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January Writing Classes for Teens and Adults

on December 7, 2015

I’m teaching a couple different writing classes in January.

Map It Out: Creating a Setting for Your Story is an on-line class for teens with the Loft Literary Center.The class begins on January 18 and runs until February 14. There is an early bird discount if you register before December 18.

This would make a great gift for a teen in your life who likes to write. (Ages 13-18).

Registration can be found here

Course Description: Setting our story in a rich and varied landscape is important to our story. But, how do we create a setting that supports not only our character’s journey, but also helps to drive the plot? In this class, we’ll look at the details of setting and create a setting guidebook for our story’s world while looking at how to integrate setting into both plot and character. The class includes writing exercises, reading and discussion opportunities to support others in our on-line community through the sharing of our writing. Beginning to advanced teen writers will learn how to deepen their story writing skills by crafting a powerful setting. This class will be helpful to teens working on stories in all genres.


Writing the Picture Book at the Schack Art Center in Everett. January 14 and 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Registration here.

Course Description: Picture books are the most beloved story form of children’s writing. But, how easy is it to write a picture book?  In this class, we’ll look at how to create a memorable character, how to structure a picture book, as well as markets available to picture book writers. This is an interactive workshop with writing exercises and peer feedback. Students will complete a draft of a picture book story. The class is appropriate for both writers and illustrators with the focus on the writing of the story.  All Levels.


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