Writers' Classes

    • Tuesday, May 04, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, June 29, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Class time is Pacific Standard Time
    • 1
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    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    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


    Details:

    • 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   Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Thursday, May 06, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, June 24, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • Class time is Pacific Standard Time
    • 1
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    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


    Details:

    • You can register at any time even if some sessions have passed.
    • 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.

    • 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  Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Saturday, May 15, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Class time is Pacific Time, Class Code WR051521BJ
    • 6
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    How clearly can you see your own work? In this class, you’ll learn how a professional developmental editor evaluates the “big picture” effectiveness of a novel—including plot, characterization, setting, pacing, and craft—and how to apply that same perspective to your own work. We’ll explore specific questions you can ask as you’re re-reading your work, exercises to help you see your work from a fresh perspective, common issues that trip up writers, and a few tips and tricks to help you tackle revisions. This is also a valuable class for anyone in a critique group who wants to provide clearer feedback to their writing partners.

    Attendees will…

    • Be challenged to consider their work from a fresh, outsider perspective.
    • Gain a checklist of impartial questions to help them evaluate specific aspects of their work in progress.
    • Understand the process of developmental editing.
    • Learn tools that will help you as beta readers and critique partners.

    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Thursday, May 13th at 1:00 pm (PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME).
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the class start. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given.

    Instructor Bio:

    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.


    • Thursday, May 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Class is Pacific Daylight Time, Class Code: WR052021CC
    • 86
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    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Sit down with Carol Cassella for a conversation about her work in which she explores lives touched by addiction, malpractice, immigration, and tragedy. She’ll be joined by Amanda Mander of the Writers’ Studio Steering Committee.

    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Tuesday, May 18th at 7:00pm (Pacific Daylight Time).
    • This class will be presented via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the class. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given.


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    • Monday, May 24, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Class time is Pacific Time-Zoom Room 1, Class Code OA05242021
    • 14
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Are you looking to delve into selling your work, or bolster a business that may have slowed over the last year? This class is designed to support artisans and others who are looking to hone their business skills particularly in the area of product packaging, pricing & promotion. Experienced business consultant Stuart Walton will share information and guidance on how to create a practical one-page business plan in a changing marketplace. He’ll touch on business licensing and legal structure as well as other steps you can take to become an even more organized business owner. After a presentation there will be time to ask questions and get individualized advice. We hope this workshop will help you take your business to the next level!

    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Saturday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm (Pacific Daylight Time).
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. You will need a laptop, desktop or tablet to join this class.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the class start. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given.


    Instructor Bio:

    This class is taught by long-time Bainbridge Island business owner Stuart Walton. Stuart has taught entrepreneurial training classes for over 12 years and is recognized as a business specialist who lectured at many local and state events and given lectures local universities. He has presented nationally and internationally including at the White House Counsel for Building Small Businesses. and the Asset Building Coalition for the State of Washington. Stuart was a Bainbridge Island Historical Society board member, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Winslow Way Property Owners Association, Chairperson of the Business Development Committee on the Winslow Tomorrow project, Boy Scout Leader, and with his wife owned Paper Products on Winslow Way for 12 years.


    • Thursday, June 24, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Class time is Pacific Time, Class Code WR062421MC
    • 15
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    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    The best characters are much more than their physical characteristics; they are fully rounded, multi-dimensional, and capable of plunging a reader into an emotionally fulfilling adventure, another world and another life. In this workshop we will look at the psychology of characterization, self concept, backstory, and the emotional arc as tools for creating intricate and complex characters with conflicts, motivations, challenges and pasts that bring them alive on the page.


    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:30pm (Pacific Daylight Time).
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given.

    Instructor Bio:

    Megan Chance is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of several novels. Her novel Bone River was an Amazon Book of the Month, A Drop of Ink was an Editors' Choice of the Historical Novel Society, and An Inconvenient Wife was an IndieNext pick. In addition to her historical fiction novels, Chance is the author of the young adult Fianna Trilogy, short stories, and eight historical romance novels. Her novels have been translated into several different languages. She is also a popular workshop speaker whose speaking credits include the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Romance Writers of America National Conference, Edmonds Write on the Sound Conference, the Seattle Assistance League, Timberland Regional Libraries, and many others.

    • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Class Time is Pacific Time, Class Code WR063021MD-W
    • 13
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    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Haiku is more than counting syllables, and you can apply its refined techniques as a literary art to other kinds poetry and prose. Haiku can teach you how to control the sharp image, an emphasis on now, implication vs. explanation, seasonal awareness, objectivity vs. subjectivity, and more. This interactive class will dig into haiku to generate common "targets" (not rules) for haiku in English, and help you improve your haiku or apply haiku strategies to all your writing. We'll also cover some of the history of haiku in Japanese and English, and end with writing exercises plus optional sharing and discussion.

    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Monday, June 28th at 6:30pm (Pacific Time)
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given.


    Instructor Bio:

    Michael Dylan Welch is president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword, and for 15 years has also curated Redmond's monthly SoulFood Poetry Night. He has served two years as Redmond poet laureate. Michael is also cofounder of the Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996), founder of the Tanka Society of America (2000), the Seabeck Haiku Getaway (2008), and National Haiku Writing Month (2010).

    He currently coedits First Frost, a new haiku journal. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, anthologies, and his own books, in at least 20 languages, and he was won first place in numerous haiku contests. In 2012, one of his waka translations from the Japanese was printed on the back of 150 million U.S. postage stamps, and in 2013 he was keynote speaker for the Haiku International Association conference in Tokyo. Michael's website, devoted mostly to haiku and other poetry, is www.graceguts.com.


    • Thursday, July 08, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, July 29, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Class Time is Pacific Time, Class Code WR070821WR
    • 11
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    It’s time to take your writing seriously. Warren Read—writer, educator, and published author—will guide you through the creative development of the short story in this four-session workshop. 

    The class will cover the elements of a fully realized short story: character development, setting, dialogue, and point of view. Each session will include writing advice, fluency prompts, sharing your work with class members, and writing groups/workshopping. Between meetings, you will focus on developing your short story.

    All levels of writers are welcome. We ask that you come to class with either a draft already in motion, or at least a thumbnail sketch of an idea in mind. The first class will focus on the exploration of what you already have in place.

    Participants might take a look at the book, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, for ideas on how to get started. You are encouraged to get a copy from the library, Eagle Harbor Books, Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, and others. 



    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Tuesday, July 6th at 6:30pm (Pacific Time)
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given.


    Instructor Bio:

    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


    • Monday, July 19, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, July 22, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Outdoor Classroom2, Class Code: WR072020BS
    • 0
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    This four session course will walk students through the process of creating their own comics and graphic novels from idea to finished product. Topics covered included elements of story telling, creating narrative, creating characters, drawing, inking, and coloring comics.

    Billy Simms is an award winning artist and educator. He holds a BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in theatrical scenic and lighting design, an MS from The Johns Hopkins University in special education, and an MFA in studio art from Miami University. He lives in Hamilton, OH with his wife and four cats.

    Details:

    Age LevelYouth Class, Ages 12-18.

    • Registration will close on Saturday, July 17th.
    • This class will be held in BARN's outdoor classroom located in the back.
    • To register your youth please put in the NAME field your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours). Please fill out the youth's birth year field. All reminder emails will be sent to the email you registered with.
    • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1pm for the week of this class.
    • Please complete and return this fill-able PDF minor participation permission form. If you have questions about the minor participation form, please contact Program Manager, Jess Henderson at Jessh@bainbridgebarn.org.
    • BARN will be practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Students and instructors will be required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of six feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick.  More details can be found here.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 

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