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The Writers Studio is happy to announce the revival of Word Sprint-- 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
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: Mary Sloat [email protected]
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.
Studio Lead: Mary Sloat [email protected]
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
We’re excited to offer another salon via Zoom for writers of ALL levels of experience to read their work to an appreciative audience. All of this takes place from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer with a microphone.
This is a great opportunity to practice reading for your own book signings and a wonderful chance to reach new readers and meet people who love words as much as you do.
We will have slots for 12 readers to read five-minute selections. Keeping to a prescribed time limit is a skill and a courtesy all writers need to learn. (Of course you don’t have to use the entire five minutes if you have something very short.) Please register for "Reader" soon in order to snag one of these spots. We will also have plenty of room in cyberspace for members of the audience to enjoy some great readings.
Martha Kay Salinas writes young adult fiction and spends way too much time writing for Facebook instead of working on her blog. In an earlier life she worked as a marriage and family therapist. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 2015, and she’s currently writing a young adult novel set in 1968.
This is a BARN holiday. Doors will be locked to members and non-members.
*Class will be held in BARN's Great Room.
From Manga (Astroboy!) to Philip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle!), speculative fiction gathers stories from many corners of the writing universe. Speculative fiction includes any work that uses fantasy, science fiction, horror, science fantasy, superhero, and the supernatural.
This is a workshop for writers with at least one chapter or story in progress. The class will discuss shared work in a supportive manner. The goal is to bring it closer to a work that can be published and enjoyed by a wider audience. Some of the basics of craft will be covered, including setting (world building), dialogue, conflict, the use of time (flashbacks, parallel timelines, etc), and in particular, character development. We will read either a story collection or a novel together in order to provide common ground for discussion.
Bio: Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction, essays and creative nonfiction, including recent works in science fiction and fantasy anthologies. An Island Treasure in the Arts, she has extensive experience teaching at the MFA level, as well as in all-age classrooms. Kathleen’s books include Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, Spirits of the Ordinary, The Flower in the Skull, Treasures in Heaven, The Desert Remembers My Name, and The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island.
A good critique group can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable feedback, a reliable routine, and much-needed support. Finding a group on your own can be daunting, though, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. Attendees will be invited, but not required, to share their work (a 1-2 minute excerpt), genre, expectations, and contact information, and from there will be given the opportunity to connect and organize their own critique groups. Those seeking critique groups who are unable to attend are invited to send their contact information to the host at [email protected] to be included in the contact handout.
Amelia Ramsey is the author of Lomax Coyote and the Fir Fiddle, as well as dozens of independently published romance novels and novellas. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College.
If you’re struggling to understand plotting and plot structure, the answer may lie not in books but on the screen. Learn screenplay plotting techniques to help rescue your novel from a flat opening, a sagging middle, a weak climax, and a boring hero. In this class, we’ll discuss several popular screenplay plotting methods including the class three-act structure, beat sheets, and the nutshell method. Join Tiffany Reisz, USA Today bestselling author for this two-hour online seminar. For all levels.
Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin's Mira Books.
Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky's Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.
Tiffany also writes mainstream women's suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief (winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.
Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.
Tiffany lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.
Writing and publishing are two very different experiences, and every book has its own journey from first drafts to bookshop shelves. Jen will share what she’s learned in her experiences writing and publishing three YA novels in three unique ways all with the same publisher. The class will start with book-writing basics then dive into publishing. From outlining a novel and making time to write to query letters, agent-seeking, and how titles and covers are created, there are so many pitfalls and moments of joy to be found in traditional publishing. Also, there will be snacks!
Jennifer Longo writes novels for Random House Books. What I Carry is the 2021 Washington State Book Award YA and 2022 Iowa State Library All Reads YA winner. SIX FEET OVER IT received stars from KIRKUS and The Bulletin, is a 2015 Washington State Book Award finalist, and a VOYA Perfect Ten. UP TO THIS POINTE is a 2017 Washington State Book Award finalist, YALSA 2017 Best Fiction YA shortlist, and starred by The Bulletin and Shelf Awareness. Jennifer lives with her family on Bainbridge Island.
Calling all aspiring writers for children and teens. Are you interested in learning more about writing and getting books published for children and young adults? Join us for this introduction: to resources, to the children’s book industry, and to information about writing for this unique audience. This session will be followed by a Q and A period.
Jolie Stekly has worked with leading experts in the children’s publishing industry for the past 20 years as a writer, freelance editor, instructor, coach, and consultant. She is a recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Member of the Year award. A long-time, active member of the SCBWI, she now presents the orientation for first-time attendees yearly at the summer conference in Los Angeles. She’s also a member of SCBWI’s Team Blog, and a former regional advisor in Western Washington. Jolie holds a master’s in teaching degree, and currently teaches writing classes to both pre-published and published writers of books kids and teens, including a picture book course offered by University of Washington’s Certificate in Writing Program. Learn more at joliestekly.com and follow Jolie both on Instagram and Twitter (@cuppajolie).
Scenes are the basic units of all stories. They are “the most vivid and immediate part of a story, the place where the reader is the most emotionally involved, the part that leaves the reader with images and a memory of the action.” (Sandra Scofield) We’ll discuss different types of scenes and the elements that can make all scenes powerful enough to move your story forward. Come prepared to try a few writing exercises.
Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013 and winner of the Westchester Award. Her other novels include the Celtic Mythology duo Beyond the Door and The Telling Stone, and most recently Between Before and After, one of Barnes and Nobles most anticipated historical fictions for 2019. Big Ideas for Little Philosophers, a 4 book series featuring Socrates, Descartes, Aristotle and DeBeauvior, for preschoolers, releases in July 2020 to be followed by Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists.
Whether you write fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir, the characters and real folks who populate your pages must ring true to your readers. We crave more than three dimensions when reading protagonists and other characters, but how can you write those more fully realized humans? Come discover a treasure chest full of easy but not-the-usual techniques for creating living, breathing characters readers will long remember. Beginning through advanced writers welcome.
Jennie Shortridge is a teacher, editor, and bestselling author of five novels, including Love Water Memory. Her fiction and nonfiction work has been published for over twenty-five years. From the outset, a love of writing and helping others surmount writing obstacles led her to teaching in a variety of settings, including conferences, literary organizations, and nonprofits. She is currently at work on a memoir.
We invite BARN Staff, Board Members, and Studio Committee Members to join us on Zoom on Monday, February 28th from 5-6:30pm for our fourth annual BARN Community Meeting where we gather to discuss topics relevant to the future of BARN.
More information about this year's topics will be posted soon. You will be notified when registration opens.
Whether this is your first full manuscript or your tenth, you’re committed to completing a full, polished work of fiction. Michele Bacon is here to support you on that journey. From finding your voice to finding your story to character development to plotting to doing the work of writing, we’ll hammer out the details individually and as a group. Students will share work with the class and critique classmates’ work to make us all better readers and better writers. This course includes ten three-hour classes and two one-on-one consults with the instructor.
Within this course, students will create:
Michele to hold 1-on-1 Zoom conversations with each student at an agreed time between March 19 and April 2.
Michele to hold 1-on-1 Zoom conversations with each student at an agreed time between April 30 and May 14.
Michele Bacon is the author of contemporary young adult novels Antipodes and Life Before. Michele was drawn to people’s stories from a young age, and she remains eager to hear how you met your best friend, got that scar, or fell in love. Michele writes about friends, families, and fooling around (in both senses of that phrase). When she’s not writing, Michele skis, blows glass, plays tabletop games, plays roller derby, travels, and dreams of travel. She’s visited all 50 states and dozens of countries, always eager to hear people’s stories and immerse herself in other cultures. Wherever she goes, Michele enjoys helping writers find their voices and tell their stories. And she loves coming home to Seattle, where she lives with her partner and three young children.
Writing groups can provide support, feedback, networking opportunities, and a crucial learning environment. But what makes a successful writing group? And how can you create your own? This three-hour class will go over the basics, as well as provide time and opportunities to take those theoretical concepts out for a practical test drive. What works best for you? And how can you make it part of your writing practice?
Erica Bauermeister is the NYT bestselling author of four novels including The School of Essential Ingredients and The Scent Keeper (a Reese’s Book Club pick). Her most recent work is a memoir entitled House Lessons: Renovating a Life. She earned a PhD in literature from the U.W. and is the co-author of two readers’ guides: 500 Great Books By Women, and Let’s Hear It For the Girls. She currently lives in Port Townsend, WA.
First chapters of novels serve a variety of functions—hooking and reeling the reader in, establishing character, previewing what’s to come, and pushing the reader to stay engaged. For the writer, that opening chapter can be both frustrating and terrifying. At best, the opening is a springboard for the rest of the novel, and it’s easy to get mired in the quest to make it “perfect” before moving on.
In this workshop, we’ll look closely at several “first chapters” of novels (provided ahead of time), both well-known and, perhaps, less so. How does the author “open the curtain” for the rest of the novel in a way that sets up what is to follow? What elements exist to engage the reader and make them want to continue on the journey? The class is open to readers and writers of all levels of experience.
Warren Read is the author of the novels, One Simple Thing (2021, Ig Publishing), and Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). In 2009 his memoir, The Lyncher in Me was released by Borealis Books. His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback Magazine and the Christmas issue of East Bay Review. He is an assistant principal in Bainbridge Island, WA; in 2015 he received his MFA in from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Learn more about Warren at www.warren-read.com.
Celebrate National Poetry Month by joining us for the reception of the annual Ars Poetica at BARN. You’ll see thirty works from the Fiber Arts studio inspired by poems contributed from the Writers’ studio. It will be a grand opportunity to hear from the fiber artists and poets about what inspired their work. You can enjoy the show as well as some refreshments.
Have you decided to take publishing into your own hands, and independently release your work to the world? Or are you wondering if this is a good choice for you? This is a growing market, and things change quickly. We will walk, step by step, through the self-publishing process, examining current opportunities and realities of independent publishing from a variety of perspectives. We’ll discuss content, formatting choices (print? ebook? audio? translations?), hiring freelancers, pricing, distribution options, and how to evaluate what options are best for your unique project. This class gets past the hype and examines the practical decisions that need to be made, realistic costs and income potential, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Most importantly, it helps writers evaluate self publishing in light of their own goals, strengths, and audience.
Beth Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors, with almost 20 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.
Enjoy an afternoon of creative hands-on activities in BARN's 10 artisan studios. It's free, and open to all ages.
Many activities are planned in all 10 of our studios for this very special day. More information will be posted in March 2022.
Kristina Sutherland Rowell is a playwright and teaching artist based in Seattle. Kristina has over 17 years of professional teaching experience in the Puget Sound region. She enjoys leading playwriting and collaborative play creation classes for students of all ages. Kristina created and led playwriting courses for adult learners at ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theater, and Macha Monkey Productions. She has taught hundreds of beginning to advanced playwriting students since 2004.
Kristina is also the author of several critically acclaimed plays including With Dignity, Thebes and Franklin and Figaro. Her play Nancy, Frank, and Joe, co-written with Desiree Prewitt, was nominated for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award in 2010. Kristina’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, and across Canada in numerous fringe theatre festivals. Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University and her Master in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.
Learning the craft is only the beginning of a writer’s journey. After your story is told you must share your work with friends, classmates, agents, editors, and readers. This is what we call being an author, and it is what beginning and experienced writers alike find most challenging in their working lives. Based on his popular books
Fearless Writing: How To Create Boldly and Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer’s Guide to the End of Self-Doubt, Kenower leads a guided roundtable discussion where participants can talk candidly about the real barriers to writing success –questions of voice, intelligence, time, money, and talent.
Drawing upon twenty-five years as a writer, as well as his conversations with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning writers, Author magazine Editor-in-Chief Bill Kenower breaks down the major emotional obstacles writers of all experience levels experience on a daily basis.
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.
Like it or not, marketing is part of a modern author’s job description, and it starts long before the book comes out. This is a class for the writers who are baffled when an agent or publisher asks them to describe their “platform,” and for writers who are considering self-publishing but don’t know how to find early adopters. With lots of time for discussion and guided assignments between classes to help students create personalized marketing plans, we'll explore a variety of practical, inexpensive, and realistic ways for “pre-published” authors to gather a community of readers and influencers.
BARN's Annual Fundraiser Event
(Open Studios OK until 3, Classes OK until 1pm)
Reserved by Tammie on 10/19 at 11:30 am