Spark to Flame: Writing Micro-Fiction
Oct
10
to Nov 28

Spark to Flame: Writing Micro-Fiction

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Tuesdays, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.  Eight sessions, October 10 - November 28

$200 Max. 5 participants.

Micro, or flash, fiction distills a story to its essence. This workshop will focus on creating a new 300-word "narrative in miniature" each week, based on a given prompt. We will explore character development, narrative arc, and emotional resonance with this powerful story form. In a generous and generative format, writers will be encouraged to take risks with language and ideas, and be energized by writing tight, honing skills, and turning the spark of an idea into the flame of a story. Our goal is to inspire and nurture one another and ourselves as we expand possibilities for our creative practices.

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Needle Pulling Thread: How to Craft a Novel Beginning
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Needle Pulling Thread: How to Craft a Novel Beginning

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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! This workshop will look at a variety of approaches, with examples from classic, literary/commercial fiction, memoir. Writing prompts will be used to help you create depth and tension in your opening scene. 

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Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group
Oct
6
to Dec 1

Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group

Intermediate/Advanced: 8 sessions $200

Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. October 6- December 1 (no class November 24)

Maximum 5 students

Open to writers who have been writing for years, who may have attended a few workshops, and perhaps have had success in the publication world. Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current novel-in-progress—no matter what stage or genre—to read aloud.

If you are new to the group, please bring a one-page single-space synopsis of your novel to the first session, I will be in touch with you prior to the start of class to provide guidance on constructing the synopsis. If you are continuing from a previous workshop of mine, you may bring in your 1000-word segment of work.

You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this eight-week sessions are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

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The Art and Craft of the Query: A Nuts & Bolts Workshop
Jul
9
10:00 AM10:00

The Art and Craft of the Query: A Nuts & Bolts Workshop

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$140 Maximum 15 participants

You spent months, perhaps years, writing, revising, editing and polishing your novel or memoir. Your goal is to see it in bookstores and in the hands of readers. If you choose to pursue the traditional publishing road, this means having that manuscript accepted by a literary agent, or the editor of a small press. And your calling card is your query letter. You have one page—four or five paragraphs, four-hundred words—to sell your book, convey your voice, state your credentials, and make the case why, out of the hundreds of queries an agent receives each year, your story is one of the few she should represent.

This workshop will examine each element of a stand-alone query letter, with particular emphasis on crafting your book’s “hook”. We’ll also discuss how to find agents to query, and how the query and pitch processes works, but most of our time will be spent crafting your query letter. Even if your book is in the earliest stages—a first draft, an outline or collection of research notes—working on a query letter is an excellent way to articulate what you are writing about, who your readers are, and what sets your story apart from the rest.

Participants will have time to work separately on each section of their query letter in class and have the opportunity to receive feedback if they choose to share portions of their query with the group. The bulk of workshop time will be spent on the “meat” of the query: the hook. The goal is for each participant to leave with a working query that they can hone and polish as they plan their submission process.

*This workshop will focus on works of fiction and memoir; narrative nonfiction queries are usually accompanied by substantive proposals, which are animals of a different sort. But non-fiction writers are encouraged to participate; the basic principles and sources of information hold true for any one-page query letter, which all writers will be expected to present.

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Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group
Jun
30
to Aug 25

Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group

Maximum 5 students Duration: 8 sessions $160 Mondays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Begins Thursday, June 30; Ends Thursday, August 25 No class July 21


 Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels or memoirs in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel/memoir or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

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Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group
Jun
20
to Aug 22

Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group

Maximum 5 students Duration: 8 sessions $160 Mondays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Begins Monday, June 20; Ends Monday, August 29. No class July 4th or July 18


 Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels or memoirs in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel/memoir or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

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A Needle Pulling Thread: How to Write Your Story's Beginning
May
21
1:00 PM13:00

A Needle Pulling Thread: How to Write Your Story's Beginning

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MAXIMUM 12 PARTICIPANTS

$80

Thou marvell'st at my words, but hold thee still; Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.' William Shakespeare: Macbeth, Act III, Scene 2.

A dynamic beginning to your novel or memoir is where you catch and hold, or lose, the interest of readers. Opening scenes introduce readers to your protagonist, her/his world, goals, what's at stake, possible consequences of action or inaction, and hints at or even reveals your story's themes. Given all that a beginning must do, it's no wonder that an opening scene is often the most difficult to write. 

This workshop will look at several ways to approach the opening scene, with examples from classic, literary and commercial fiction and memoir. Participants are welcome to bring in the first 500 words of a work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback (optional, but strongly encouraged). Writing prompts will be used to help you find or create depth and tension in your opening scene. 

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Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group
Mar
31
to Jun 11

Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group

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Thursday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning March 30, ending June 11, 2016

Maximum 5 students Duration: 10 sessions $175

 Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels or memoirs in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel/memoir or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

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Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group
Jan
11
to Mar 14

Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group

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Mondays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning January 11, ending March 14, 2015

Maximum 5 students Duration: 10 sessions $175

 Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels or memoirs in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel/memoir or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

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Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group
Jan
7
to Mar 10

Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group

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Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning January 7, ending March 10, 2015

Maximum 5 students Duration: 10 sessions $175

Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels or memoirs in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel/memoir or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

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Sep
19
1:00 PM13:00

The Art and Craft of the Query: Part 2 “Workshop” Your Query!*

Saturday, September 16 1:00-5:00 p.m. Maximum 6 participants $50

To register, call The Writers' Workshoppe, 1-360-379-2617

Whether you attended The Art and Craft of the Query: Part 1, The Nuts and Bolts in July, or you have a draft of a query letter in need of review, this workshop will help you prepare the final draft. We’ll look at each query letter, assess its effectiveness and impact, and work together to sharpen the query’s essentials with particular emphasis on the pitch.

Please bring six drafts of your query letter to share. Your query should be fully-formed—we won’t be writing letters from scratch—but don’t worry if it’s rough. The goal of this workshop is to refine your query so it’s an irresistible call to action for a literary agent to represent your work.

*This workshop will focus on works of fiction and memoir; narrative nonfiction queries are usually accompanied by substantive proposals, which are animals of a different sort. But non-fiction writers are encouraged to participate; the basic principles hold true for any one-page query letter, which all writers will be expected to present.

 

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Sep
15
to Nov 17

Novel-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group

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Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning September 15, ending November 17, 2015 

Maximum: 5 participants Duration: 10 sessions Cost: $150

To register, call The Writers' Workshoppe, 1-360-379-2617

Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel or polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current novel-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

For the first session, Tuesday, September 15, please bring 5 copies of a 1-2 page synopsis of your Novel-In-Progress, even if your novel is not complete and you aren't sure quite where it's going. This will give you an opportunity to articulate your vision and for us to become more familiar with your story. 

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Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

The Art and Craft of the Query: a Nuts and Bolts Workshop

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Sat. July 25th, 10:00-4:00 p.m. The Writers' Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA
Cost: $75 12 participants maximum

Register: The Writers' Workshoppe 1-360-379-2617

Workshop Description:

You spent months, perhaps years, writing, revising, editing and polishing your novel or memoir. Your goal is to see it in bookstores and in the hands of readers. If you choose to pursue the traditional publishing road, this means having that manuscript accepted by a literary agent, or the editor of a small press.  And your calling card is your query letter. You have one page—four or five paragraphs, four-hundred words—to sell your book, convey your voice, state your credentials, and make the case why, out of the hundreds of queries an agent receives each year, your story is one of the few she should represent.

 This workshop will examine each element of a stand-alone query letter, with particular emphasis on crafting your book’s “hook”.  We’ll also discuss how to find agents to query, and how the query and pitch processes works, but most of our time will be spent crafting your query letter. Even if your book is in the earliest stages—a first draft, an outline or collection of research notes—working on a query letter is an excellent way to articulate what you are writing about, who your readers are, and what sets your story apart from the rest.

 Participants will have time to work separately on each section of their query letter in class and have the opportunity to receive feedback if they choose to share portions of their query with the group. The bulk of workshop time will be spent on the “meat” of the query: the hook. The goal is for each participant to leave with a working query that they can hone and polish as they plan their submission process. 

*This workshop will focus on works of fiction and memoir; narrative nonfiction queries are usually accompanied by substantive proposals, which are animals of a different sort. But non-fiction writers are encouraged to participate; the basic principles and sources of information hold true for any one-page query letter, which all writers will be expected to present.

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