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Writers Workshop Series

2014 workshops schedule and details
workshops will be held at the Writers' Cottage
(317 NW Gilman Blvd, Space #8, Issaquah, WA 98027)



winter workshops ($50 per class):

show, don't tell 1 NIGHT WORKSHOP
Presented by Jason Black 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 6:30-9:00 pm

"Show, 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.)


memoir: your life. your story (voice) 1 DAY WORKSHOP
Presented by William Kenower
DATE CHANGE: Saturday, February 8 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Your 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.

50 rookie writing mistakes 1 NIGHT WORKSHOP
Presented by Jason Black

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6:30-9:00 pm

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 In this workshop, participants will learn the fifty most common issues found in unpublished writers’ manuscripts, from small-scale issues of wording and sentence structure, to large-scale flaws of pacing and story structure.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

  • Query 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?
  • Writing 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

  • Show 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 blockbuster?
  • 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.
  • Learn 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.

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2018 Summer Quarter Fiction Course: Write Your Story

7/11/2018 » 8/8/2018
2018 Summer Quarter Fiction Course: After the First Draft

Thursday Keynote Dessert Reception: R.L Stine, Author of Goosebumps

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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