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Summertime News and Classes  

Summer calls us out-of-doors where the beauty of the natural world can refresh and inspire our writing.  On Tuesday, June 30, Jennifer Wilhoit will teach an online workshop  to show you how to bring the natural world into your writing life. As you read further, you'll find even more classes to spark your creativity and enliven your writing.

Starting in August we are scheduling in-person classes with new safety protocols in place. Depending on the phased reopening guidelines, these classes may go online as we continue to stay safe and keep our balance in these unsettling times. 

When we do return to in-person classes, you will find new tables in the Writers' studio. We're grateful to David Grant from the BARN Woodshop for crafting these beautiful maple tables. They will allow us more flexible arrangements in the room so we can maintain an appropriate distance even as we learn together.  Until then, be well and keep writing!

Nature as Tool, Antidote, and Inspiration in Writing (online)
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

Learn and practice Earthy ways for engaging your writing process and feeding the content of your written work with Jennifer Wilhoit. Come to understand how the natural world and ecology can be used as tools, antidotes (especially for writer’s block), and inspiration for your writing and your life. For more information and to register.

Researching and Crafting Narrative Nonfiction for Children (online)
Saturday, July 11, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

In this one-session class, Clare Meeker will explain the narrative structure behind her true animal stories and what makes a strong character and compelling plot. She will also touch on research techniques to provide rich details and description to deepen character and setting. For more information and to register.

Introduction to Writing TV Pilots
Saturday, August 1, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

With the explosive growth of streaming video, the demand and opportunities for content has never been higher. This workshop with Stephen Wallenfels will cover the basic information you need to get started. For more information and to register.

The Short Story
Wednesdays, August 5 - August 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM (4 sessions).

It’s time to take your writing seriously. Warren Read—writer, educator, and published author—will guide you through every step of writing a short story in this four-session workshop. The class will cover what makes a good short story strong, character development, setting, dialogue, and point of view. For more information and to register.

High Concept Writing: Fresh-Take Stories that Stand Out From the Crowd
Saturday, August 8, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

In this workshop Lynn Brunelle and Maureen McQuerry will discuss the elements of a high concept story, learn from examples that have been well received, and spend time brainstorming ways to tweak your story premise to make it  both original and appealing to a large audience, the kind of high concept idea that will catch the eye of an agent, editor or producer. For more information and to register.

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BARN is a nonprofit community center for craft and invention on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Its mission is to support an open, inter-generational community of artisans and makers who are dedicated to learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring one another with creativity, craftsmanship and community service. BARN includes artisan studios in the following disciplines: Electronic and Technical Arts, Fiber Arts, Glass Arts, Jewelry & Fine Metals, Kitchen Arts, Media Arts & BCB, Metal Fabrication, Print & Book Arts, Woodworking and Small Boat Building, and Writers. To learn more visit

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