Teen Classes

Bellevue College Teenage Novelist Series

These popular classes can be taken as a series or individually.


Saturday, January 12, 10:00-1:00, North Campus

Marvin Whickpucket has become lethargic. Ever since Ilandra came through the space-time portal, Marvin just sits like a hunk of vegetable matter. What to do? In this class we’ll find ways to enliven our characters through the use of character arc, backstory, journaling and in-class character games.


Scenes and Dreams

Saturday, February 9, 10:00-1:00, North Campus

Marvin Whickpucket has been talking to you as you sleep. “I feel like a stick figure,” he says, “in front of a bunch of paper trees! Even Ilandra doesn’t visit me anymore. Please let me breathe! Give me something to do! Or I swear I’m going to find another author.” This session focuses on the well-crafted scene: devastating dialogue, authentic action, vivid setting. All of this comes from an inner landscape deep in the mind of your character.


Plotting and Scheming

Saturday, March 9, 10:00-1:00, North Campus

Marvin Whickpucket and Ilandra have been eating waffles and jumping through space-time portals for 12 chapters, but nothing seems to be happening. The evil warlord Onchnu is breathing dire threats, but you don’t know whether the Kleeg attack should happen in chapter 13 or should have been back in chapter 4. This course focuses on the structuring of the novel – often the most challenging part of novel-writing. Discover the three words that drive your entire story. Find out how to avoid mid-novel sag and how to keep your reader turning pages all the way to the end. By the end of the session you will have a complete outline of your novel, and a synopsis – “the story of the story.”