Writers' upcoming events

    • Thursday, September 28, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 4

    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, September 30, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Great Room, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 7

    This presentation is Bob Dugoni’s acclaimed national seminar. Using lecture, in-class assignments, and examples of his own and other bestsellers, Bob brings a nuts-and-bolts approach to writing the novel from the initial idea to the final edit. His seminar focuses on the writer’s life, outlining, writer’s block, story structure and development, creating memorable characters, maintaining and increasing suspense, dialogue techniques, and editing methods, as well as pitfalls the writer must avoid that result in rejection or reader disappointment. Bob’s philosophy is to help remove as many of the obstacles in the path to publication as possible. The class appeals to students who are beginning their novels to those who have completed novels and are looking for techniques to improve their writing and storytelling.

    AuthorRobert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series, My Sister's Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, The Trapped Girl. He is also the critically acclaimed author of the David Sloane Series. Dugoni has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, was a 2015 International Thriller Writer's finalist for thriller of the year, the 2015 winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a 2017 Edgar Award Finalist for The Seventh Canon. His books are sold worldwide in more than 27 countries and have been translated into twenty languages.
    Dugoni attended the UCLA law school and practiced law for 13 years in San Francisco. His longing to write never wavered, however, and in 1999 he awoke one morning and made the decision to quit law and write novels. Dugoni's first novel, The Jury Master, became a New York Times bestseller.
    Booklist wrote, "Mixing the suspense of a Grisham legal thriller with the political angle of a Baldacci, Dugoni is knocking on the A-list thriller door.” Now the author of 14 books, Bob Dugoni is no longer knocking.

        

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 9


    The Writers' Studio is ready for you! This orientation session will give you the information you need to have fob access to the Writers' Studio.

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 4

    Okay. It's not your favorite thing to do--edit, edit, edit, revise, revise, revise. A-a-n-n-d-d, do it again! It is, however, what stands between you and a publisher or, at least, between you and a fascinated reader who is just begging for the next chapter.

    One of the trickiest parts of writing is the process of self-editing. Where is the line between being too generous to our own writing and being too critical? This class will offer sound self-editing advice, whether you plan to share your work with friends or family, journals, agents, or publishers. Reading materials will be emailed to you and discussed during class. Bring your current work for some in-class editing. There will be a 15-minute break. 

    Instructor: Ana Cristina Alvarez is an MFA graduate from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington and has worked for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and Graywolf Press. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Butter, and Treehouse Magazine.

       

    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Writers' Room, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 1

    Pippi Longstocking. Harry Potter. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. What do these books have in common, besides being highly popular? They are middle grade novels, meant for readers ages 8-12. In this class we will explore what it means to write for this age group.

    The four sessions will be half lecture and half workshop. This class is open to writers 16 and older.

    Beginning writers are welcome, but all students will be asked to share the first pages of a work-in-progress. Suzanne promises to deliver laughter, inspiration and chocolate.

    InstructorSuzanne Selfors is a national bestselling author of over twenty books for young readers. She’s won the WA State Book Award, four Junior Library Guild Awards, an Amazon Best Children’s Book Award, and her novels have been included on numerous state award lists.  She’s written for Mattel, Dreamworks, Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Little Brown and MacMillan.

     

    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Writers' Room, BARN, Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 10

    Sportswriter Rick Reilly said, "It's people stories that make good reading. I don't feel like I'm a sportswriter. I feel like I'm a guy who writes about people who happen to do sports. The best columns are the ones where you tie it somehow into the fabric of the country."

    In this two-session class with Ken Sins, a retired sportswriter, columnist and editor, you will focus on a certain type of journalism—sports writing. Specifically, you will brainstorm current sports issues

     or discuss remarkable athletes, select a topic, and try your hand at writing your own sports column. You may write about “people who happen to do sports” or issues that happen to be about sports.

    The history of sports journalism, how to gather information and interview athletes and coaches, and other matters relevant to sports reporting will be among topics discussed. In the second session, you will have the opportunity to share your column.

    This class will appeal to a variety of people—those interested in journalistic writing, column writing, or sports writing in general and impassioned sports fans or writers in any genre.  

    InstructorKen Sins has worked as a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press, Houston Post, Dallas Cowboys Weekly, and United Press International. He also reported for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was beat, spot off-season columnist for the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys. Early in his career, Ken served as the sports editor for several New York newspapers; he has had a varied career as a sportswriter.

    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Westside Pizza

    All teens, grades 7-12, are welcome! Read your writing aloud or tell a story. There is a five-minute time limit and PG content only is accepted. Short stories, poems, or a scene from your novel are welcome. Any genre is appropriate: science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, comedy, crime, mystery, etc. 

    This event will be held at Westside Pizza, 323 High School Road NE, Bainbridge Island. Come early and eat. Friends and family are welcome. Donations support the Library's Teen Writers' Workshop. 

    The event is sponsored by BARN, the Library, and Westside Pizza. 

    The emcee will  be Noah  Barfield.


    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 3
    WordPress describes "blogging" as follows:

    "Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order.  

    Basically, it is an amazing phenomenon that allows anyone to post information that is of interest--to become a published writer, if you will.

    Join us tonight as panelists discuss blogging and their blogs.

    Panelists:

    Sallie Wagner Brown, former teacher who has a bachelor's degree in French and English literature and a master's in education and counseling,  is now a blogger, freelance writer, traveler, dog-lover and rookie boater. She lives on Hood Canal and writes a blog for wasanctuaryshore.com about the city of Kingston, where her boat, the Ceilidh, is moored. She also writes blogs for WSHG.net. See https://wshg.net/author/sallie-wagner-brown/. Sallie's stories have been published in "Cup of Comfort," "Chicken Soup for the Soul," "Not Your Mother's Book" and "Blended, Writers on the Step-Family Experience." 

    Rebecca Olson is an actress based out of Seattle, Washington. Her blog "Jet Lag is for Amateurs" started as a way to keep her friends and family updated during her various worldwide travels, when they started complaining about the mass emails. It begins in 2009 and covers 16 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the UK, and South America. It would be longer, but she lost her trip to Holland in 2007 because of a server snafu, and learned the hard way to always back things up. She just started a new blog "For the Love of Lavender" featuring her family's lavender farm in Sequim, Washington, which offers expert lavender advice and insight (for beginners to enthusiasts) and a unique look into the the world of a lavender farming family.

    Rodika Tollefson is an award-winning writer who lives on the Key Peninsula with her husband and three sons. She is a contributing editor and blog manager for WSHG and also writes for several local publications and produces videos.  Her work has been published in regional and national publications; she also writes for companies and organizations, including on the blogs of national brands such as American Express (OPEN Forum), Hertz, CyberScout and CORTShe is the editor-in-chief of The Pen Woman, the magazine of the National League of American Pen Women. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she received the Outstanding Journalism Graduate of the Year award; she is also a graduate from the University of Washington’s Master of Communications in Digital Media program. 


    • Saturday, November 04, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 4

    Ready to take publishing into your own hands, but overwhelmed by all of the options and decisions involved?This class will walk you through the nitty-gritty decisions of the self-publishing process (without trying to sell you on any particular service or path).One size does not fit all when it comes to self publishing.

    We’ll talk about:

    • Format decisions: should you have an e-book? A print book? Both?
    • Book formatting: tips and tricks for creating a clean, professional looking e-book and print design
    • The legalities: ISBNs, copyright registration, and more.
    • Cover design: Don’t try this at home. (Or if you’re a DIY artist, follow these guidelines.)
    • Cover Copy: The most important 200 words you’ll write as a self-publishing author

    We’ll also talk about when and how to hire freelancers, what research says about the best pricing strategies, and how to avoid the scams and pitfalls that trap self-publishing authors along the way. 

    Bring material to take notes (laptop, tablet, or notebook/pen).

    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. 

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 11


    The Writers' Studio is ready for you! This orientation session will give you the information you need to have fob access to the Writers' Studio.

    • Thursday, November 16, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 10

    "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 or 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, December 09, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 7

    Marketing is something every modern author must do. This class takes a practical, personal approach to marketing, starting with the oft-misunderstood "author platform" and then looking at a wide array of specific projects and tools that can promote a new release or put life back in a book that’s been out for a while. We’ll explore best practices for when to use (and when to ignore) social and traditional media, giveaways, events, influencers, advertising, contests, and more. Most importantly, we’ll show you how to use your own unique strengths and passions, rather than trying to follow someone else’s formula.
    Attendees will…

    • Be able to describe their unique audience, their own strengths, and where those two overlap.
    • Understand the importance of building a permanent, reputation-building platform, along with 6 popular starting points for new authors.
    • Have the tools to put together a book-specific promotional plan for books that fits into the A-C-T (Attract/Convert/Transform) model.

    Bring material to take notes (laptop, tablet, or notebook/pen).

    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. 

    • Thursday, December 14, 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 11


    The Writers' Studio is ready for you! This orientation session will give you the information you need to have fob access to the Writers' Studio.

    • Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 12

    Materials fee: $2-$4.50, depending on size of class, due at beginning.

    If you love to cook and stay in the creative mode while knife is in hand, you can discover that putting in writing what you just crafted can be quite tricky. Learn to write about food with Kathryn Lafond.  Together, you will work with a variety of edible prompts to help keep the juices flowing. Discover what you believe about food and your relationship with the plants and animals who nourish you. Examine the difference between object and subject; how we can approach food writing with new perspectives; and by all means possible use ALL our senses.

    Instructor: Newly published, Northwest author Kathryn Lafond, known for her love of ceremony and song−including at meal time, spent nearly 10 years writing Seasoned with Gratitude: 250 Recipes and Blessings Celebrating the Greater Nourishment of Real Food. For over 20 years she has served her Bainbridge Island community as an Intuitive Energy Healer, spiritual guide, writer, health coach, home-chef, and singer, as well as teacher of Wild Foods and Medicine classes.

    “Lafond writes with an infectious enthusiasm that keeps the pages flipping.”  - Kirkus Reviews

    • Thursday, January 25, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 12

    "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, January 27, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 12

    In order to write a compelling and believable work of historical fiction, you must build a world that is grounded in reality and alive with telling detail. In this workshop, Megan Chance discusses research sources, organization, and ways to incorporate your research effectively into your story.    

    Instructor: Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. Her work has been chosen for Amazon Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices, and Booksense/Indie Next. The Best Reviews says she writes “Fascinating historical fiction.” Her novels have been translated into several different languages.

    Chance is a former television news photographer with a BA in Broadcast Communications from Western Washington University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.

    • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 12

    From Harry Potter to The Man in the High Castle, Speculative Fiction gathers stories from many corners of the writing universe, and so is of interest to a wide range of readers. This will be a workshop for writers with at least one chapter or story in progress.  The group will offer supportive  feedback under the guidance of a well-published author, as well as brief craft lessons on character development that will enable you to develop confidence in your own ability to edit. We will read a couple of short examples along the way to give us common ground for discussion. The class will have a maximum of twelve and a minimum of six people. Craft focus will include setting (world building), dialogue, conflict, the use of time (flashbacks, parallel timelines, etc), and in particular, the development of characters. 

    Instructor: 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.

       

    • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 12

    In recent years, the lyric essay has surged in popularity among readers and writers. As a form, it exists somewhere between nonfiction and poetry and provides a unique challenge for those who write in those genres. This class will be an introduction to the form and to the inventive writers paving the way for this format.  

    There will be time in class to brainstorm, create, and begin writing your own lyric essay.  Bring your lunch; we will gather in the Commons to network and share experiences.  Coffee and water will be provided; there is a refrigerator for your use.

    Diana Wilson, in "Laces in the Corset: Structures of Poetry and Prose That Bind the Lyric Essay," writes, "Imagine a warp in time, centuries deep, where writers gather on full-moon nights.  Perhaps it surrounds a Concord bar where in the darkest corner sit Henry David Thoreau and Sylvia Plath—she’s on her third vodka-on-the-rocks; he nervously swirls a tall glass of water.  Envision them sharing a slow dance beneath a disco ball....Years later their progeny Lyric Essay—half-prose and half-poetry—dresses in loose tunics, wears his hair slightly too long to be considered conventional, and whiles away his days wandering through forests and meadows while contemplating metaphors for life and love." 

    Instructor: Ana Cristina Alvarez is an MFA graduate from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington and has worked for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and Graywolf Press. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior ReviewThe Butter, and Treehouse Magazine.   

    • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 15

    Information to follow.

    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA, 98110
    • 12

    The foundation of any good story—whether it’s a novel or flash fiction—is the perspective of the narrator. With so many options to choose from, that perspective can be confusing. 

    Do you write in first person, second person, third person limited, or third person omniscient? How do you decide which point of view is best for your story? How do you avoid accidentally changing the POV halfway through a chapter? In this class, you will review examples of the various types of POV and then look to your own writing. 

    Instructor: Ana Cristina Alvarez is an MFA graduate from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington and has worked for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and Graywolf Press. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior ReviewThe Butter, and Treehouse Magazine.   

    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 15

    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, April 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 11

    In this all-day workshop, veteran developmental editor Jason Black will lead you through a deep-dive of how narrative works and give you twelve hands-on skills for elevating your prose from good to great.

    The morning session covers the bedrock technique behind narrative: “show, don’t tell.” This core principle behind powerful narrative is widely misunderstood. Jason will fix that, leaving you with a clear understanding of when, why, and how to show, rather than tell, in your own writing. 

    The afternoon session delivers twelve crack techniques for self-editing and revision that will push your prose to new levels of clarity and elegance. The afternoon ends with an open-ended, “ask me anything” style Q&A on any questions relating to writing craft, story structure, and character development.

    For both sessions, you should bring a scene from their current work-in-progress for the in-class exercises and discussions. Don’t forget to bring a laptop or notepad as well!

    There will be an hour for lunch during the session. Bringing a sack lunch is a great idea.

    Instructor: Jason Black is a Seattle-area developmental editor who has helped scores of writers find the best in their work over the past nine years. Jason teaches writing, story structure, and character development classes through the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He is a regular speaker at the PNWA Writers’ Conference and a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild’s speakers’ bureau. In addition to his blog, Jason's articles on writing craft have been featured in PNWA's Author magazine and the literary journal Line Zero. Jason edits for novelists in all genres, though his own novels, Bread for the Pharaoh, Pebblehoof, and Blackpelt are all middle-grade fiction. Find Jason online at PlotToPunctuation.com, or on Twitter as @p2p_editor.

    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 15

    Information to follow.

    • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 12

    "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. 

    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 12
    Okay. It's not your favorite thing to do--edit, edit, edit, revise, revise, revise. A-a-n-n-d-d, do it again! It is, however, what stands between you and a publisher or, at least, between you and a fascinated reader who is just begging for the next chapter.

     One of the trickiest parts of writing is the process of self-editing. Where is the line between being too generous to our own writing and being too critical? This class will offer sound self-editing advice, whether you plan to share your work with friends or family, journals, agents, or publishers. Reading materials will be emailed to you and discussed during class. Bring your current work for some in-class editing. There will be a 15-minute break. 

    Instructor: Ana Cristina Alvarez is an MFA graduate from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington and has worked for Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and Graywolf Press. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Butter, and Treehouse Magazine.

       

    • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 15

    Information to follow.

    • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 15

    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.

    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI, WA 98110
    • 12

    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 include the following: (1) the premise, the opening, and time management; (2) your story as a series of events, writing routines, and how to participate in a response group; (3) plot and the story arc, part 1;  (4) the story arc, part 2, and genre tropes; (5) point of view; (6) character development; (7) dialogue;  (8) setting; (9) show don’t tell, (10) miscellaneous—fragments, varying sentences, reading level, etc. (11) sub-plots;  (12) revision, self-editing, 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 general idea and formula for a premise. Student premises will be discussed and refined during the first class.

    Instructor: Teri Smith has a master of arts degree in English and has published a comedy romantic mystery, Affection for Crime. She taught English at the high school, community college, and university levels until she turned to the dark side of school administration. With retirement, she returned to her first love of writing.

    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 12

    "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. 

    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 15

    Information to follow.

    • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Writers' Studio, BARN, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    • 15

    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.

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