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Our winter workshop schedule is all full. Check back soon for our Spring schedule.

Workshops will be held at the Writers' Cottage (317 NW Gilman Blvd, Space #8, Issaquah, WA 98027)




Presented by PNWA’s President, Pam Binder. Pam is a New York Times best-selling author and Professor with the U.W. Extension Program


($400/member - $500/nonmember)

Presented by PNWA Board Member and Author magazine Editor-in-Chief William Kenower. 


($200/member - $275/nonmember)


Presented by Beth Jusino. Beth is a freelance editor, writer, teacher, and publishing consultant with fifteen years of experience.


($50/member - $75/nonmember)

BEGINNING JANUARY 14, 2015 (ten week session) ENDING MARCH 18, 2015

Class Concentration: Key topics about your novel’s middle that will be explored. Please note that the Spring quarter will concentrate on the important scenes at the end of your novel.

  • Writing the synopsis.
  • Key scenes that will avoid a sagging middle.
  • How to deepen character relationships.
  • How to make the reader care about what’s happening.
  • How to justify the final battle or final choice that will wrap things up at the end.
  • Is there a sense of death (physical, professional, or psychological) that overhangs?
  • Is there a strong enough reason keeping your characters together?
  • Is your plot strong enough to hold your reader’s attention?
  • Do your scenes contain conflict or tension?
  • Writing smooth scene transitions and bridge scenes.
  • Plotting.
  • Pacing.
  • Revision techniques.
  • Voice and Style.

BEGINNING JANUARY 17, 2015 (five week session) ENDING FEBRUARY 21, 2015

In this 5-week class, writers will learn how to structure and sell their memoir. They will also learn how to create compelling scenes, the use of contrast in storytelling, as well as understanding the three narrative arcs in every story.

PNWA board member and Author magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Bill Kenower uses his unique inside-out approach to teach writers how to successfully sustain their work for the months or even years it takes to finish their manuscript.

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 (1-4pm)

Publishing Facts and Fictions: Demystifying the Publishing Choices Available to Writers Today

The “author wars” are heating up, with passionate arguments flying around about the decisions to self publish, traditionally publish, e-publish, or all of the above. For every three authors there are four opinions about the “right” way to go.

What’s a new writer to do?

As a publishing professional who’s worked on both sides of the publishing fence, Beth Jusino doesn't think there is a “right” answer for every writer. This workshop demystifies the choices. We’ll take an unbiased look at what literary agents and big, traditional New York houses can offer; what the oft-overlooked small presses bring; what subsidy publishers are really offering; and the opportunities and realities of self publishing. We’ll examine pros and cons of each choice (and there are pros and cons to each choice). And most of all, we’ll help writers seeking publication understand their own goals in writing, their own strengths, and how to make a decision that's best for them.

BETH JUSINO is a publishing consultant, editor, and teacher with fifteen years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between a manuscript and published book. A former literary agent, she’s the author of The Author's Guide to Marketing (Sharper Words Press, 2014) and the e-books Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal and Market While You Write. Beth lives in Seattle, where she is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and teaches a quarterly "Guide to Getting Published" seminar through the University of Washington's Experimental College. She enjoys teaching the crafts of writing and marketing, and has spoken at more than two dozen writers’ conferences and publishing gatherings across the country. She first presented a condensed version of this popular class at the 2014 PNWA Conference.

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Office: Writers' Cottage 317 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste. 8, Issaquah, WA 98027

Open Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm

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Mailing: PMB 2717 - 1420 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste. 2,
Issaquah, WA 98027

Phone: (425) 673-2665
Fax: (425) 961-0768