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Free Writing Workshops at the Seattle Public Library

on August 14, 2014

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a series of FREE writing programs/workshops/ panels this fall.  I’m teaching Writing the Picture Book on Monday, September 29 from 5:30-7:30 at the University Branch Library and again on Monday, October 20 from 5:30-7:30 at the Columbia Branch Library.

A few of the workshops for those writing for kids include:

  • What’s So Funny? Writing Humor for Kids — Kim Baker
  • Writing for Teens — Jennifer Longo, Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock
  • Character Development — Rebecca Agiewich
  • Voices Up: The Stories of Our Lives (short nonfiction, personal essays) — Ann Teplick

There are also workshops on short stories, poetry, and starting a novel which will help you get ready for National Novel Writing Month held in November.

The workshops are all free, but you need to register by calling: 206-386-4636. The workshops are generating a lot of interest, so if you want to attend, be sure to sign up soon.

You can find the complete list here





3 responses to “Free Writing Workshops at the Seattle Public Library

  1. […] Also, just a reminder, if you live in the greater Seattle area and want to learn more about writing a picture book, be sure to register for my upcoming FREE Writing the Picture Book Class at the Seattle Public Library (University Branch). The class takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 29. Details are here. […]

  2. First of all I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick
    question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was
    interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your
    thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting
    my thoughts out. I do take pleasure in writing but it just
    seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just
    trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?


  3. Great question! There are a couple ways I focus myself before writing. I’ve kept a “morning pages” journal for a long time. This is where I write ten to fifteen minutes of just purely “dump”–most often those racing thoughts in my mind about daily life things. This is a tool recommended by Julia Cameron’s Artist Way book which I highly recommend if you haven’t read it. It’s about the process of creativity.

    The second thing that helps me when I sit down to write is by having a focus and a plan in my writing. Before I begin a book, I do a general outline of the major plot points–this keeps me focused on where the story is going. I also do a lot of work around character, writing character descriptions and monologues and figuring out who my characters are–this also helps when I sit down to writing.

    But the biggest secret I learned a few years ago is this..end your writing the day before in a place that is really interesting and you can’t stop thinking about–this will help you get back to it fast. Another tool I use is to make notes on the top of the page about where the story needs to go next, so when I sit down to write, I have a focus and can get into it faster.

    Hopefully all this is helpful

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