Classes for Adults

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

Fall, 2017

The Plot Thickens   

Wednesdays, 10:00-2:00, September 20 and 27

In this course, students will focus on structuring 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”.

Jump-Start Your Novel 

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30, September 20 and 27

Do you have a novel-in-progress that needs a good jolt of electricity? A manuscript sitting in a drawer that you’ll get back to “someday”? A novel in your mind that has not made its way to the page? In this class you will learn how to make your idea irresistible, lay a strong structural foundation, and invite readers into your story. You will find connections between character and plot that will surprise you. You’ll also learn how to plan your writing time so that you can stick to it and finish your book.

Winter, 2018

The Magic of Writing for Children   

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30, January 10-March 21

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.

WIP Smart: Works-In-Progress

New class begins in January, 2018

Weds 12:30-2:30, Notewordies, Kirkland

This master class focuses on your work-in-progress: novel, picture book, poetry—it’s up to you. Each session is an in-depth look at significant portions of student WIPs, submitted in advance. Lessons are built around the manuscripts. You get intensive feedback; everyone learns from your book.

 Writing for Children and Young Adult Audiences

New class begins in January, 2018, North Seattle College

Whether you are writing picture books, fiction for magazines, middle grade novels, or YA, you’ll be exposed to tricks of the trade that keep young readers turning pages.

Learn more about Writing for Children and Young Adult Audiences by visiting the CE blog.


Begins Janauary 2018, Bellevue College

“…when words are tuned to their highest ability…it is possible to feel, at least for a moment, language, clicking into place, into a relation with the world that feels seamless and inevitable.” –Mark Doty, THE ART OF DESCRIPTION

Whether you’re a beginning or an advanced writer, this class will bring you back to the foundation of craft—the specific words that make up your paragraphs and stanzas. Wake up your descriptions through enhanced attention. Discover unexpected images through “meaning networks.” Revitalize the familiar by removing its usual scaffolding. The result will be work that is robust and vibrant—as much a pleasure to read as it is to create.
All writing, from fiction to poetry to song lyrics, is welcome, as is that idea that’s just beginning to percolate. Class time includes lecture, discussion, writing, and critique.

Find out about Writing Retreats


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