Classes for Adults

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


Winter, 2018

Writing for Children and Young Adult Audiences

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 PM

January 9-March 13,

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.

Wordcraft   (NEW!)

Wednesdays, 10:00-12:30, January 10-March 21, Bellevue College

“…when words are tuned to their highest ability…it is possible to feel…language clicking into place.” –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.

Required text: The Art of Description: World into Word by Mark Doty, ISBN-13: 978-1555975630.

The Magic of Writing for Children   

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

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

Weds TBA 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.



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