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Chuckanut Writers Class

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

Chuckanut Writers - Type-ins for Writers with Scott Calhoun

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
WCC - Foundation Building 201C
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Writers, students, tinkerers, and poets-unleash your creativity with the improbable contraption that is the Typewriter. Discover the amazing curative properties analog writing can have for the frustrated creative. Smash through writer's block. Rescue confidence! Banish paralyzing self-critique as you devastate the page with your machine-gun prose. Typewriters will be provided, but you may bring your own. There's no social media here; there isn't even a delete key!

4 sessions

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

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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.

2 sessions + 1 event

Chuckanut Writers - The Open Road: Writing Poems of Travel and Reflection with Barbara Bloom

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
WCC - Foundation Building 101K
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

When we step outside our usual surroundings and routines, we can see things freshly, as if for the first time. In this workshop, we will consider how other poets have recorded their travel experiences, and work on exploring our own travel narratives in a variety of poetic styles and approaches. Appropriate for writers at all levels.

1 session

Chuckanut Writers - Finish Your Book (And Get It Published!) with Daniel Levine

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
WCC - Kelly Hall 105
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226

Many writers have unfinished books (novels, poetry, business, memoirs, screenplays) they've been working on for a long time, and these unfulfilled dreams are aching for completion and, hopefully, sales and glory. This class will help you identify what's preventing completion, and find solutions for these self-allowed obstacles, as well as help you understand and prepare for the next steps of completing drafts, finding a publisher, and learning some information about marketing. 

1 session

Chuckanut Writers - The Writer's Toolbox: Package of All Six Workshops with Roby Blecker

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
WCC - Foundation Building 101K
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Building Strong Characters - October 16, $95
Writing Compelling Dialogue - October 23, $95
Creating Evocative Settings, Atmosphere, and Mood - October 30, $95
Working with Story and Plot I - November 6, $95
Working with Story and Plot II - November 13, $95
Maximizing Your Uniqueness as a Storyteller - November 20, $95

Take all six workshops in The Writer's Toolbox Series and SAVE!

Join local author Roby Blecker for this linked series of practical exercises that will provide you with tools for your writing toolbox. Our goal will be to emphasize and improve your craft as a writer. Rather than general theory, the series gives you writing practice at your level and challenges you to move in and beyond that level with confidence. If you have a work in progress or if you are just thinking about ideas to work on, this series will provide you with the means to take the next step. These workshops can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs and schedule. One-hour lunch break provided each session. Space is limited--register early!

6 sessions

Chuckanut Writers - The Writer's Toolbox: Building Strong Characters with Roby Blecker

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
WCC - Foundation Building 101K
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Explore the creation and handling of protagonists, antagonists, minor characters, and a "chorus"--any or all of which can figure in your fiction. Work with descriptions, motivation, concealing and revealing, and the ways in which your choices affect the overall piece. Bring examples of characters you've created or want to create to class. 

1 session

Chuckanut Writers - Where Do You Get Your Ideas? with Roby Blecker

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
WCC - Kelly Hall 105
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226

Every successful author of fiction gets asked this question. This class will look at the sources for ideas and the ways to turn those ideas into mouth-watering stories. Roby Blecker is a writer and editor, and has been helping others perfect their craft for over 27 years.

2 sessions

Chuckanut Writers - The Writer's Toolbox: Writing Compelling Dialogue with Roby Blecker

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
WCC - Foundation Building 101K
233 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Very few works of fiction contain only one character, and how characters interact with one another often requires them to use direct speech. Explore the differences between realism and reality in characters' voices, vocabulary choices, avoiding "info-dump" while still conveying information, and the power of character silences. 

1 session

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