Writers' Classes

    • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
    • Wednesday, February 01, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Class time Pacific Time, Class Code: WR011823CL
    • 3
    Registration is closed

    Join a book club tailored to writers! Each 1.5-hour Zoom meeting includes a short discussion of the assigned reading chapters and relevant exercises to do together during the workshop. Think of it as a guided study group.

    This session will cover the entire book NAKED, DRUNK, AND WRITING by Adair Lara, which focuses on learning to write personal essays without insecurities.

    What to Bring

    • Assigned book 

    • Notebook or computer
    • Pen

    Details

    • Registration for this class closes at 6:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 17.
    • This class takes place via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event to the email address you used to register. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.

    Instructor

    Chelsea Leah - A lifelong journaling enthusiast, as well as a tech and culture writer, Chelsea's articles have appeared in WIRED and The Writer magazines. When not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book or her toes in the sand.
      • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
      • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Class time is Pacific Standard Time
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Write Now is a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we write for 25 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 is fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting. 

      The sessions are led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice.

      Additional sessions available on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am.

      Details

      • You can register at any time, 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  [email protected]



      • Thursday, February 02, 2023
      • Thursday, April 27, 2023
      • 13 sessions
      • Class time is Pacific Standard Time
      • 58
      Register

      Write Now is a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we write for 25 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 is fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting. 

      The sessions are led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice.

      Additional sessions available on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am.

      Details

      • You can register at any time, 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  [email protected]


      • Thursday, February 02, 2023
      • Thursday, March 02, 2023
      • 4 sessions
      • BARN's Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR020223WR
      • 7
      Register

      This series takes a look at character, setting, and dialog to give your writing more depth, shape and clarity.


      Whether you’re developing fiction or non-fiction, a cohesive and engaging story is essential. So often, at the mention of a good book or movie, our first question is, “What’s it about?” While plot is important, it's only one of the elements needed to hold your reader.

      Too often writers focus so much on “what happens” that the “who, where, and how” of the narrative, the important elements that allow the piece to be full, complete and “lived-in,” are neglected. It’s as if the plot is the house, and the rest are the furnishings and décor that make it a “home.”  

      About this Class

      Character, setting and dialog will be the focus of separate workshops designed to allow you to give your piece more depth, shape and clarity as you move forward.

      * Please note that for sessions 2-4, we ask participants come with a draft already in process (rough is OK!), as activities will be geared toward works-in-progress.

      Session 1: Let’s Get Writing!” We’ll engage with our creative mind through a series of prompts, activities, and games designed to increase fluency. We should all come away with a toolkit of ideas and inspiration for the meatier stuff later. 

      Session 2: Character. “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” Mining well-rounded and believable characters is probably the most important element in fiction. By combining brainstorming and craft exercises, you can add dimension to existing characters, develop new characters, and better view the world through the character’s point of view.

      Session 3: Setting/Place: “Where Am I and How Did I Get Here?” The well-defined “place” can establish mood, influence character choices/emotions, drive dialog, impact events, and so much more. In this session we look at how settings can be explored and woven into your work, whether in long form or subtle, carefully placed details. 

      Session 4: Dialog: “Am I Coming Through?” In this workshop, we look at effective dialog in fiction and film, and explore opportunities in our own pieces that can be further developed through character-to-character conversation. We’ll look at dialog that is internal and external, direct and indirect, verbal and nonverbal. 

      Details

      • BARN safety protocols can be found here.
      • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.

      Instructor

      Warren Read - Warren is the author of the novels, One Simple Thing (2021, Ig Publishing), and Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). His memoir, The Lyncher in Me, was released by Borealis Books in 2009. He received his MFA in 2015 from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. 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 on Bainbridge Island. Learn more about him at www.warren-read.com.


      • Tuesday, February 07, 2023
      • Tuesday, April 25, 2023
      • 12 sessions
      • Class time is Pacific Standard Time
      • 57
      Register

      Write Now is a weekly time to write in the company of others. Using Zoom to come together, we write for 25 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 is fun, exciting, and might be the thing to help you finish (or start...) your manuscript. These virtual sessions help participants set aside time to write and be with other writers in an informal setting. 

      The sessions are led by a rotating team of hosts including Jen Scheiderman, Amelia Ramsey, Kassia Sing, Genevieve Douglass, and Steve Bice.

      Additional sessions available on Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am.

      Details

      • You can register at any time, 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  [email protected]


      • Friday, February 10, 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA
      • 29
      Register

      Teens (7th-12th grade), come on down to BARN for a free evening of art, friends, music, and creativity!  You're not going to want to miss it. We'll have pizza and snacks and you'll get to choose from activities like cooking, woodworking, sewing, jewelry making, metal working, and more - every month is a different lineup. Come with a friend or come on your own and meet new friends! 

      Teen Night is so popular that we're now requiring registration to ensure that there's enough food and activities for everyone!

      Details

      • This is free but please register to save a spot.
      • Fill out a minor permission form . 
      • Teen nights are for students 7th-12th grade.
      • Registration closes when the registration limit is reached. 
      • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
      • All teens will be asked to sign in and confirm emergency contact information upon arrival. 
      • Some studio activities may require masks. 
      • Closed-toed shoes are required for all Teen Night activities.
      • View BARN’s current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
      • For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about our Companion Program.
      • Questions: Contact Sarah Jones at BARN at 206-842-4475 x224 or email: [email protected]

      We're grateful to the City of Bainbridge Island for their financial support so we can offer this event for teens in our community!  

      • Saturday, February 11, 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • The Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR021123BJ
      • 7
      Register

      Take an unbiased, unvarnished look at current publishing options and how to approach them, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses, to self-publishing (with or without service companies), to hybrid and other emerging models.

      Examine the pros and cons of each choice, realistic costs and income potential, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Most importantly, we’ll look at how each writer’s goals and strengths can help them make a decision that's best for them.


      This class will enable you to:

      1. Identify the broad range of choices available for publishing: big presses, small presses, independent self publishing, subsidy and “author assisted” presses, and emerging models. 

      2. Gain a realistic impression of the costs, timing, and logistics involved in producing a book. 

      3. Have clear guidelines (a checklist of questions) to help you consider the best options for your specific situation.

      Details

      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
      • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
      Instructor

      Beth Jusino -A publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors, Beth has almost 20 years' 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.

      • Tuesday, February 14, 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • The Great Room at BARN, Class code: WR021423
      • 15
      Register

      We cordially invite you to join us for a special speed-dating style writing group matching event on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, from 7 to 8:30 pm at BARN.

      This is a chance to meet fellow writers, find potential writing partners, and maybe even spark some creative chemistry. We will start with a short introduction and then move into some organized mingling.

      You will have the opportunity to chat with multiple people to help you find and form mutually supportive writing groups. We will have prompts and conversation starters available to help guide the conversation.

      We can't wait to see you there and help you find your perfect writing match!

      Details

      • Everyone who wants to participate must register for this free event. No drop- ins, please.
      • Please click Join Waitlist" if this event fills.

      Class Policies

      • Sunday, February 26, 2023
      • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      • The Great Room at BARN, Class code: WR022623JP
      • 25
      Register

      Join us for an exciting conversation (and vampires!) with local serial authors T.M Smith and Jen Pitts as they discuss their writing journey and latest works.

      Pitts is known for her cozy mysteries - "The French Quarter Mystery Series." Smith's novels, including her newest release, "The Firebrand," are paranormal romances. The two authors will discuss their newest works, share their insights on writing, answer questions from the audience, and discuss their future projects.

      This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring writers and fans of the genres to hear from two successful authors and gain valuable insights into the writing process. Refreshments will be served.

      Details

      • Everyone must register for this free event. No drop- ins, please.
      • Click "Join Waitlist" if this event fills.

      Class Policies

      • Saturday, March 04, 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • BARN's Great Room, Class Code: WR030423WD
      • 16
      Register

      Join us for an out-of-this-world look at writing science fiction. Learn the ins and outs of this exciting genre from the author of over 50 books. Bill will discuss the difference between sci-fi, speculative fiction, fantasy, and the many subgenres: hard science, space opera, steampunk, and others. He’ll delve into plots, world-building, how to create aliens, space travel, and more.

      Details

      • This class will be in the Great Room on the upper level just past the front desk.
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
      • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

      Instructor

      William C. Dietz - New York Times bestselling author William C. Dietz has published more than 50 novels, some of which have been translated into German, French, Russian, Korean, and Japanese. He also wrote the script for the Legion of the Damned game (iPhone, iTouch, and iPad) based on his book of the same name, and co-wrote SONY's Resistance: Burning Skies game for the PS Vita.He grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for half a year, and has traveled to six continents. Bill has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer, and director of public relations and marketing for an international telephone company.

      • Friday, March 10, 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA
      • 55
      Register
      • Saturday, March 11, 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • BARN's Great Room, Class Code: WR031123JG
      • 13
      Register

      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." 

      Details

      • This class will be in the Great Room on the upper level just past the front desk.
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
      • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.

      Instructor

      Julie Gardner - An Amherst Writers & Artists Affiliate, Julie has led WritersGathering groups, workshops and retreats in Seattle since 2011. She has offered classes at BARN since 2019 where participants say they learn more about their strengths and discovered new ones. Julie is the editor of Original Voices: Homeless and Formerly Homeless Women's Writings. Recent works have been featured in Passager's Pandemic DiariesPersimmon Treeand in Alone Together: Love, Grief and Comfort in the Time of Covid 19 which won the 2021 Washington State Book award for nonfiction. She is currently collaborating with librettists Kamala Sankaram and Kristin Martig leading workshops to generate lyrics for Joan of the City, a site-specific multi-media opera that uses augmented reality/mixed reality to tell the story of a modern-day Joan of Arc through Opera on Tap.

      Class Liaison: Jennifer Hemmingsen

      • Thursday, March 16, 2023
      • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • BARN's Writers' Studio, Class code: WR031623MS
      • 9
      Register

      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. 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.

      Format

      1. Brief introductions (say your name, what you write)
      2. Sit back and enjoy

      Very Important

      Everyone who wants to participate, whether as a reader or an appreciative audience participant, must register for this free event.

      Details

      • No drop-ins please. Please click Join Waitlist if this event fills.
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

      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!

      • Saturday, April 01, 2023
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • The Writers' Studio, Class Code: WR040123BB
      • 12
      Register

      Want to inject some humor into your writing? This class is designed to improve your comedic writing skills.

      About this Class

      Led by humorist Bob Balmer, this course studies successful humor writers and examines what makes people laugh. You'll learn time-tested techniques for transforming odd, embarrassing, memorable, and absurd moments into humorous passages.

      Through a series of exercises and prompts, students learn to mine their experiences and observations for comedic material and techniques for crafting jokes and humorous anecdotes. Students also have the opportunity to workshop their material and receive feedback from the instructor and their peers.

      Class Policies

      Instructor

      Bob Balmer's first humorous essay was published in The Oregonian in 1992. Since then, his work has appeared in numerous national and regional newspapers and magazines, and on radio shows such as The Savvy Traveler and MarketPlace.

      He has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University, and attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop and the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop at Reed College. He recently took improv and sketch-writing classes at Second City Comedy in Chicago. He has led numerous humor writing workshops throughout Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.

      • Friday, April 14, 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA
      • 57
      Register

      Teens (7th-12th grade), come on down to BARN for a free evening of art, friends, music, and creativity!  You're not going to want to miss it. We'll have pizza and snacks and you'll get to choose from activities like cooking, woodworking, sewing, jewelry making, metal working, and more - every month is a different lineup. Come with a friend or come on your own and meet new friends! 

      Teen Night is so popular that we're now requiring registration to ensure that there's enough food and activities for everyone!

      Details

      • This is free but please register to save a spot.
      • Fill out a minor permission form . 
      • Teen nights are for students 7th-12th grade.
      • Registration closes when the registration limit is reached. 
      • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
      • All teens will be asked to sign in and confirm emergency contact information upon arrival. 
      • Some studio activities may require masks. 
      • Closed-toed shoes are required for all Teen Night activities.
      • View BARN’s current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
      • For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about our Companion Program.
      • Questions: Contact Sarah Jones at BARN at 206-842-4475 x224 or email: [email protected]

      We're grateful to the City of Bainbridge Island for their financial support so we can offer this event for teens in our community!  

      • Saturday, April 15, 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
      • The Writers' Studio at BARN, Class Code: WR041523DH
      • 7
      Register

      What does “heartfelt” even mean? How do you write an “authentic” character?

      As writers, we're 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. In this class, we use those experiences to gather heartfelt story lines for our own works in progress or new ideas. We explore our own memories and stories to create unique characters with the necessary emotional journeys for authentic characters that only you can write. We also ask questions to help you discover the elusive part missing from most stories.

      When completed, you will have the heart of your story.

      Details

      • There will be a short break for lunch. There is a community kitchen on the first floor with a refrigerator and microwave for your use. 
      • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
      • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

      Instructor

      Donna Barba Higuera - This New York Times bestselling author has written 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 spent 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.She lives in Washington with her husband, four kids, three dogs and a frog. 

      You can read more about her books at dbhiguera.com

      • Friday, May 12, 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA
      • 57
      Register

      Teens (7th-12th grade), come on down to BARN for a free evening of art, friends, music, and creativity!  You're not going to want to miss it. We'll have pizza and snacks and you'll get to choose from activities like cooking, woodworking, sewing, jewelry making, metal working, and more - every month is a different lineup. Come with a friend or come on your own and meet new friends! 

      Teen Night is so popular that we're now requiring registration to ensure that there's enough food and activities for everyone!

      Details

      • This is free but please register to save a spot.
      • Fill out a minor permission form . 
      • Teen nights are for students 7th-12th grade.
      • Registration closes when the registration limit is reached. 
      • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
      • All teens will be asked to sign in and confirm emergency contact information upon arrival. 
      • Some studio activities may require masks. 
      • Closed-toed shoes are required for all Teen Night activities.
      • View BARN’s current COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
      • For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about our Companion Program.
      • Questions: Contact Sarah Jones at BARN at 206-842-4475 x224 or email: [email protected]

      We're grateful to the City of Bainbridge Island for their financial support so we can offer this event for teens in our community!  

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