Classes for Adults

NOTE: high school students may enroll only with instructor permission.

Bellevue College

Cultivating Complex Characters

While a strong plot makes a story worth telling, it is multilayered, nuanced characters who make a story worth reading. Learn six techniques for developing vibrant and believable characters, each with a distinct and compelling voice.

10:00AM – 12:30PM, Wednesdays, January 4-March 8

The Magic of Writing for Children

Whether you’re a beginner, or have already published; whether you want to write for preschoolers, teens, or in-between, this is the class for you. We’ll explore what makes a book “work” for each age group in terms of word choice, characterization, theme, and structure. Plus, you’ll have the chance to get feedback in a safe environment from a seasoned author. We will take field trips to SCBWI meetings, as agreed on by the group.

6:00PM – 8:30 PM,  Wednesdays, January 4-March 8 (No class January 18.)




Epicwrite: Storycraft

Writing for Kids and Teens

Whether you are writing picture books, fiction for magazines, middle grade novels, or YA, learn how to keep young readers turning pages.

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 PM, January 10-March 7 (No class on Valentine’s Day), Northgate Area, Seattle


WIP Smart—Works-in-Progress

In this master class, we focus on your work-in-progress, whether it is a novel, picture book, or poetry collection. Each session is an in-depth look at portions of two or more WIPs, submitted in advance. Lessons are built around the manuscripts. You get intensive feedback, and everyone learns from your book.

Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 PM, January 25-March 8, Crossroads Mall Community Room, Bellevue

Find out about Writing Retreats


(Retreats are not affiliated with Bellevue College or North Seattle College)

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