Chuckanut Writing Classes at WCC

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice

Learn how to create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life–a meaningful and relevant practice which will be useful and interesting, auto-didactic, as well as motivating and inspiring. Through experiential learning and class sharing, you’ll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of “tapping in” for 23 years.

Dates: January 27 – February 24, 2015

Meets: Tuesdays: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Fairhaven Village Inn – Conference Room

Instructor: Joel Gillman

Fee: $95

 

The Quest Memoir: Writing About Travel & Other  Assorted Journeys

Have you accomplished or even unwittingly experienced something adventurous or unusual? Would your story make a great book if only you knew where to start? Join Cami Ostman, author of Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, where you’ll learn about the importance of structure, voice, and theme in the quest memoir. Unlike childhood or trauma memoirs, these cover the finite, life-changing story of a narrator’s journey or experience. Come away from this class ready to tell your story in a scenic and compelling way.

Dates: January 28 – March 4, 2015

Meets: Wednesdays: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: WCC – Kulshan 223

Instructor: Cami Ostman

Fee: $139

 

Smart Bloggers Coffee Chat

Get your blogging energy up and move forward with your website! Join Dawn Groves–active blogger and author–for a free monthly session of blog talk. She’ll begin with a short presentation on a blogging-related topic and the rest of the time will be devoted to questions, answers, and good conversation. Bring your favorite morning beverage and your questions. Each monthly meeting will feature a different discussion topic. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: January 29, February 19, and/or March 19, 2015 (Go to one or all!)

Meets: Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201B

Instructor: Dawn Groves

Fee: FREE

 

 

Writing to Clear Clutter—Clearing Clutter to Write

Writing requires dedicated space, time, and focus, which can be easily taken over by clutter–the piles of paper covering your desk, a jam-packed calendar, or a head filled with too many ideas competing for your attention. In this workshop, designed especially for writers, you’ll practice applying brief, time-tested journaling processes to identify and clear distractions from your writing life. Instructor Carolyn Koehnline is a certified Journal Therapist with over two decades of experience helping people clear clutter to make room for what matters.

Dates: January 31, 2015

Meets: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Fairhaven Village Inn – Conference Room

Instructor: Carolyn Koehnline

Fee: $45

 

Selling the Excerpt

Publishing an excerpt of a longer piece can enhance a writer’s resume and help create an audience for the project. In this workshop-style class, writers of fiction and nonfiction will gain techniques for crafting a compelling excerpt to showcase their work and will be invited to read their work at a Village Books Literature Live event after the class concludes. Instructor Laurel Leigh is an award-winning writer/editor.

Dates: February 5 – March 12, 2015

Meets: Thursdays: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: WCC – Cascade 165

Instructor: Laurel Leigh

Fee: $195

 

Create Blogs That Get Noticed!

Express your opinions, build a community, and network with others through blogging. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll use Google’s Blogger program to create your blog from start to finish! Instructor Dawn Groves–author and active blogger–will cover the differences between WordPress and Blogger, search engine optimization (SEO), inbound vs. outbound links, RSS, and valuable tips to help your blog stand out. Prerequisite: You must have a Gmail account set up; bring your log-in information to class. If you already have content, you may bring it on a flash drive. Thirty-minute lunch break provided.

Dates: February 7, 2015

Meets: Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 101J

Instructor: Dawn Groves

Fee: $89

 

The Mindful Writer: Bringing Focus & Energy to Your Writing Life

Have you tried all the time management tools but still can’t find time to write? What you may be missing is the energy for writing. In this interactive workshop, you’ll practice ways to cultivate your writing focus and energy. We’ll explore mindfulness strategies to help you create the mental space and self-awareness you need to write. Whatever your writing level, you can unlock your passion for your story and become a more creative and productive writer! Susan Colleen Browne is the author of six books, including Mother Love.

Dates: February 18, 2015

Meets: Wednesday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Fairhaven Village Inn – Conference Room

Instructor: Susan Colleen Browne

Fee: $45

 

Right Brain Writing: Connecting to your Creative Genius

Take your writing to the next level by tapping into your right brain. Learn different creative methods and how these can inspire you, clear your blocks, and connect you to your inner genius. Workshop will include examples, a guided meditation, and opportunities to exercise your intuitive creative flow in active writing. Monica McDowell is a dynamic speaker, practitioner in alternative wellness and spirituality, and author of Confessions of a Mystic Soccer Mom, You are Light, and My Karma Ran Over My Dogma. Bring a mat, blanket, and pillow for guided meditation.

Dates: February 28, 2015

Meets: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Village Books – Readings Gallery

Instructor: Monica McDowell

Fee: $45

 

 

The Writer’s Toolbox: Building Strong Characters

Explore the creation and handling of protagonists, antagonists, minor characters, and a “chorus”–any or all of which can figure in your fiction. Work with descriptions, motivation, concealing and revealing, and the ways in which your choices affect the overall piece. Bring examples of characters you’ve created or want to create. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Dates: January 28, 2015

Meets: Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201B

Instructor: Roby Blecker

Fee: $79

 

The Writer’s Toolbox: Writing Compelling Dialogue

Very few works of fiction contain only one character, and how characters interact with one another often requires them to use direct speech. Explore the differences between realism and reality in your characters’ voices, your vocabulary choices, the advantages and pitfalls of dialect, avoiding “info-dump” while still conveying information, and the power of character silences. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Dates: February 4, 2015

Meets: Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201B

Instructor: Roby Blecker

Fee: $79

 

The Writer’s Toolbox: Creating Evocative Settings, Atmosphere, and Mood

Where you place your characters in time and space can have great effect on your fiction. Look at the creation of mood by showing, rather than telling, and analyze the differing demands of mainstream fiction, genre fiction, and historical fiction in terms of their impact on your piece. Choose and introduce the best settings for your work without getting stalled or bogged down. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Dates: February 11, 2015

Meets: Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201B

Instructor: Roby Blecker

Fee: $79

 

The Writer’s Toolbox: Working with Story and Plot I

We’ll explore the differences between story and plot; learn to move the story along by means of planned plot points, creating scenes, and deciding if each is character-driven or plot-driven; use the variable results from reliable or unreliable narrators; and explore the same scene different ways. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Dates: February 18, 2015

Meets: Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201B

Instructor: Roby Blecker

Fee: $79

 

The Writer’s Toolbox: Working with Story and Plot II

Create vital story arcs and apply them to your beginnings, middles, and ends; learn techniques to use if the story goes off track; and move from the opening to the closing by sustaining tension and creating a continuing sense of discovery in the reader. Also identify your “darlings” and decide whether or not to kill them. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Dates: February 25, 2015

Meets: Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201B

Instructor: Roby Blecker

Fee: $79

 

The Writer’s Toolbox: Maximizing Your Uniqueness as a Storyteller

In this sixth class of The Writer’s Toolbox Series we’ll explore voice, choosing point of view, natural length, natural style, your own individual tone, and following or breaking rules. Then we’ll put it all together. Prerequisite: one or more of the preceding workshops in The Writer’s Toolbox Series to receive the greatest value in this final class. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30

PM.

Dates: March 4, 2015

Meets: Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201B

Instructor: Roby Blecker

Fee: $79

 

The Writer’s Toolbox: Take all six workshops for $395

 

Writing and Publishing Nonfiction: An Insider’s Guide

Explore writing and selling nonfiction works in this fascinating, real-world course. Class covers topics such as the marketplace and how to crack it, components of a successful nonfiction book, online resources, ePublishing versus traditional publishing, and more. Leave class inspired with a wealth of information and ready to write! Dawn Groves is the author of several

published nonfiction books and articles.

Dates: February 24 and March 3, 2015

Meets: Tuesdays: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201C

Instructor: Dawn Groves

Fee: $79

 

Writing Eco-Poetry: Crafting Poems that Respond to Nature

Though our natural resources are finite, we treat them as endless–each spot of dirt and square of air bent to our need. In this class, we will look at poems that engage and/or objectify the natural world and begin exploring ways to enter the conversation thoughtfully, including crafting and shaping our own poems. Instructor Elizabeth Colen–author of four books, including two collections of poetry–welcomes writers at all levels!

Dates: March 12 and March 19, 2015

Meets: Thursdays: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: WCC – Kulshan 226

Instructor: Elizabeth Colen

Fee: $49

 

Professional Writing Tune-Up

Tune-up your professional writing and reap the benefits! Enhancing your writing skills will save you time, help you build relationships and gain respect from your colleagues, assist you in achieving personal and professional goals, and more. You’ll receive valuable tools for writing efficient and clear reports, emails, letters, proposals, and more. Course also covers persuasive writing, editing and proofreading strategies, and coaching other employees to enhance their writing skills. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

Dates: March 5, 2015

Meets: Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: WCC – Foundation 201C

Instructor: Margi Fox

Fee: $59

 

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