Write Now -- a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we'll write for twenty-five minutes, take a break, repeat. There is no sharing or critique of your writing, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It will be fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions will help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting.
The sessions will be led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice.
Additional sessions held on Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM and Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
You can register at anytime even if a session has passed.
A Zoom link will be sent one day prior to each session to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. Signing up does not mean you have to commit to all the sessions.
Studio Lead: Jessica Dubey Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org
Write Now-- a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we'll write for twenty-five minutes, take a break, repeat. There is no sharing or critique of your writing, only fast-paced, supportive productivity in the company of other writers. It will be fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions will help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting.
Additional sessions held on Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
Ever craved the catharsis of processing something by way of the page? Ever wanted to turn a painful experience into prose? If so, join Steph Jagger, author of Everything Left to Remember, for this two-session workshop.
Together we will:
And...you'll walk away with:
Words can soothe. Words can create space inside and out. When wrapped this way and that, they can take us apart and put us back together. Words can move us from loss right back into life. Join us.
No particular type of grief experience is required. All of us have experienced a loss of some kind: a person, a job, some version of ourselves, our two front teeth. If you want to look at loss -- sit with it, process it, shift it or shape it -- you’re in the right place. No writing experience is necessary. All of us have written something: a sonnet, a novel, a grocery list. While Steph is a writer with extensive experience in publishing, editing, and craft, in this workshop we’re looking for catharsis over quality, process over profundity. If you know how to use a pen or a keyboard, you’re in the right place.
"The way we deal with loss shapes our capacity to be present to life more than anything else. The way we protect ourselves from loss may be the way we distance ourselves from life." - Rachel Naomi Remen
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Steph Jagger is a best-selling memoirist of two books. Her first, Unbound: A Story of Snow & Self-Discovery was published in 2017. Her second, a mother-daughter story called Everything Left to Remember was published in 2022.
Outside of being an author, Steph is a sought-after mentor and coach whose offerings guide people toward a deeper understanding of themselves and their stories. All of her work, including speaking and facilitating, lies at the intersection of loss, the nature of deep remembrance, and the personal journey of re-creation. Steph grew up in Vancouver, Canada and currently lives and works on Bainbridge Island, WA. Find more at www.stephjagger.com or @stephjagger on Instagram.
If you've never written, need to let go of your critical or "editor" voice, or just need some new energy to get the words flowing, this afternoon retreat could be for you. All writing levels and genres are welcome in this safe and fun environment. Use this opportunity to generate new work with the help of prompts for timed writing followed by time to read and receive responses to freshly written material. Reading your work is optional.
As one former participant said, "My very best writing emerges out of your group's creative cauldrons...your comments were spot on, very insightful and helpful."
Julie Gardner, an Amherst Writers & Artists Affiliate, has led WritersGathering groups, workshops and retreats in Seattle since 2011. At BARN, she has offeredregular series since 2019. Participants say they learn more about their strengths, discover new ones, develop their repertoire of craft elements, take risks, generate writing, and have fun writing and learning from others.
Julie is the editor of Original Voices: Homeless and Formerly Homeless Women's Writings. Recent works have been featured in Passager's Pandemic Diaries, Persimmon Tree, and in Alone Together: Love, Grief and Comfort in the Time of Covid 19 which won the 2021 Washington State Book award for nonfiction. A current project has been collaborating with libettists Kamala Sankaram and Kristin Martig leading workshops to generate lyrics for Joan of the City, a site-specific multi-media opera that will use augmented reality/mixed reality to tell the story of a modern-day Joan of Arc through Opera on Tap.
We’re excited to offer this Open Mic opportunity for writers of all levels of experience to read their work to an appreciative audience. This is a great opportunity to reach new readers and meet people who love words as much as you do. It takes courage to share your work with others. Be brave.
We have slots for 12 readers to read five-minute selections. Please register for "Reader" soon in order to snag one of these spots. We also have plenty of room for members of the audience to enjoy some great readings.
Mary Sloat is the former Writers’ Studio Lead and now Programming Coordinator. She writes short stories and middle grade fiction, and she can’t wait to hear your stories!
It’s time to apply to schools and the dreaded personal essay looms overhead! Where do you start? You can start here. Learn how to write an impressive essay that reflects your uniqueness and catches the eye of college admissions. In this two-hour-class session, you will brainstorm and workshop ideas for finding the heart of your essay, select unique details to support your theme, and develop a structure that works for a truly personal essay. And have fun doing it!
Join Emmy Award-winning writer and best-selling author, Lynn Brunelle
Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy with over 25 years’ experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Previously a classroom science, English, and art teacher for kids K-12, an editor, illustrator, and award-winning author of over 45 titles, Lynn has created, developed, and written projects for Chronicle, Workman, National Geographic, Scholastic, Random House, Penguin, A&E, Discovery Channel, Disney, ABC TV, NBC, NPR, the Annenburg Foundation, World Almanac, Cranium, and PBS.
A regular contributor to NBC’s New Day Northwest as a family science guru, Martha Stewart Radio as a family activity consultant, and a contributor to NPR’s Science Friday, she is the creator of the Mama Gone Geek blog and Tabletop Science (videos that make science fun and accessible). Lynn won five Telly Awards and two CINE awards for her music videos, which range in topics from bullying prevention, child protection, and the adolescent brain for international curriculums through Committee for Children, to independent projects encouraging science literacy and STEAM.
The tools don’t make the artist, but they can help. However, picking up a new tool can be daunting. For those who’ve recently tried Scrivener or are considering it, this class will provide an introduction, as well as tips and tricks to make the most out of your tool, whether for script writing, novels, essays, or anything else you’re writing.
Having the Scrivener app or program is not required, but highly recommended for this class.
Jennifer K Mann is an author/illustrator from Bainbridge Island, Washington, where she lives with her husband, dogs, cat and chickens, and occasionally her now grown children. Her favorite thing in the world is her family, followed closely by making books for young readers, reading, cooking, camping, hiking, and swimming outdoors, especially in clear cold lakes. Jennifer was once an architect, but now is the author and illustrator of several picture books including TWO SPECKLED EGGS (a previous Washington State Book Award Winner), I’LL NEVER GET A STAR ON MRS BENSON’S BLACKBOARD, SAM AND JUMP and JOSIE’S LOST TOOTH. Her 2020 picture book, THE CAMPING TRIP (Candlewick) won the 2021 Washington State Book Award for picture books. Upcoming books are AUDREY L and AUDREY W: TRUE CREATIVE TALENTS, which is book 2 in a chapter book series written by Carter Higgins (Chronicle Books, 2022); and MAPLE AND ROSEMARY, a picture book by Allison James (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, 2023).
Discover the best and most enriching journaling practice for archiving the stories that run through your days and revisit those memories already long in the past. Instructor Chelsea Leah will share five important factors for achieving a satisfying memoir journaling practice. She’ll also lead a journaling exercise for each of the five factors with room for a brief share and discussion at the end. With these tools, writers of all ages can craft and document their memories and learn to love the process.
Have handy your journal, a favorite pen, and a memory or two to write about (or photos from the past to use as reference).
Books referenced during the class: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldman, Stranger than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk, Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler, and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.
Can you get to the Bang! in your story in under 1,000 words? How about 500? What about one sentence? Davis will go over the craft elements of flash fiction, and then she will provide a handful of writing prompts to get your pen moving. The workshop will be focused on generating new work, so it’s appropriate for all levels of experience. Come explore the world of flash, where the only rule is length.
Lauren Davis is the author of Home Beneath the Church (Fernwood Press) and When I Drowned (Aldrich Press, forthcoming), and the chapbooks Each Wild Thing’s Consent (Poetry Wolf Press), and The Missing Ones (Winter Texts). She holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and she is the winner of the Landing Zone Magazine’s Flash Fiction Contest and the House Journal Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in numerous literary publications and anthologies including Prairie Schooner, Spillway, Poet Lore, Ibbetson Street, Ninth Letter and elsewhere. Davis lives on the Olympic Peninsula in a Victorian seaport community.
What does “heartfelt” even mean? How do I write an “authentic” character?
As writers, we are often told the thing missing from stories is “heart” or that the story needs to feel more “authentic”. This is quite often why agents and editors say no to a manuscript.
We each have lives full of unique life experiences. Join Donna Barba Higuera as we work on our own works in progress or new ideas to gather heartfelt storylines using our own life experiences. We will explore our own memories and stories to create unique characters with the necessary emotional journeys for authentic characters that only you can write. We will also ask the questions to help you discover that elusive part that is missing in most stories.
When completed, you will have the heart of your story.
Donna Barba Higuera is the New York Times bestselling author of books that have won awards including the Newbery Medal, Pura Belpré Medal, the Sid Fleischman award, Crystal Kite Award, and PNBA best book of the year amongst others.
She grew up in a tiny desert town in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. Rather than wrangling dust devils, she’d spend recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book. Her favorite hobbies were calling the library’s dial-a-story over and over again and sneaking into a restricted pioneers’ cemetery to weave her own spooky tales using the crumbling headstones for inspiration.
Donna’s Middle Grade and Picture books reinvent history, folklore, and her own life experiences into compelling storylines. She still dreams in Spanglish.
Donna lives in Washington State with her husband, four kids, three dogs and a frog.
You can read more about her books at dbhiguera.com
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. It doesn’t matter if you want to tell the story of how you’ve climbed Mount Everest, or falling in love for the first time, all stories are worth telling when you find their heart.
Students taking this class can expect to learn:
William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer’s Guide to the End of Self-Doubt, and the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
Park: At BARN, or the adjacent Christmas tree lot. Parking also available at the First Baptist Church on North Madison, with a free Sweet Deal Mobile shuttle.
This is a BARN holiday. Doors will be locked to the public, members, and non-members.