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Chuckanut Writers: Skeletons & Skin workshop with Rose McAleese

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Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
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1200 11th St
98225-7015 Bellingham
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Village Books and WCC Community and Continuing Education have created a new writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. Writing classes, seminars, and conferences will inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. To choose writing classes and register, please call Whatcom Community College at 360.383.3200.
Skeletons and Skin: A Workshop with Rose McAleese, cost is $15
Every form of writing--whether poems, novels, short stories, screen plays--all start with an idea, one bone to your skeleton of a story. But once you have your plan, your layout, the whole skeleton, you need the organs, the skin, the meat to make your story bold and beautiful. In this class, we will do just that! Adding and expanding what your writing is capable of doing. Finding new meaning and exploring different forms of writing to help you do so. Say you are a novelist, try writing your story in a poem. Are you a short story writer? Try making your tale like a movie. Poet Rose McAleese, 2014 Chuckanut Writers Conference Faculty, invites you to join her for this fascinating exploration of the anatomy of writing. To register for this class call (360) 383-3200. The class takes place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books.
Rose McAleese is a poet and a filmmaker who was born on Halloween night in Seattle, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which, so far, has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life. She began writing poetry before she actually knew how to write, filling dozens of notebooks with her indecipherable scrawl. Her penmanship and spelling eventually improved and she was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team that competed at Brave New Voices National Poetry Slams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team and was named "Rookie of the Year," an honor she found both flattering and funny. In 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her first collection of poems, Strong. Female. Character., is recommended reading for earnest girls, cynical young women, wise crones and all men of emotional courage. McAleese works as a freelance writer, editor and director in her hometown of Seattle. In her spare time, she occupies herself by considering her next move and working on her tan. Neither project seems to be working out as planned.