2014 workshops schedule and details workshops will be held at the Writers' Cottage
(317 NW Gilman Blvd, Space #8, Issaquah, WA 98027) WINTER WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM QUARTER COURSE REGISTRATION FORM
winter workshops ($50 per class):
show, don't tell1 NIGHT WORKSHOP
Presented by Jason Black Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 6:30-9:00 pm
don’t tell” is the bedrock rule of narrative writing. It is the
determining factor in reader engagement and the one central skill
writers must master in order to succeed. In this workshop, participants
will discover the critical difference between showing and telling and
will learn not only how to employ showing in new material they write,
but also how to rescue flagging narratives by converting tells into shows. (Attendees should bring a scene or chapter to work on.)
life is a story, and if told correctly, it is a memoir that inspires
and informs. There is an art to taking the sprawling events of your life
and reducing them into a compelling memoir. Using Bill Kenower’s unique
inside-out approach to writing, we will explore the difference between
telling a story about your life, and using your life to tell a story.
A writer’s journey from hack to master is as much a matter of learning what doesn’t work as it is of discovering what works best for you. While it’s still up to you to pick your route, the journey will surely be smoother with a map of potholes along the way. In this workshop, participants will learn the fifty most common issues found in unpublished writers’ manuscripts, from small-scale issues of wording and sentence structure, to large-scale flaws of pacing and story structure. Take-home materials provided.
after your first draft WINTER QUARTER COURSE (10 weeks)
Presented by President, Pam Binder JANUARY 14TH - MARCH 18TH tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30pm
course material: business
Letter, Synopsis and Book Proposal. How to put your best foot forward.
How to find the agent and editor that is right for you. Why is a query
letter, synopsis and book proposal important even if you plan to publish
your book on your own?
Contests. Can they really lead to a book contract, or higher profile?
Learn how to decide the contest that is right for you. How to prepare
and submit your best work, and how to interpret the feedback.
Writing Conferences. Are they still relevant?
Social Media and Creating Your Brand.
course material: craft
Don’t Tell. What does this expression mean? Why will using show vs.
tell correctly make the difference between a ho-hum novel and a
Revision Techniques. Learn how to use imagery, word choice, tension, and emotion to take your novel to the next level.
When to Use Sex. The dos and don’ts when creating sex scenes.
Finding Your Voice and Style.
Review of Point of View and Dialogue Techniques.
Setting as a Character.
How to Weave Plot Layers Together. You have created your main plot,
secondary plots, and plots that lead into your next novel. Learn how to
weave them into your novel seamlessly.
Transitions. How to make smooth transitions from scene to scene, and scenes into chapters without losing your readers.