Writers Workshops, Classes & Conferences
Creative Writing Seminar in Bothell WA, June 24
The Mystery Writers of America, the nation’s premier mystery writers’ organization, will present an intensive course in writing and selling novels. This MWA University event is open to the public and will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 22600 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, WA on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Do you have a great idea for a novel but don’t know what to do with it? Have you written your story and sent out manuscripts without any takers? Have you self-published and then found sales hard to come by? You can learn ways to overcome these hurdles in a one-day seminar presented by two seasoned writing professionals.
James Ziskin is the Edgar-Award nominated author of the acclaimed Ellie Stone mystery series. He will cover writing topics ranging from dramatic structure and plot, to setting and description, to characters, conflict, intrigue, and more.
Beth Jusino teaches effective techniques for book promotion and marketing. She has years of experience as an author, a literary agent, an editor, an instructor, and a consultant in the art of selling books online and through traditional channels.
The instructors will use mystery writing as their primary example, but their techniques are applicable to creating and selling good stories in any genre.
Registration fees are $80 for MWA members and $90 for non-members. Registration is limited and the early registration deadline is June 10. After that, if places are still available, the cost will be $110 for members or non-members. To learn more or to register, visit the MWA Northwest Website (https://mwanorthwest.com/writers-seminar-2017
EPIC Group Writers' Paddy Eger Will Speak at UW Bookstore in Mill Creek
Tuesday, June 6th
UW Bookstore in Mill Creek's Towne Center at 7:00 PM.
Meet the characters in Letters to Follow- A Dancer's Adventure. Learn more about their back stories and how their lives on stage and off are progressing. Enter drawings. Chat, comment and connect with the author. Purchase a personalized, autographed copy of the conclusion of the trilogy, or pick up the series. If you can't attend, order your copy from your favorite bookstore or online.
Mindy Halleck's "Using Vision Boards to Enhance Your Writing and Social Media Presence"
Saturday, July 15th 2017 9:30-12:30
Edmonds Community College
Three-Hour Workshop on "Using Vision Boards to Enhance Your Writing and Social Media Presence." Discover how to transform your story-telling, tap into the imagery of your story world, and then spin that world into marketing gold.
Learn how objects and images help tell your story and how you can convert that story world into social media fodder to launch or enhance your on-line presence even long before (or after) the book deal. This part story-telling and part social media, hands on workshop is for aspiring and or seasoned writers of all genres — short story, memoir, non-fiction or fiction. Lots of handouts and worksheets.
Writing and marketing are both time consuming, demanding and mandatory aspects of an author’s career. It’s a balancing act, that’s why finding shortcuts that enhance your efforts and save valuable time are priceless. Join this fast paced workshop at Edmonds Community College
$39.00 Sign up at: www.edcc.edu/comed (under ‘writing’)
Writers of all levels welcome!
May 11, 2017
Jennifer Bardsley, Guest Speaker
Every Writer’s Writing Group
Edmonds Library, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
*Please note: seating limited to 20 people.
Jennifer Bardsley, author of GENESIS GIRL and DAMAGED GOODS, and the “I Brake for Moms” columnist from The Everett Herald, will speak at the May 11 meeting of the Every Writer’s Writing Group on “Book Marketing From Your Couch”.
Social media can be confusing, but book marketing from the couch is easy once you learn how. Discover how to grow your Facebook author page from zero to thousands of followers.
Learn how to reach readers on Instagram and YouTube. Become a hashtag expert and wield them to your advantage. Analyze your audience and ascertain the best social media vehicle to dominate. This is for veteran authors as well as writers seeking to grow their platforms in the hopes of landing an agent or publishing deal.
About the Author
With six years of teaching under her belt, as well as her California and Washington State teaching certificates, Jennifer Bardsley enjoys sharing her love of writing with students of all ages. From 2009-20011 she served on the board of the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation. In 2011 Jennifer founded the educational advocacy website Teaching My Baby to Read. In 2012 she began writing a weekly newspaper column called I Brake for Moms for The Everett Daily Herald. Jennifer’s debut YA novel, Genesis Girl, was published by Month9Books in 2016. The sequel releases in 2017.
Our writing series has been completed! Thanks to all for your participation! Check back for future workshops in conjunction with Son-Isle Library.
FOUR FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS
EPIC Group Writers, in partnership with Edmonds' Sno-Isle Library and the Edmonds Arts Commission, presents a series of four, free writing workshops.
Attend one or all events.
All workshops will be held at the Edmonds Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 650 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020, USA (map)
Visit Sno-Isle for other information at www.sno-isle.org/events
Write Now: Poems From Postcards (And Other Found Texts)
Wed Mar 8, 2017 6pm – 8pm
Discover poetry in the everyday language of postcards and other sources. Through a hands-on workshop format, participants will write several short poems. Presenter, Amanda Laughtlan, has published a book of poems based on postcards, personal ads, 1940s magazines, and other unexpected textual sources.
Participation limited to 20 people. Register on Sno-Isle Library, Edmonds branch website events page. Registration opens February 1st. Free!
Write Now: Wordplay That Works
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6pm – 8pm
Word play is delightful and stimulating. To energize the flow of writing, participants focus on process through basic examples and fun exercises, which bulldoze past writer's block and make your writing more vibrant. Listen to alliteration, repetition, and rhythm to enhance your work. Presenter: Sandra Walker
No need to register. Just come! Free!
Write Now: Triggers to Reader Engagement
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6pm – 8pm
How do you transfer the story in your mind into a reader's mind? The writer's words on the page are only part of what makes a story come alive - the reader provides the rest, if the words trigger the reader's emotions, memories, and imagination. Attendees will learn their own reading triggers, and how to approach their own writing in a way that taps into the triggers of their readers.
Presenter: Bernadette Pajer
No need to register, just come. Free!
Write Now: Get Published, Stay Published
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6pm – 8pm
This class will cover everything from organization through how to contact editors and how to maintain a steady flow of content for publication. Writing and publishing is hard work and takes some organizational skills, commitment, and training. There are five specific things you can do that will help you get into the game and stay there.
Presenter: Terry Persun
No need to register. Event is free.