The Writer’s Workshop Series

SOLD OUT: Structure & Outline

October 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m. FREE, Registration Required –Space is Limited

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, your story needs structure. In this workshop, we’ll discuss types of narrative structure, key elements and beats, and tips to keep your reader engaged. We’ll go over how to outline a new project and reverse-outline an already written one to identify problems. Come with an in-progress draft or fresh ideas in any genre. Beginning and intermediate writers welcome.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jenny Bartoy is an editor and writer located in Tacoma, WA. She specializes in developmental and line editing of fiction and creative nonfiction, including memoir. You can find her on Instagram @jbartoywriter or visit her website at www.jennybartoy.com

The Poetry of Lucille Clifton: a generative workshop

November 4, 7 p.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited

Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language. ~Lucille Clifton

Join Tacoma’s own Poet Laureate for an evening inspired by the poetry of Lucille Clifton.

The group will be discussing Clifton’s work, journeying through themes explored in her words and using them as prompts in their own writing.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Lydia K. Valentine is unapologetically Black. She is a passionate activist for equity and social justice, a proud mom of two amazing people, and an autistic, queer, card-carrying Blerd. She grew up in Aliquippa, Pa, a small, steel mill town north of Pittsburgh, and though she now calls the Pacific Northwest her home, she is a Quip for life. Through her own writing and the projects to which she contributes as a dramaturg, director, or editor under Lyderary Ink,Lydia always seeks to amplify the voices of those who are often stifled, ignored, and marginalized in what has been the accepted narrative of the United States. Lyderary Ink maintains ongoing partnerships with empathos company, The Mahogany Project, Pork Filled Productions, Speak the Magazine, Toy Boat Theatre, and the We Out Here Festival. At the end of the 2020 school year, Lydia shifted from teaching full time at the Seattle Girls’ School to focusing on creative pursuits and consulting. She is working on putting together a virtual reading of her play, Aliquippa, and developing playwrighting and poetry workshops.

Show & Tell 

November 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited

You’ve heard that old writing advice, “Show, don’t tell.” In this workshop, you’ll learn how to craft engaging scenes, enrich your descriptions with specificity and sensory details, and avoid information dumps to balance your pages. We’ll discuss whether it’s okay to “tell, don’t show” and how to make your writing come to life and emotionally connect with your reader. Beginning and intermediate writers welcome. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jenny Bartoy is an editor and writer located in Tacoma, WA. She specializes in developmental and line editing of fiction and creative nonfiction, including memoir. You can find her on Instagram @jbartoywriter or visit her website at www.jennybartoy.com

What Were You Thinking?

January 25, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited (stay tuned for registration link)

A discussion about the questions we ask ourselves while writing whether we know it or not.

Let’s see how specific we can get about the questions we are trying to answer when writing and talk about how discovering our big question can set us free to explore the blank page. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jenni Prange Boran is a professional screenwriter, playwright, and story analyst. She also researched and wrote for Pod Cast-Off, the Sound Experience podcast, and is currently working on a true crime podcast series surrounding a deadly family feud that took place in Southern Indiana in the late 1800s. Prior to her work in writing, Jenni worked in Los Angeles in Set Decoration on films like “The Grinch” and “Bandits”, an experience that lit a fire under her passion for film and taught her characterization through visuals. Jenni now lives in (and loves) Tacoma, WA, and co-hosts a biannual Writers’ Retreat in coastal Grayland, WA.

THEMES AND INSTRUCTORS FROM PREVIOUS WRITER’S WORKSHOP SERIES