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Chuckanut Writers Classes & Workshops

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Village Books and WCC Community and Continuing Education have created a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. Writing classes, seminars, and conferences (including the amazing Chuckanut Writers Conference) will inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Check out a few of the classes that are just around the corner listed below, and click here to see the complete schedule! Don’t Wait Too Long! Community & Continuing Education classes are self-supporting and require a minimum number of students to run. Unless they hear from you in time, they may be forced to cancel a class you were planning to take due to low enrollment. Please register early.


Registration for the Chuckanut Writers Conference is now open. Act fast to save money with the early-bird special registration fee! For more information and registration details click here

Work in Progress Guided Critique Group:
Fiction and Nonfiction

Bring your work in progress! Class includes 30 minutes
of instruction (triggered by the previous week's issues),
followed by two hours of reading and constructive
criticism. You'll have the opportunity to read your own
stories or articles as well as listen to and comment on
everyone else's. Be surprised by how quickly you learn
what works and what doesn't, and how strangers can
polish your prose! 

3 sessions, $115

CANCELLED: The Creative Article: Quickest Way to Publication

Writing articles for publication works out your writing
muscle, builds your portfolio and platform, and pays
the bills. This three-part workshop includes exploration
of article types, blueprints for structure, leads and
conclusions, titles, and fictional techniques that enliven
nonfiction--with time built in to share your work in

3 sessions, $115

Threads and Themes: Discovering the Why of
Your Memoir

The first draft of memoir writing and personal essays
requires detailed, vivid storytelling. Rarely do these
stories cohere on their own, however. It's a skill of its
own to step back and assess what you've written, to
look for emergent patterns, threads and themes that
can then be more fully explored and developed. This
course will provide guidelines and techniques to
thoughtfully assess your important stories and begin
shaping a larger, more complex work. 

2 sessions, $45

New York, New York: Understanding the
Big 5 Publishers

New York corporate publishers--Macmillan, Hachette,
HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Simon &
Schuster--have an overwhelming presence in book
publishing, but exactly how? Are they "gatekeepers"
or "tastemakers"? Why do they buy and promote what
they do? Is it better to be indie, small-press, or Big
Time New York? Come get your questions answered!

1 session, $29

Poetry Workshop: Cinnamon Words

Every writer or poet has a personal lexicon, the words
that keep reappearing in her work. These words carry
the writer's particular, personal meanings and help
create her distinct, recognizable voice. In this
generative workshop, we'll work from prompts and
exercises to discover our personal lexicons and draft
exciting new work. Participants are encouraged to
bring one or two poems-in-progress, and expect to
leave with a draft of a new poem. 

1 session, $29

Writing the Body Whole

"Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the
expression of your existence…" Gabrielle Roth's quote
informs the framework of this course as we write "from
the inside out, not the outside in." Pens and journals are
the only tools required to spelunk in our own crevices to
discover what is calling to be written about. 

1 session, $75

Get to know our Chuckanut Writers instructors a little better with indepth interviews on our blog, like our recent Q & A with Ron Leatherbarrow!

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