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Sept. 17: 7 Ways to Trigger Readers’ Emotions with Bernadette Pajer
Sept. 24: 7 Lenses for Telling Your Story with Joan Leegant
Oct. 1: 7 Things You Should Never Do in a Story with Garth Stein
Oct. 8: 7 Ways to Quicker, Smarter, Better Revision with Tara Conklin
Oct. 15: 7 Ways to Make Your Characters Real with Elizabeth George
Oct. 22: 7 Ways to Write the Hard Stuff with Shannon Huffman Polson
Oct. 29: 7 Ways to Create Settings that Become Characters with Randy Sue Coburn
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
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Randy Sue Coburn is the author of three critically acclaimed novels—Remembering Jody, Owl Island, and A Better View of Paradise. A former newspaper reporter whose articles have appeared in numerous national publications, her screenplays include Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, a Cannes Film Festival selection about Dorothy Parker that was nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards’ best screenplay.
Tara Conklin's first novel, The House Girl, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Her second novel, The Last Romantics, is forthcoming in June 2016 from William Morrow/Harper Collins.
Elizabeth George is the creator of a series of psychological crime novels set in the UK and featuring her continuing characters: DI Thomas Lynley and DS Barbara Havers. She is also the creator of a YA series set on Whidbey Island. She's published in 30 languages, has written twenty-two novels, two books of short stories, and a non-fiction book on writing. She is a longtime teacher of writing in many venues in the US.
Joan Leegant is the author of a novel and a story collection, which won the PEN/New England Book Award and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. She is the 2014–2015 prose writer-in-residence at Hugo House.
Bernadette Pajer's work includes the Professor Bradshaw Mysteries. She's a UW graduate and a member of Seattle7Writers.org. Research is her favorite activity, and she happily delves into worlds old and new as she plots tales of mystery and adventure.
Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of North of Hope; A Daughter’s Arctic Journey. Her writing recently won honorable mention in the 2015 VanderWey Nonfiction contest and has been published in journals including Ruminate Journal, High Country News, Huffington Post, and two anthologies. Polson works an artist-in-residence with Methow Arts.
Garth Stein is the author of four novels, including New York Times bestsellers The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Sudden Light. He is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit collective of Northwest authors working to foster a passion for the written word.