Programs for Youth

The classes and events listed below are specifically for youth. Teens 14 years old and older are also welcome in all BARN classes, unless the class description states otherwise. Open studio sessions, which are shown on calendars accessible from Studio pages, are also open to teens 14 years and older, with the same limits that apply to adults.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, July 08, 2017
    • Saturday, September 30, 2017
    • 11 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island
    • 0

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    Learn to make a 16-foot, strip-built cedar kayak from start to its fiberglass finish with guidance from Joe Greenley, designer of the beautiful boats sold by Redfish Kayaks in Port Townsend.

    There is no materials fee for students who want to work on the main class project, which will be sold at auction to benefit the BARN Woodworking & Small Boat Building Shop. There will also be space for a limited number of students to build kayaks to take home, but these students must purchase the necessary materials. The kits, from Redfish Kayaks, cost $1,695 or $1,295, depending on the model. 

    The class is ideal for beginning woodworkers, as well as more seasoned woodworkers who want to enhance their skills in hand tools and experience the comaraderie of working on wooden boats as a team. With minimum power tool use, students will focus on using planes, spoke shaves and various measuring tools to achieve a high degree of craftsmanship.

    The class will provide a strong base for anyone who wants to build a kayak on their own or with friends or family. Open studio time in the boatbuilding area within the BARN woodshop will be dedicated to strip kayak building in the fall.

    Questions about the class should be directed to Michael Gunderson at gunderhatch@yahoo.com.

    Instructors: Joe Greenley, founder of Redfish Kayaks,  and Michael Gunderson, head of the boatbuilding programs at BARN.

    • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island
    • 5

    Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts, in this three-session class. You will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during second and third sessions.

    Details:

    • Open to ages 8 and older, although those 12 and under must have an adult with them. No prior experience is needed.
    • All tools and materials will be provided at no extra fee.

    Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces.

    He was taught early on that he could make anything from wood and he is still trying to prove that statement wrong.

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • BARN small classroom, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA
    • 5

    Be ready to help if someone needs you. Learn how to operate the AED auto defibrilators recently installed near the elevators on each floor at BARN. Components of CPR will be included.

    This class is especially designed for BARN studio leaders and safety monitors, but it is open to anyone.

    Instructor: Wendy Jones, a registered nurse experienced in teaching CPR.

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • BARN small classroom, 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA
    • 7

    Be ready to help if someone needs you. Learn how to operate the AED auto defibrilators recently installed near the elevators on each floor at BARN. Components of CPR will be included.

    This class is especially designed for BARN studio leaders and safety monitors, but it is open to anyone.

    Instructor: Wendy Jones, a registered nurse experienced in teaching CPR.

    • Monday, October 02, 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Kitchen Arts Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI WA 98110
    • 15
    Early release 14 and over Cooks in the kitchen.


    prep and cook your meal.

    Marcela Sandoval is a classically trained Chef and has years of cooking abroad and instructing kids of all ages.  She will lead the cooking 101 class.  Knives, Pans, and cooking.  Skills and techniques will be taught.  And since cooking is 90 percent cleaning we will be cleaning as well.  Age 14 and above can sign up on their own.

    Please bring cash or check of $20.00 for materials fees

    • 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.

       

    • Monday, October 09, 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Kitchen Arts Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI WA 98110
    • 16
    Early release 14 and over Cooks in the kitchen.


    prep and cook your meal.

    Marcela Sandoval is a classically trained Chef and has years of cooking abroad and instructing kids of all ages.  She will lead the cooking 101 class.  Knives, Pans, and cooking.  Skills and techniques will be taught.  And since cooking is 90 percent cleaning we will be cleaning as well.  Age 14 and above can sign up on their own.

    Please bring cash or check of $20.00 for materials fees

    • Monday, October 16, 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Kitchen Arts Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI WA 98110
    • 16
    Early release 14 and over Cooks in the kitchen.


    prep and cook your meal.

    Marcela Sandoval is a classically trained Chef and has years of cooking abroad and instructing kids of all ages.  She will lead the cooking 101 class.  Knives, Pans, and cooking.  Skills and techniques will be taught.  And since cooking is 90 percent cleaning we will be cleaning as well.  Age 14 and above can sign up on their own.

    Please bring cash or check of $20.00 for materials fees

    • 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.

    • Monday, October 23, 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Kitchen Arts Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI WA 98110
    • 16
    Early release 14 and over Cooks in the kitchen.


    prep and cook your meal.

    Marcela Sandoval is a classically trained Chef and has years of cooking abroad and instructing kids of all ages.  She will lead the cooking 101 class.  Knives, Pans, and cooking.  Skills and techniques will be taught.  And since cooking is 90 percent cleaning we will be cleaning as well.  Age 14 and above can sign up on their own.

    Please bring cash or check of $20.00 for materials fees

    • 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.


    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Fiber Arts Studio - BARN - 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    Come to the Fiber Arts Studio on Saturday afternoon, 28th October, and try out Frame Loom fabric weaving.  Two sessions have been set up (12-2pm and 2-4pm).  Sign up for one or both!

    Frame Loom weaving uses strips of fabric for weaving.  Projects include anything from small cases to place mats, pillows, computer cases and rugs. Colors, patterns and tones are endless.

    The Fiber Arts Studio will Tie-Up (warp) a number of frame looms leaving the looms ready for you to weave.  You are invited to come in and try your hand at frame loom weaving.  Weavers will be available to get you started and guide you through.

    *If you don't know what frame loom weaving is, this is a great introduction.  

    * If you have thought about taking one of the frame loom weaving classes but weren't sure if you would like it, come by and try it out.

    *if you have a child/young adult that is interested in trying weaving, come on in with them.  


    Event Fees:  

    BARN Members:  Free

    Non-BARN Members:  $10

    Please register so that we know how many people to expect for looms and material planning. 

    Materials:

    The Fiber Arts Studio will provide fabric and small lap looms for use during this event. Donations to cover material costs are appreciated bu not required.  Suggested donation is $5 per project.



    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Fiber Arts Studio - BARN - 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    Come to the Fiber Arts Studio on Saturday afternoon, 28th October, and try out Frame Loom fabric weaving.  Two sessions have been set up (12-2pm and 2-4pm).  Sign up for one or both!

    Frame Loom weaving uses strips of fabric for weaving.  Projects include anything from small cases to place mats, pillows, computer cases and rugs. Colors, patterns and tones are endless.

    The Fiber Arts Studio will Tie-Up (warp) a number of frame looms leaving the looms ready for you to weave.  You are invited to come in and try your hand at frame loom weaving.  Weavers will be available to get you started and guide you through.

    *If you don't know what frame loom weaving is, this is a great introduction.  

    * If you have thought about taking one of the frame loom weaving classes but weren't sure if you would like it, come by and try it out.

    *if you have a child/young adult that is interested in trying weavings, come on in with them.  


    Event Fees:  

    BARN Members:  Free

    Non-BARN Members:  $10

    Please register for one (or both sessions) so that we know how many people to expect for looms and material planning. 

    Materials:

    The Fiber Arts Studio will provide fabric and small lap looms for use during this event.  Donations to cover material costs are appreciated bu not required.  Suggested donation is $5 per project.



    • Monday, October 30, 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • BARN Kitchen Arts Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, BI WA 98110
    • 16
    Early release 14 and over Cooks in the kitchen.


    prep and cook your meal.

    Marcela Sandoval is a classically trained Chef and has years of cooking abroad and instructing kids of all ages.  She will lead the cooking 101 class.  Knives, Pans, and cooking.  Skills and techniques will be taught.  And since cooking is 90 percent cleaning we will be cleaning as well.  Age 14 and above can sign up on their own.

    Please bring cash or check of $20.00 for materials fees

    • 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. 

    • 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.   

    • 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.   

    • 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.

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