Classes for Adults

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

Bellevue College

Writing the Hidden Story

Think of this as Elizabeth Gilbert meets Brené Brown and then you write:

Your characters, be they fictional or real, live and breathe because of a hidden story—one you must go deep within to find. A book that is disconnected from YOU is nothing more than a clever word exercise. Mine your own life and the tale will ring true. Discover the story you didn’t know you were writing and see how it can transform you and your reader. (Just to be clear, we’ll encounter Elizabeth, Brené, and others through their work.)

9:30AM – 12:00PM, Wednesdays, April 19-June 7


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, April 19-June 7




Epicwrite: Storycraft


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 12:30-2:30 PM, April 19-May 31, Notewordies in Kirkland (note cool, new location!)

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