Classes for Adults

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

Spring 2018

Free* Spring Day Retreat
Secret Thoughts: An Inside View of Character

Saturday, April 7, 10:00-4:00, Beverly Lake, Everett
What is my character hiding and how do I avoid showing too much? How can I make my characters’ actions believable and not just be a master puppeteer? How do I bring up the past without my story being one big flashback or a massive info-dump?
In our relaxing lake oasis, we’ll explore authentic Point of View. Plenty of writing time between craft sessions, as well as group critique. *The workshop is free to all who are registered for any of Katherine’s Spring classes (or the summer retreat), as well as all of Katherine’s coaching clients. To sign up, forward proof of registration to founder(at)epicwrite(dot)org. You will receive a discount code that will bring the cost of the retreat to $0.


Writing for Children and Young Adult Audiences

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 PM, April 10 – June 12, 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.

Writing on Location (NEW!)

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM -1:00 PM, April 10 – June 12, Bellevue College

Do you love to fall into a book and feel like you are there? In this class you will learn how to “draw a setting around yourself” using mindful focus, artifacts, and actual settings. Historical writers: “time travel,” using your research to transform your surroundings. Fantasy and science-fiction writers: translate your world-building into reality on the page. Contemporary writers: inhabit your heroes’ lives in a way that invites readers to live alongside them. While some work will be done in the classroom, we will also take several field trips to evocative locations within easy driving distance of Bellevue College.

The Magic of Writing for Children   

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30, April 25 – June 13, 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

Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00, May 9-June 13, Notewordies, Kirkland 

Writing begins as a solitary endeavor, but then you need the support of other writers.

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. You get intensive feedback; everyone learns from your book.

Re-Vision Your Writing Life:
Reveal the Time, Money and Balance You Keep Missing

POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBA. Saturday, 10:00-3:00, Beverly Lake, Everett

Does your writing life feel unbalanced? Does the equation look like this?
Enough time = not enough money.   Enough money = not enough time.

Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck and postponing your writing, or you have plenty of paid writing work, but you’re drowning in deadlines, the question remains the same: How can you have both the money and the time for the project your heart loves? Join writing coach Katherine Grace Bond and financial coach Andrea Ide for a day of uncovering the resources you didn’t know you had.

  • Design a future based on your deepest values and highest priorities.
  • Create space in your life for the book you long to write—and finish!
  • Interview your money and then put it to work–even if you hate math!
  • Find smart ways to add to your income without draining your creative energy.
  • Rediscover those fondly-remembered people, your family and friends—and start enjoying them.
  • Plan for your dreams now instead of dreaming of having a plan someday.

Find out about Writing Retreats


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