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Chuckanut Writers Class

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

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:30am
Evolve Chocolate + Cafe
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. Class meets two Thursday mornings, then culminates with a live showcase on Wednesday, August 14, from 7:00 - 9:00pm at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe located in Village Books in Fairhaven.

2 sessions + 1 event

WhaMemWriMo: "Did he really say that?" Creating Effective Dialogue in Memoir with Laura Kalpakian

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Village Books Readings Gallery
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Part of the WhaMemWriMo Series!

Memoirs begin with memory. Writing a memoir means shaping memories--places, people, relationships, family stories, events both big and small--into a coherent narrative. This class will offer ideas, strategies, and suggestions to help you meet that challenge. We'll discuss how (and where) to begin putting the past on the page, how to develop and sustain your work, and how to use journals, letters, and photographs to enhance your story. Bring your ideas, your thoughts, your hopes, and questions. Leave with a handout to guide you, and a sense of direction. 

1 session

Chuckanut Writers - WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series: Write Your Memoir in September!

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 5:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

"Did he really say that?" Creating Effective Dialogue in Memoir with Laura Kalpakian - September 5
Three Acts & Scene Generation with Nancy Lou Canyon - September 12
Turning People You Know into Characters on the Page with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor - September 19
Gaining Freedom from Your Inner Critic with Cami Ostman - September 26

As a part of the fourth annual Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, this series of workshops will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. The goal for each writer is 1666 words every day.  At the end of September you will have 50,000 words: a book. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you always wanted to share, the stories your readers want to hear. These workshops, all taught or led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs and schedule.

4 sessions

WhaMemWriMo Series: Three Acts & Scene Generation with Nancy Lou Canyon

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Village Books - Readings Gallery
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Part of the WhaMemWriMo Series!

Aristotle's Incline--a three-act plotting device, along with the literary scene--the building block of any book, provide writers with two easy tools for penning and organizing a memoir. Literary scenes locate along the timeline and big scenes--or turning-points--build dramatic tension and move the story forward. We'll examine pacing, flashback, action, dialogue, and learn how conflict is essential to writing a dramatic story. In this introductory class, we'll generate a scene list that will help you flush out your narrative. You'll leave class with a beginning time-line, Aristotle's Incline, and several scene ideas to write at your leisure. 

1 session

WhaMemWriMo Series: Turning People You Know into Characters on the Page with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Village Books - Readings Gallery
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Part of the WhaMemWriMo Series!

Writing about family and friends can be a daunting task when writing memoir. Whether good, bad, or indifferent, the key to turning people you know into characters on the page is choosing the details that evoke the relationship between yourself as narrator and the person as character. Using techniques drawn from traditional storytelling and modern improvisational theater, join Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, author of Dancing Between Bamboo Poles, in exploring how gesture, vocal quality, and silence can turn the people in our lives into vibrant characters.

1 session

WhaMemWriMo Series: Gaining Freedom from Your Inner Critic with Cami Ostman

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Village Books - Readings Gallery
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Part of the WhaMemWriMo Series!

Do you wonder if anyone would be interested in your story? Or perhaps you worry you're not a good enough writer to write the book you want to put out into the world. Do you hear a voice in your head telling you you're wasting your time? These are the voices of the inner critic and the most important thing you can do for your writing is learn how to quiet these voices. Join author and writing coach Cami Ostman to learn how to work with the Inner Critic so that you can find the freedom, enthusiasm, and confidence to keep your fingers on the keyboard. 

1 session

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