they develop an action-driven plot. Though all of these authors use different methods, the result is the same--each consistently turns out bestselling novels.

      A lunch break will be from noon-1 pm. You are free to brown-bag it in our Commons or step out in town. A question-and-answer session will follow each presentation session.

      Presenters: Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, she has also served as an instructor in the program. Kathleen earned her MA from the University of Washington, and her MFA from the University of New Orleans. Until recently, she was a fiction instructor at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island. Besides her short story collection and three novels, Kathleen has published fiction in numerous anthologies, most recently in the speculative fiction anthology Latin@ Rising, edited by Matthew David Goodwin and published by Wings Press. Her most recent book is The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, from the University of Washington Press. 

      Mike Lawson is the award-winning author of fifteen published novels.  He has been nominated for the Barry Award several times and has twice won the Portland-based Friends of Mystery Award for his Joe DeMarco political thriller series. The latest DeMarco work is House Witness. The first book in his second series, titled Rosarito Beach, involving a rogue DEA agent named Kay Hamilton, was optioned for television. Prior to turning to writing full time, Mike was a nuclear engineer employed by the Navy and he lives in the Northwest.

      Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector.  The author of eighteen internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery and is a core member of Seattle 7 Writers. Press & Guide said: “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” Kevin’s latest nail-biter is Hide Your Fear. He’s hard at work on his nineteenth novel.

      Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her books have been translated into several languages and optioned for film, as well as being selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. An avid volunteer, she is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy. Learn more at www.jennieshortridge.com.

      • Thursday, November 15, 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR0818TS
      • 15
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      Let's just get together and talk. Share your latest writing projects, problems, and ideas. 

      Sometimes it's pleasant or cathartic to get together with other writers or prospective writers and  share. There is no better place to do that than a monthly roundtable. Register now for this BARN Writers' Colloquy.

      • Saturday, December 08, 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Writers' Studio, BARN, WR1218JJ
      • 6
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      Whether you attended "The Art and Craft of the Query: Part 1, The Nuts and Bolts" in May or you have a draft of a query letter in need of review, this workshop will help you prepare the final draft.We’ll look at each query letter, assess its effectiveness and impact, and work together to sharpen the query’s essentials with particular emphasis on the pitch.

      A maximum of only six students will participate in this class.

      Please bring a draft of your query letter to share. Your query should be fully-formed—we won’t be writing letters from scratch—but don’t worry if it’s rough. The goal of this workshop is to refine your query so it’s an irresistible call to action for a literary agent to represent your work.

      *This workshop will focus on works of fiction and memoir; narrative nonfiction queries are usually accompanied by substantive proposals, which are animals of a different sort. But non-fiction writers are encouraged to participate; the basic principles hold true for any one-page query letter, which all writers will be expected to present.

      Instructor: 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. 

    Past events

    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 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 How Narrative Works: An Editor's Toolkit
    Monday, April 02, 2018 Jonathan Evison's Book Launch
    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?
    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...
    Wednesday, February 07, 2018 Speculative Fiction: Workshop and Craft
    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
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
    Saturday, December 09, 2017 Build an Author Marketing Plan That Attracts Readers, Sells Books, and Won't Make You Miserable
    Saturday, December 02, 2017 Choosing a Point of View
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 Salon--In Lieu of Roundtable
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Teen Story Slam
    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
    Saturday, November 04, 2017 A Step-by-Step Guide to Self Publishing
    Saturday, November 04, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 Roundtable Discussion--Writing a Blog
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Teen Story Slam
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Writing the Middle Grade Novel
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Jewelry Open Studio For Beading
    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
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 Fiction Writing with Robert Dugoni WR0917RD
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 Roundtable Discussion--A BARN Writers' Colloquy WR1117TS
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Fermentation on Wheels KI0917Kk
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 How to Craft a Novel Beginning WR0917JJ
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
    Friday, September 08, 2017 Into the Fields: Sketching and Observing Outdoors
    Thursday, August 31, 2017 Getting to the Heart of Your Story WR0817MS
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 What's Not There Is What I See: Observation and the Imagination in Poetry WR0817CD
    Saturday, August 12, 2017 Shaping Your Memoir WR0817AQ
    Saturday, July 29, 2017 The Written Image: Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts WR0717SP
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 Salon--In Lieu of Roundtable WR0717MS
    Friday, July 21, 2017 Finale to Teen Writers' Summer Camp
    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
    Thursday, June 29, 2017 Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio
    Thursday, June 22, 2017 Writers' June Roundtable Discussion: Nature Writing with Leigh Calvez WR0617LC
    Saturday, June 17, 2017 Understanding Publishing Choices: An Unbiased Look for Modern Writers WR0617BJ
    Thursday, June 08, 2017 Basic First Aid
    Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Production Series: The Short Story WR0617WR
    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
    Thursday, April 20, 2017 Teen Story Slam
    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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