Write Now 2017

by Jackie 

We know that writers almost always start out as big readers – and that readers often want to be writers. Between July and December, Sno-Isle Libraries is again hosting our sucessful Write Now series, this year with over forty classes aimed at aspiring and published writers. Whether you’re struggling with page one or you have a full manuscript in your hands, be it fiction, children’s, nonfiction, or if you just want to write your family’s history, there’s a session for you. All classes are entirely free to attend, although registration is suggested for many of them.

Find the upcoming Write Now events below. On our events calendar you’ll be able to see instructor information and full class description, as well as limit the search to the libraries near you and register.

 

Due to space limitations and to ensure value for attendees, some events require registration. They are denoted by an asterisk. See our events calendar to register.

Breaking the Rules of Writing 101
Granite Falls Library
July 11, 2017
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Mill Creek Library*
November 21, 2017
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Writing Poetry Inside Out
Coupeville Library*
July 16, 2017
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Clinton Library
Aug. 5, 2017
10:30 – 12 p.m.

Undercover Writing. Flashlight Required (teen/tween audience)
Mukilteo Library*
July 25, 2017
2 – 4 p.m.

Making Writing a Business: The Nitty-Gritty of Being an Author
Lynnwood Library*
July 29, 2017
10 – 12 p.m.

Get Published, Stay Published
Lynnwood Library*
Aug. 5, 2017
10 – 12 p.m.

Oak Harbor Library
Nov. 9, 2017
5:30 – 7 p.m.

Get Seen, Get Read, Get Sold: How to Market Your Book to Bigger Sales
Coupeville Library
Aug. 28, 2017
2 – 6 p.m.

A Simple but Strong Structure
Clinton Library*
Sept. 9, 2017
10:30 – 12 p.m.

Take Your Writing Up a Notch
Langley Library
Sept. 12, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Intro to Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction
Camano Island Library
Sept. 13, 2017
5 – 8 p.m.

Coupeville Library*
Nov. 6, 2017
2 – 5 p.m.

Family History: Writing the Story When They Left No Stories
Arlington Library
Sept. 14, 2017
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Oak Harbor Library
Nov. 4, 2017
11 – 12 a.m.

Snohomish Library
Nov. 18, 2017
10 – 11 a.m.

Spark – Igniting Your Imagination
Langley Library
Sept. 26, 2017
6:30 p.m.

The Writer’s Hangout
Monroe Library*
Sept. 30, 2017
10 – 1 p.m.

Freeland Library*
Oct. 30, 2017
2 – 5 p.m.

Wordplay that Works
Mariner Library
Sept. 30, 2017
2 – 4 p.m.

Mill Creek Library*
Nov. 7, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.

ReVision: Seeing Your Work Anew
Langley Library
Oct. 5, 2017
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Editing and Revising Your Prose
Clinton Library*
Oct. 7, 2017
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

How to Stop Wishing and Start Writing
Lake Stevens Library*
Oct. 8, 2017
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Camano Island*
Oct. 27, 2017
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Work for Hire: An Alternative Traditional Publishing Path
Mountlake Terrace Library
Oct. 14, 2017
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

You Wrote a Book, Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices
Darrington Library
Oct. 14, 2017
11 – 1 p.m.

Arlington Library
Oct. 26, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mountlake Terrace Library
Nov. 5, 2017
2 – 4 p.m.

Mariner Library
Nov. 18, 2017
2 -4 p.m.

Monroe Library
Dec. 2, 2017
2 -4 p.m.

Undercover Writing. Flashlight Required (tween audience, ages 8-13)
Mariner Library
Oct. 14, 2017
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Self-Editing Tips for Self-Publishing Writers
Coupeville Library
Oct. 16, 2017
2 – 4 p.m.

Do Your Research – And How!
Granite Falls Library
Oct. 28, 2017
11 – 12:30 p.m.

Write Your Memoir 101
Camano Island*
Nov. 2, 2017
6 – 9 p.m.

Journaling for Writers: The “Write” Way to Fiction and Nonfiction
Lake Stevens Library*
Nov. 5, 2017
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Writing Children’s Picture Books
Snohomish Library*
Nov. 5, 2017
2 – 3 p.m.

Triggers: Keys to Reader Engagement
Freeland Library*
Nov. 6, 2017
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Retelling Old Tales
Freeland Library*
Nov. 13, 2017
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

New Paradigms, Unruly Worlds: A Primer for World-Builders
Mill Creek Library*
Nov. 14, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.

Writing the Picture Book
Darrington Library
Nov. 18, 2017
11 – 2 p.m.

Writer’s Business Mindset – From Ideas to Sales
Freeland Library*
Nov. 20, 2017
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Get Representation: What Literary Agents Wish You Knew
Lake Stevens Library*
Dec. 3, 2017
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Developing an Online Presence for Writers
Freeland Library*
Dec. 4, 2017
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Check out the events calendar to see descriptions, instructors, and filter to the libraries near you.

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25 responses to “Write Now 2017”

  1. […] Now” programs are scheduled for 2017, starting in July!  Jackie wrote up a great blog post about the programs. I wanted to add that there may be more events like this at the branch nearest […]

  2. Donna M. Rudiger says:

    Who is teaching these classes? I would like to know the instructors and their qualifications to teach these subjects. Thank you.

    • Michelle C. says:

      Hi Donna, If you click on the link to the calendar, it will take you to a page where you can get the full description for the classes. The full description lists who is teaching the class and more about the topic. I hope that helps!

  3. Almuht Dear-Jossy says:

    Would love to take a Memoirs Writing Class but am having problems with Microsoft Word. I use a Dell Computer and have the latest Word version. Need to learn to use it better. Do you offer classes in Word? If so, which libraries? Need help urgently.

  4. Lyn says:

    Also would like to know who is teaching, and a brief description would also be helpful instead of just the name of the class. Thanks very much.

  5. Lindsey says:

    Almuht, I searched for “Microsoft Word” in the events calendar and found the following: http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&cn=0&private=0&ln=ALL&kw=word

    There will be an Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013 class at Marysville Library on July 6 (2:30-3:30 pm). The same class will be at Oak Harbor Library on July 17 (3:00-4:30 pm), and at Lynnwood Library on August 2 (2:00-3:00 pm).

    In addition, almost every library branch offers Book-a-Librarian sessions (scheduled one-on-one assistance at the library) or walk-in tech sessions. These will also appear in the calendar for each individual branch: http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/

    I hope this helps!

  6. Laura Ramirez Dondero says:

    Is any of these writing classes can be taken on line?

  7. Why is there nothing listed for Marysville…Everything is way to far to attend, except for Arlington and I can do the one in Darrington, but Whidbey Island and the others are way to far. I have wanted to get back into writing and into a writing meeting for a long time, but there seems nothing is available.

    • Michelle C. says:

      Hi Barbara, Marysville is scheduled to have a Write Now class on October 22 from 2-4pm. It is titled “Write Now: You Wrote a Book – Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices” and is taught by Beth Jusino. You can register for it by clicking on the calendar link. Since Sno-Isle Libraries serves both Snohomish and Island counties we have the classes available at a number of different branches to make sure that more people can participate.

    • Chelo Biggerstaff says:

      Barbara:

      I’m one of the Municipal Liaisons for NaNoWriMo. You might be interested in participating in that in November to get you back into writing.

      http://www.nanowrimo.org/

  8. Elizabeth Diedrick says:

    Please identify the speakers, many of these classes do not have presenters listed. People in the field are familiar with the presenters and this should enhance or decrease attendance based upon the writer’s reputation. Thank you.

    • Michelle C. says:

      Hi Elizabeth, You can see who the speakers are by clicking on the calendar link and viewing the full description for each class. Thanks!

  9. Rose Kaczak says:

    I am looking forward to these classes.

  10. Ina Zing says:

    These look like great classes – why are none of them being held at Edmonds?

    • Michelle C. says:

      Hi Ina, Unfortunately we weren’t able to host classes at all of our branches, but hopefully you will be able to attend one in a nearby library. I will let the Edmonds Library know that you would like to see more writing classes there!

  11. Lindsay Miles says:

    I would love to come to these classes! I am a fiction/fantasy author, and I am working on a new book series. I would love some tips and tricks for writing books for children or young adults ages 14-18, as well as ways to look at a finished manuscript with fresh eyes. 🙂

    Super stoked!

  12. Lindsey says:

    Hi Laura, thanks for your question! As of right now, none of the Write Now classes are available online. They are offered at multiple branches throughout our library system in an effort to reach a wide audience, but I understand that isn’t always possible to attend. While it isn’t the same as hearing directly from the presenters, there are writing courses in our Lynda.com database that you may find of interest. Just go to https://www.lynda.com/, then log in with your library card number and password. I got 23,180 results when I searched for “writing” and you can filter your results to be more specific. I hope this helps!

  13. Marie says:

    Thank you for hosting all the many writing events. I am grateful for the many opportunities that they provide for writers of all genres. The library is truly a great gift to our community. And, as an aspiring writer, I simply consider all the many writing events as lovely little gifts to be explored within the confines of the greater gift of the library. May all libraries live on in our hearts and our communities forever!

    • Marie, Thank you so much for this lovely feedback. We hope that everyone is having the great experience that you are having. If you are comfortable, I’m sure the local library staff would love to hear your feedback, too (maybe they’ll even book more classes because of it!).

  14. Tori P says:

    the Edmonds branch does have writing events every month. look for their calendar. many of them are sponsored by the EPIC writers group.

  15. Marion S says:

    The Writing Picture Books classes sounds fabulous–I just wish there were more offered since the two you have scheduled are both on weekends (which I work). Please consider filming this (or other programs) for viewing on your website. That would be so appreciated.

    • Jackie P. says:

      Hi Marion! We don’t currently have plans to film any of these classes, but we are planning on continuing the series in 2018. I encourage you to reach out to your local library with this desire and I’m sure they would take that into account as they schedule. If you are uncomfortable talking to staff in person, feel free to comment again or email me [jparker at sno-isle.org]with which location(s) is most convenient to you, and I’ll pass this comment along. While other classes may not be explicitly about writing picture books, I hope you’re able to find another class that is relevant and convenient for you.

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