Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your Writing Life

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

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1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

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Now in its sixth year, we are offering this day of mini-workshops again on Sun., Jan. 7 in the Readings Gallery. Just like our “Resolutions” day, this will be an inspiration day devoted to starting the year off right in your WRITING life! From 11am-4pm on the hour, we'll feature local writing experts who will present mini-workshops, from silencing that inner critic, to writing nonfiction, to organizing writing groups, and finally to increasing your writing productivity in 2018 with a variety of techniques. Come for one workshop or several and bring questions, ideas, and snacks. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Writer’s Resolutions-related books, that day only. No tickets or reservations needed.


11:00am Geoffrey Bankowski
Quieting Your Inner Critic

Anyone who has ever tried to write (or to do anything else challenging) has encountered powerful internal voices of doubt or resistance or even downright cruelty. Let’s meet them and get them to quiet down, shall we? Using a multi-part writing exercise, this workshop will help identify, examine, and move you beyond unproductive self-criticism.    

Geoffrey Bankowski has an MFA in Poetry (University of Michigan) and has taught all types and levels of college writing courses for more than 20 years. He is also the creator of Deep Space, Deep Sea, seminars in creativity and problem solving.

12:00pm David Beaumier and Paul Hanson
Care & Keeping of Writing Groups, From Formation to Publication
David Beaumier, facilitator for Village Books Fiction Writing Group and editor of the recent Writers Corner Anthology 2017, and Paul Hanson, co-owner of Village Books and coordinator for the Chuckanut Writers Series of Workshops, Classes, and Conference, will talk writing groups: from the important first steps of the group's formation to how to give and take critique to supporting each other's publishing efforts. They'll also talk about their latest publishing project and why it's a valuable exercise to go through.

David Beaumier started writing before having grownup teeth. His true love is tango dancing, and he's proud to have been a Bellingham community member since 2009. His inspiration for an anthology came from his participation in the Village Books writing groups and from his experience working for the wonderful bookstore.

Paul is one of the store's three co-owners, along with Kelly and Sarah. Before arriving in Bellingham with Kelly in 2011, Paul was the long-time manager of Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island. He is a writer and publisher, former President of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and currently serves as President of the Historic Fairhaven Association.

1:00pm Brenda Wilbee
Fictional Techniques for Nonfiction

No one writes straight narrative anymore. Instead, good writers infuse their subject matter with fictional techniques and literary devices. In this one-hour workshop Brenda introduces scene setting, dialog, anecdotes, quotes, questions, examples, and other tricks familiar in riveting fiction. She draws her examples from Anne Frank's memoir, magazines, student papers, and her own Skagway: It's All About the Gold to illustrate how easily this is done. Bring your own material for brainstorming in the margins. You will be delighted at how simple it is to poke boring old words on a lifeless page into words that sit up and sing.

Brenda Wilbee holds an MA in Professional Writing. For seven years she taught college composition. Previously, she taught on all aspects of writing through the University of Washington's Community Ed program and at writers conferences in both the US and Canada. She currently teaches fiction and nonfiction through Village Book's Chuckanut Writers and is the author of the best-selling Seattle Sweetbriar Series. She's also a long-time contributor to Guideposts and has won awards for her feature writing. Through her agency, she edits manuscripts. After receiving a degree in graphic design she opened her agency to include cover design, interior layout and typesetting, book packaging, and marketing products like brochures and sell sheets. 

Her latest book, Skagway: It's All About the Gold, is self-published, her audience almost exclusively 1,000,000 tourists visiting Skagway, Alaska, each summer. Her other nine books are out of print but she's in the process of illustrating and expanding them, and will be releasing them in paperback and e-book format next year.

2:00pm Nancy Canyon
2018 Goals for Increasing Writing Productivity

In this mini-workshop, Nancy Canyon will guide the setting of productivity goals for beginning and sustaining a daily writing practice in 2018. By examining our own and others creative processes, we’ll determine how and why we procrastinate or complete projects.  In considering our current production level, we’ll set reasonable goals—minimum to maximum time and/or word count—fueling our productivity.

Nancy Canyon, MFA, a full-time visual artist and writer, has two impressive projects forthcoming in 2018: The Daily Artist: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Art Practice, to be published by Two Sylvia's Press. Additionally, Allied Arts September Juried Show: Organic Reaction, will display new paintings by Nancy Canyon and others, tying-in with an exhibit at Whatcom Museum titled, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity.

3:00pm Rob Slater
Tools, Hacks, and Habits to Increase Your Words Per Day

Got Your Goals? Now get your words. There are many ways to improve productivity: hardware, software, wetware [human habits]. I've tried quite a few with various levels of success. I will show you some of my tools, habits, and hacks. I have books to recommend and ideas I haven't yet tried. Some that did not work for me may work for you. Most are available on a low budget! Bring your own ideas to share, too.

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Robert L. Slater wanted to be an astronaut or a rock star. At 42, he gave up those dreams to become a writer of science fiction and fantasy, where he can pretend to be both. Like some of his characters, he has a propensity for speaking in lines from 80s movies, drinking Mountain Dew and eating pizza. He loves music as a listener, a zealous fan, a guitar player, and a singer-songwriter.