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Point of view, the perspective from which a novel or short story is written, is one of the most difficult elements of fiction to master. In this class we’ll discuss five forms of point of view, how they work, and how each affects the reader differently. We’ll take a brief look at the works of writers who’ve used POV well and get some practice by completing several five-minute writing exercises.
Bring a laptop or notebook to take notes and use for exercises. We’ll meet for one, three-hour session and cover the basics. This class is for beginning and intermediate writers. There will be cookies!
Instuctor: Martha Salinas holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and writes personal essays and young adult fiction about gritty, real-life issues. She enjoys creating characters braver than she dares to be. Martha worked as the children’s and young adult editor for the literary magazine, Soundings Review, and she now works part-time as a freelance editor. She loves to teach writing classes as often as she can. A native Texan, she lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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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.
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.
The Welcome to the BARN Writers' Studio is designed for members. Before attending one of these sessions, be sure you are a BARN member and have obtained your fob for entry into BARN.
Then, at this orientation session, we will give you the information you need to have fob access into the Writers' Studio.
Materials fee: $5, due at beginning of class.
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
While writing a book presents a thousand challenges, there are two main sides to it that, if handled well, will result in deep satisfaction rather than frustration and disappointment. One side is developing the identity of being a writer, of knowing how to create and sustain your work through the many ups and downs, the doubts and fears, and triumphs of any creative process. The second side is knowing how to operate within the business of publishing, learning how to demonstrate the value of your book with regard to the bottom line, along with the literary merit.
Part One of this workshop is led by William Kenower, Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, and the author of Fearless Writing (Writer’s Digest). All writing requires getting into the proper, fearless frame of mind. Most people can get into this frame of mind accidentally; not everyone knows how to do it on purpose, however. In this class, William Kenower demonstrates basic rules and approaches that you can practice every day to help you write as fearlessly as possible:
Part Two focuses on ways to gain an insider’s knowledge of the publishing industry, long before you plan to release your book. Led by Bryan Tomasovich, an editor, publisher, and professor of writing and literature for 20 years, we cover topics including:
Participants have the opportunity to discover and evaluate these factors, working on their own and in small groups for 5-10 minutes at a time.
We also review the main steps in publishing with a conventional press: agent research, query letters, manuscript samples, and book proposals. Best practices for self-publishing professionally are covered as well, so are you thinking and acting like a successful publisher: budget, book design, author platform, printing, distribution, publicity, marketing, and events.
Instructors: William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. Also Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, Kenower is a sought-after speaker and teacher.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. Bill 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.
Bryan Tomasovich is the owner of The Publishing World, a Bainbridge-based company dedicated to assisting authors one-on-one with editing, agent research and queries for traditional publishing, and full-service advising and project management for professionally self-published books. He has also worked as a senior editor at Emergency Press, an independent publisher based in New York, and as a professor of writing, literature, and media at Antioch University Seattle and the University of Puget Sound.
"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.
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.
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.
Be our Valentine at the Writers’ Studio Soiree at BARN!
All You Need Is Love . . .
. . .and chocolate
. . .and wine
. . .and amazing local authors reading original works on love
Please join us at BARN for an exclusive evening of literary love, chocolate, and wine. Come eat, drink, laugh and think as seven award-winning, local authors read original works created just for this event.
All authors will start with the same first line from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22: “It was love at first sight.”
Six amazing writers, six wildly different perspectives on love and life.
Desserts, wine, music, mingling, and books for purchase and autographing will be available.
Come on your own or bring a sweetie.
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 Review, The Butter, and Treehouse Magazine.
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For this exciting and unusual class, join two instructors--one a writer and one an actress, one accustomed to breathing life into a character through words and one accustomed to taking the writer's words and giving them life.
Mining well-rounded and believable character is probably the most important element in fiction—every action and result will depend upon it. Developing unique and complex characters is a process of not only creation, but also of discovery. In this workshop the instructors will introduce a variety of activities that will help you do just this, thereby providing a toolbox that will take your fiction to new levels. By combining writing and acting exercises, you will give dimension to existing characters, develop new characters, and better view the world through the character’s point of view. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a light lunch. Snacks and water will be provided.
Instructors: 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 Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback 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.
DINAH MANOFF is a Tony Award winning actress. She has starred in a number of television series, including the classic “ Soap.” Manoff is best known for her portrayal as “Carol Weston” the character she played for seven years on the series," Empty Nest, " and for the memorable Pink Lady, Marty Maraschino in the film Grease . Other films include “ Ordinary People” in which she co-starred opposite Timothy Hutton as Karen his suicidal best friend and “ I Oughta be in Pictures,” opposite Walter Matthau. Manoff has also worked as a television writer and director. She is the daughter of writer Arnold Manoff and Oscar winning actress Lee Grant. Currently Manoff resides with her family on Bainbridge Island where she writes, coaches, and teaches acting with the Northwest Actors Lab.
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.
Note: In 2017, this popular class sold out and had a waitlist.
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.
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.
Are you curious about poetry, but not sure how to begin? To write poetry, you don't have to wait for the muse to whisper in your ear. Most poets have simply learned how to pay attention to the world around them, finding that poems are everywhere if you know how and where to look.
This April, celebrate National Poetry Month by giving your inner poet free rein to explore. We'll focus on generating poems each week through lively writing prompts, then sharing them in a supportive environment. For inspiration, we’ll read examples of the types of poems we’re exploring, written by both classic and contemporary poets. No poetry writing experience necessary; all levels welcome.
Instructor: Holly J. Hughes is coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), author of Passings (Expedition Press, 2016) and Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014), and editor of the anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009).
She has taught writing at Edmonds Community College for more than 25 years as well as at regional conferences and workshops, including LitFuse, FishTrap, Write on the Sound, the North Cascades Institute, and Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, the Rainier Writers Workshop. www.hollyjhughes.com
For questions, contact Jenn Hager, firstname.lastname@example.org
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NOTE: Instructions will be provided for creating a WordPress account in this first session.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
You will explore the genre of picture books via classic and contemporary examples, with a focus on current publishing preferences and practices.
Your look at this unique literary form will cover topics such as narrative structure, character development, word choice, the relationship between words and images, developing a story, thumbnails and book dummies, steps to finding an agent and publication, joining critique groups and professional organizations. A portion of each class, except the first, will be devoted to sharing and critiquing student projects.
Instructor: Jennifer K. Mann is a picture book author and illustrator from Bainbridge Island. Formerly an architect, she gleefully turned to picture books full-time in 2012. She is the author and illustrator of Two Speckled Eggs, I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard, Sam and Jump, and the forthcoming Josie’s Lost Tooth, all published by Candlewick Press. She is the illustrator of George Shannon’s Turkey Tot, and Alison McGhee’s Percy, Dog of Destiny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instructor: T.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 current writings--a published novel, a recently finished short story, and a 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 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.