Writers' Classes

    • Friday, November 20, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (PST)
    • Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN wide event

    Click here to visit our online shops! Link will be active on Friday, November 20.

    BARN Bazaar Goes Online

    Buy direct from the maker at this annual celebration of the creativity that happens at BARN. From jewelry to wood arts, basketry to weaving, you will find an unmatched selection of original hand-crafted items. The Bazaar opens Friday, November 20 at 10:00 AM at Bazaar.BainbridgeBARN.org .

    This is the first time that the Bazaar has been held online – usually it is at BARN on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year you will have until December 15 to make your selections.

    Remember that most of these items are one-of-a-kind and will be removed from the site once they have been purchased.

    All the items offered at the Bazaar were made by BARN members. Each participating member has their own “store” within the Bazaar site. All proceeds, less taxes and administrative costs, go directly to the artisans.

    All purchases will be picked up at BARN via curbside pickup. Pick one of the available times at least 4 days after your transaction, drive in front of the BARN facility, call the number out front and we’ll bring your purchase out to your car.

    Questions? Contact our Membership Coordinator by email at membership@bainbridgebarn.org, or by phone at 206-842-4475 


    • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    • (PST)
    • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • (PST)
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Writers Zoom Room
    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:

    • 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 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: Sallie Maron  Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Thursday, November 26, 2020
    • (PST)
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • (PST)
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Writers Zoom Room
    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 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 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: Sallie Maron  Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • BARN Writers Zoom Room
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Join us for a conversation with Jonathan Evison, New York Times Bestselling author of All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (made into a movie), This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, and Lawn Boy (set on Bainbridge Island where he grew up).

    His latest novel, Legends of the North Cascades, will be published in 2021.

    Johnny will talk about his books, his writing process, his family, and whatever else comes to mind. Prepare to be informed, enlightened, moved, and amused.

    The format will be conversational so come prepared to pick his brain. What an opportunity!

    Jonathan Evison lives with his wife and family on Bainbridge Island and near Sequim.


    Details:

    • 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 one day prior to the event to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email

    Studio Lead: Sallie Maron  Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • BARN Writers Zoom Room, Class Code WR121720FK
    Register
    **This event will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Have you ever wondered what agents do? How they find writers? What they eat for breakfast? Now is your chance to find out. Fiona Kenshole of Transatlantic Agency will join us for a special evening to talk about her job and to answer (as many as she can get to) your questions. We invite you to submit your questions in advance by sending them to: writerslead@bainbridgebarn.org. That will help Fiona focus on those things you most want to know. All questions received by December 1 will be considered. You can also ask questions during the event.

    Fiona says, "I love the midwifery of being an agent, from getting your debut published to doing your movie deal. At Transatlantic we like to sell your book to publishers all over the world so I work with co-agents in 28 countries, selling worldwide rights. I specialize in children’s and YA from picture books to older teenage, and also represent a small number of adult nonfiction titles."

    Details:

    • This event will be conducted via Zoom. 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. Please watch for this email.

    Speaker Bio:

    Fiona Kenshole was VP of Development Acquisition at Laika, working on the Oscar-nominated THE BOXTROLLS. Previously she published authors including Michael Bond (Paddington Bear), P.L Travers (Mary Poppins) and the Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and was UK editor for Beverley Cleary, Lois Lowry, Bruce Coville, Gary Paulsen and Cynthia Voigt. She was nominated for “Editor of the Year” at the British Book Awards. Her recent successes include Rosanne Parry’s MG A WOLF CALLED WANDER (Greenwillow) which has spent the last 46 weeks in the NYT bestseller list and has sold in 14 languages and Vicki Grant’s YA romcom, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU (Running Press), which sold in 22 languages


    • Thursday, January 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • BARN Writers' Zoom Room
    • 95
    Register

    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.

    Format:

    1. Brief introductions. (Say your name, what you write, and give us a wave.)
    2. At this point, everyone except the reader will be muted by the host. 
    3. Five-minute intermission. Everyone will be unmuted to chat or do whatever needs to be done.
    4. We’ll unmute everyone, and those who want to hang out can chat for a bit.

    Please don’t be afraid to try this. I had my doubts that it would work until I took part in a Zoom salon with another group. It’s more relaxed than standing at a podium! We had a wonderful time, and it was great to see new faces.

    Martha Kay Salinas writes young adult fiction and spends way too much time writing for Facebook instead of w

    orking 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.


    Details:

    • This class will be live streamed via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A link will be sent to the email account you registered with. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder.
    • Saturday, January 16, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PST)
    • BARN Writers Zoom Room, Class Code WR011621MS
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Have ever dreamed of writing a novel? Or have you started a book project and found yourself floundering? If so, please join us for this survey class on the basics of writing fiction. They include:

    • Character
    • Plot
    • Point of view
    • Setting
    • Dialogue
    • Scene

    We’ll also touch on a few highlights regarding publishing and pitching your work.

    You’ll hear an overview of these topics and then have some time for questions and discussion. After the class, you will be sent a handout with the names of great books on writing and websites that will help you begin your journey as a writer. Come prepared to take notes and ask questions.

    Level: Beginner (Writers of nonfiction are also welcome to attend.)


    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Day and date.
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • 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:

    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.


    • Thursday, January 21, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
    • BARN Writers Zoom Room
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    We’re thrilled to have Jon Mooallem as our guest for our first Third Thursday event of 2021. Join us to hear Jon share engaging stories and insights about his writing journey. Be prepared to be inspired!

    Jon Mooallem is the author of THIS IS CHANCE! and WILD ONES, a longtime writer at large for The New York Times Magazine, and a contributor to numerous other magazines and radio shows, including This American Life, Radiolab and Wired. He has spoken at TED and collaborated with members of the Decemberists on musical storytelling projects.


    Details:

    • This event will be conducted via the Zoom video conferencing program. 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 you registered with. Please watch for this email

    Studio Lead: Sallie Maron  Writers.Lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Saturday, February 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN Writers Zoom Room, Class Code WR021321TR
    Register
    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom and is for ages 18+.** 

    Does your book need a love scene? Will readers want and expect it? How do you write a believable love scene that makes readers fall even more in love with your characters? Are love scenes only for romance novels or is there room for love and lust on the pages of mystery novels, sci-fi novels, and fantasy novels? 

    In this class, RITA-winning and USA Today bestselling erotic romance author Tiffany Reisz will instruct explore the art of writing love scenes in novels by reading some of the best (and worst) love scenes in modern fiction and analyzing what works, what doesn’t, and what we can learn from them as authors of adult fiction. This class is for ages 18 and up only.

    Instructor Bio:

    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.


    Details:

    • Registration for this class will close on Friday, February 12 at 12pm.
    • 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.


    • Saturday, February 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN Writers Zoom, Class Code: WR022021AF
    Register

    **This event will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Indie-publishing is an increasingly viable option for writers to get their books into the world, but many new authors experience frustration when their books don't sell as well as they'd hoped. In this workshop, A.C. Fuller will talk through marketing techniques for indie writers, including:
    *Release strategies
    *Book covers and genres
    *Email lists
    *Book promotion websites
    *Social media
    *Advertising platforms such as Facebook and Amazon

    This workshop is an introductory class.  A.C. Fuller last taught this popular class on February 16, 2019.  If you have already taken this Part 1 class, then you are ready for Part 2 (Advanced Marketing for Indie Authors) on Saturday, February 27th.

    Instructor Bio: Once a journalist in New York, A.C. Fuller now writes stories at the intersection of media, politics, and technology. He’s the author of eight novels in two series: The Alex Vane Media Thrillers and Ameritocracy. Before he began writing full time, he was an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU and an English teacher at Northwest Indian College. He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle.

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    Details:

    • Registration will close on Thursday, February 18th at 12pm
    • This event will be conducted via Zoom. 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. Please watch for this email.



    • Saturday, February 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN Writers Zoom, Class Code: WR022721AF
    Register
    Photo of A.C. Fuller - Author

    **This event will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    In this second marketing workshop, A.C. Fuller will cover all the advanced marketing techniques you need to launch your indie publishing career, expanding on strategies covered in Part I, including mailing lists, promotional websites, ads, and more. We will also workshop the marketing plans, book covers, and websites of brave volunteers from Part I of the course who wish to fine tune their marketing. Please sign up for this course only if you’ve signed up for or have taken Marketing for Indie Writers Part I.

    Instructor Bio: Once a journalist in New York, A.C. Fuller now writes stories at the intersection of media, politics, and technology. He’s the author of eight novels in two series: The Alex Vane Media Thrillers and Ameritocracy. Before he began writing full time, he was an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU and an English teacher at Northwest Indian College. He lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Seattle.

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    Details:

    • Registration will close on Thursday, 2/25 at 12pm
    • This event will be conducted via Zoom. 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. Please watch for this email.



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