Storycraft: WordCraft

Aljoya Thornton Place, Seattle|Wednesdays, January 8-29, 6:00-8:30 PM

“…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.

Storycraft: Unbelievably Believable Characters and Scenes

Notewordies, Kirkland|Wednesdays, January 29-February 19, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

In this class we’ll unpack tools for building authenticity: pacing, psychic distance and voice. We’ll even indulge, shockingly, in a few writing “don’ts.” Time will be allowed for reading and group critique.

Storycraft classes are offered in partnership with Epicwrite, a nonprofit organization

The Magic of Writing for Children*

Bellevue College, North Campus|Wednesdays, February 26-April 1, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Whether you are 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.

*Note that this is a Bellevue College class, which requires this link instead of the “check-mark” registration link at the top of the page.

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