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Classes & Workshops

Chuckanut Writers - The Nature of Creativity: Writing Therapy Workshop with Rainah Sandstrom

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
WCC - Foundation Building 201B
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

The journey towards achieving emotional fulfilment and contentment is a complex one. Writing has a particularly important role as a pathway to our wellbeing, enabling us to explore and express our emotions in an intimate way. This class will examine mental health through writing. By examining one's mental health through the process of writing, it facilitates people in their journey through creativity and self-fulfillment. Rainah has a MFA and has taught writing therapy in various facilities in Ireland and the States.

5 sessions

Chuckanut Writers - Finding Your Story's Spine with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

The body of a story is only as strong as its spine. With strong characters in high conflict, it can be hard to define aplot outline. Finding a story's spine is a tool to find gaps in stories as well as see where a story's strength lies in terms of theme. This interactive workshop led by Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, a multi-genre author and professional storyteller, will give you ways to find any missing bones that may be keeping you from a completing a satisfying story. 

1 session

Chuckanut Writers - Poetry R.A.W. Appreciation with J. L. Wright

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
WCC - Cascade Hall 130
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

This class is for people wanting to develop their interest in poetry. Focus will be on the major forms of poetry. Comprehensive work will include reading and analysis. A variety of creative prompts, analysis exercises, and assigned readings will foster your understanding and appreciation of poetry.

2 sessions

Chuckanut Writers - Turning Real Life into Fiction with Roby Blecker

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
WCC - Foundation Building 101K
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225

Stories have structure; life usually doesn't. Stories need to make sense; life can be utterly inexplicable. This class will use practical exercises to help turn messy life into good fiction without losing the truth of the messiness. 

3 sessions

Whatcom READS: The Art & Craft of Writing with Eowyn Ivey

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
WWU's Wilson Library Reading Room
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Join us in the Reading Room of Wilson Library and gain insight into the writing process as Eowyn Ivey discusses the art and craft of writing. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 7, 2020, Vllage Books donates 10% of To the Bright Edge of the World sales to Whatcom READS.

Chuckanut Writers - Poetry R.A.W. Writing with J. L. Wright

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
WCC - Cascade Hall 130
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225

This class is for all levels of poets wanting to develop their writing skills. Focus will be on exploring many forms of poetry. Comprehensive work will be writing poems. You will organize your writings into a portfolio which could become your first chapbook. A variety of creative prompts and examples will help you develop your own style and creative form.

3 sessions

Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju - Compassionate Communication

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 7:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Compassionate Communication focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy, empathy, and honest self-expression. People who practice Compassionate Communication have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution. Join us for this workshop that will explore Compassionate Communication, also called Nonviolent Communication, developed by Gandhi and later further developed by Marshall Rosenberg.

Chuckanut Writers - StoryHam: A Storytelling Workshop and Event with Stephanie Dethlefs

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Do you have a story that is begging to be shared? Are you compelled to share your own true stories? In the spirit of live storytelling events like The Moth, this workshop will provide a safe space to craft your own story and a supportive audience with which to share it. Stephanie Dethlefs is a writer, story coach, and founder of {extra}ordinary stories, an online program for memoirists and storytellers. Class meets two Wednesday evenings, then culminates with a live showcase on Wednesday, April 1, from 7-9pm at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe located in Village Books in Fairhaven. Class size is limited, so register early!

3 sessions

Chuckanut Writers - You Can't Say That! with J. L. Wright

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
WCC - Heiner 103
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225

This class is for writers of any genre who wish to explore the use of "colorful" language. With splatterpunk, fake news, and Instagram tirades, the use of "four letter words" has become part of our daily language. But how much is too much? The object of this class is to discuss pejorative language from etymology to usage. Is it necessary in developing character, setting, and plot? Most importantly, we will discuss the impact of these word choices on the audience. Explicit words will be discussed! Mature adults only!

1 session

Hour of Mindfulness with Tim Burnett

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well being.

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