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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.
Discover the fascinating work that can result when visual arts and poetry collide. Poet Shin Yu Pai will discuss the history of artist-poet collaborations and creative innovation in American literature.
During the free talk, she will show her work as a writer, her commissions for art and cultural museums, and her collaborative work with painters, photographers, installation artists, composers, and video artists. She'll also discuss developing hybrid works that bring together her creative practices as a writer, photographer, and museologist.
Instructor: Shin Yu Pai is the author of several books including AUX ARCS, Adamantine, Sightings, and Equivalence. She is the recipient of grants from 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and The Awesome Foundation. She is currently poet laureate of the City of Redmond and was a 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee. She has also served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum. In 2010, she became a member of the Macondo Workshop for Writers. Her visual work has been exhibited at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, The Paterson Museum, American Jazz Museum, Three Arts Club of Chicago, Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and the International Print Center. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pai lives in Seattle.
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.
The goal of Shaping Your Memoir is to tap into the heart of your richest material and discover a way to shape it into a compelling and transformative story. The course is open to writers of all levels who have a memoir project underway or have a collection of reflections and stories they desire to transform into memoir.
Through the process of facilitated discussions and feedback regarding your own work, you will:
Instructor: Anna Quinn is a writer and the owner of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend. She has thirty years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. Her own writing has appeared in various literary journals and texts, including Literature Circles and Response, Practical Aspects of Authentic Assessment, Instructor, Tidepools, IS Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, Lit-Fest Anthology 2016, and Ars Poetica 2017. She was awarded "2015 Patron of the Arts" in Port Townsend, WA.
Anna’s first novel, The Night Child, was recently acquired, and she will soon make an official announcement. The Night Child is the story of reclaiming your voice and body and the remarkable ability of the body and mind to heal itself. You can read more at annamquinn.com. Anna believes art and writing are transformative and that everyone has a remarkable story to tell.
In this workshop, Carol V. Davis will explore her observations of nature and the use of imagination in poetry. Does one have to be faithful to observation in order to write a poem? How does one stay true to the experience while giving the imagination free reign? The workshop will provide time to observe nature, to write, and to workshop what is written. A packet of nature poems will also be given to participants.
Instructor: Carol V. Davis received a 2015 Barbara Deming Memorial/Money for Women grant. She is the author of Because I Cannot Leave This Body (Truman State University Press, 2017), Between Storms (TSUP, 2012) and won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. Her first book, It’s Time to Talk About… was published in a bilingual (English/Russian) edition in Russia in 1997. Twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia, (1996-7, 2005), her poetry has been read on NPR, Radio Russia and at the Library of Congress. She teaches at Santa Monica College and Antioch University, Los Angeles and taught in Ulan-Ude, Siberia, winter 2015. She is poetry editor of the Los Angeles newspaper the Jewish Journal. She was a recipient of two National Park Service residencies, Hubell Trading Post, AZ (2015) and Homestead National Monument of America, NE (2011) as well as a fellow at Surel’s Place, Boise (2015), Jentel, WY (2010), VCCA and Ragdale. Widely published, her work has been in anthologies including recently Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (2015) and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, 2013.
Story has the power to change hearts and minds, and as a result story has the power to change the world. Have you ever sat down to plot a novel and come up with nothing you or anyone else would want to read? I have! Artificial plot structures do little to help writers get to the heart of their stories. A story is more than plot. It’s more than a series of causal events. And it’s so much more than writing well. Having a mastery of grammar and spelling, and even having a poet’s command of lyrical language, doesn’t necessarily mean your stories will captivate readers. In “Getting to the Heart of Your Story” we’ll explore how to get to the core of what you’re trying to say and how to ratchet up the tension that pulls readers forward.
Don't forget to bring a laptop or writing pad.
Instuctor: Martha Kay Salinas writes young adult fiction about teens dealing with gritty, real-life issues. She enjoys creating characters braver than she dares to be. Endowing them with the strength to conquer evil is one of her greatest pleasures. Martha also works as a freelance editor. Her favorite types of projects are young adult fiction, women's fiction, and cozy mysteries, but she also edits college admissions essays and academic papers as long as there’s no math or rocket science involved.
Martha has two sons who have grown up nicely and she’s married to her high school sweetheart, Douglas. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. A native Texan, she lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Opening scenes introduce your protagonist, her/his world, their goals, the stakes, and your story's themes. It's no wonder that an opening scene is often the most difficult to write. In this workshop with Julie Christine Johnson, designed for writers with a novel or memoir in progress at any stage, you will look at a variety of approaches, with examples from classic, literary/commercial fiction, memoir.
Writing exercises will ask you to reflect and respond to elements of your opening pages and will be used to help you create depth and tension. We will open with a prompt to get the juices flowing, but in-class work will focus on your projects-in-progress. Please come to class with your opening chapter, no matter how rough. Bring it and be prepared to put it through its paces!
Instructor bio: 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.
Tara Whitsitt comes to town in her Rolling Fermentation Lab. This is a partnership between Eagle Harbor Books and BARN.
Fermentation on Wheels is a grassroots project that brings fermentation education to communities of all ages and backgrounds and inspires with a school bus that has been converted into a fermentation lab, library, and workshop space. The project’s founder, Tara Whitsitt, organizes events nationwide to bridge communities and restore a genuine fascination in local, traditionally-preserved foods.
This is a free event but please register
Tara will bring her fermentation bus to BARN on September 19th from 5pm to 7pm
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.
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.
Author: Robert 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.
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.
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.
Instructor: Suzanne 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.
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.
Instructor: Ken 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.
More information will follow.
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:
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.
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.
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.