Write Now: Write, Revise, Publish, and Find an Audience

writenowlogo-smallWe know that writers almost always start out as big readers – and that readers often want to be writers. Between October and December, Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting over two dozen Write Now 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 limit the search to the libraries near you and register.

 

Writing the Short Mystery

Have you ever wanted to write a short story in the mystery genre? This class will help you get started. We will cover how to find your subject matter, the definition of story, the various mystery sub-genres, characterization, dialogue, the three act structure, expected length, and the ever changing marketplace. In addition we will discuss something rarely discussed in writer’s manuals: how to conduct yourself when dealing with today’s publishing industry.

Presented by Martin Limón

Marysville Library

10/18/2016

6:30 PM

 

Write From Experience

Each of us has a mental “attic” full of personal experiences that can be dusted off and developed into stories that engage, educate, entertain and inspire. Practice generating new material quickly, whether for fiction, articles, promotional pieces or presentations. Learn how to separate the creating stage from the critiquing stage, so you can first get out of your own way and allow your inner creative genius to emerge. Develop a keener eye—and ear—for editing. Learn how to receive, evaluate, apply and offer constructive feedback.

Presented by Sandy Bjorgen

Mountlake Terrace Library

10/22/2016

10:00 AM

 

Get Representation: What Literary Agents Wish You Knew

If you are pursuing traditional publishing, you need a literary agent. In this hands-on class, you will find out what agents do (and don’t do), how to determine which agent is right for your work, and learn some basic etiquette for approaching them. We’ll discuss pitches and query letters, and you’ll leave with a completed worksheet customized to your work-in-progress to jumpstart your search.

Presented by J. Anderson Coats

Freeland Library

10/26/2016

11:00 AM

 

How to Write Your Novel in Nine Weeks

Award-winning novelist Bill Dodds uses a lighthearted approach as he offers practical suggestions, valuable tips, and honest encouragement to help you begin — and complete — your book.

Presented by Bill Dodds

Monroe Library

11/1/2016

6:00 PM

 

Polishing Your Manuscript: What to Do and When

Finishing a manuscript isn’t where the work ends. In this two-hour workshop, Margaret Bendet takes writers through the tasks necessary to polish a manuscript and make it shine. Attendees will learn how to be objective about their writing, the importance of beta readers, and the necessity of editors.

Presented by Margaret Bendet

Langley Library

11/5/2016

10:00 AM

 

Family History: Writing the Story When They Left No Stories

You’ve spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. Now it’s finally time to take all that data and put it together into a story that your friends and relatives – yes, even your spouse and children! – will want to read. Using social history resources Mary Roddy will show you how to take your data and “fluff it up” with the kinds of details that draw your reader into the story of their ancestors’ lives.

Presented by Mary Roddy

Lynnwood Library

11/5/2016

10:00 AM

 

Jumpstart Your Writing!

You have no talent. You’re stuck. You’re too old, too young, or far too busy. Sound familiar? Creativity coach, author, and teacher Deb Lund will help you understand and navigate the creative process so you can make progress on your writing goals. Bring your doubts, fears, questions, and dreams, and learn how to transform your inner critic into an inner creativity coach.

Presented by Deb Lund

Lake Stevens Library

11/6/2016

2:00 PM

 

Make Writing a Business: Nitty-Gritty of Being an Author Entrepreneur

Make Writing a Business: Nitty-Gritty of Being an Author Entrepreneur. Expand your writing passion to embrace entrepreneurship. In the session, participants will discover resources that will help them manage their writing ventures. Learn the basics of a writing enterprise, such as home office deductions, sales taxes and tax reseller agreements. Topics include domain names, websites, accepting credit cards, bank accounts, crowdfunding, licenses, and more.

Presented by Maya Sullivan

Coupeville Library

11/8/2016

1:30 PM

 

How to Stop Wishing and Start Writing

Do you want to write but keep finding reasons not to start or stick with it? Join this interactive session to explore the many paths to writing success, typical barriers and myths, and strategies to help. Walk away with a personal get-started or restarted plan.

Presented by Jennifer Phillips

Langley Library

11/12/2016

1:00 PM

 

Book Marketing from Your Couch, Social Media 101

Social media can be confusing, but book marketing from the couch is easy once you learn how. Discover how to grow your Facebook author page from zero to thousands of followers. Learn how to reach readers on Instagram and YouTube. Become a hashtag expert and wield them to your advantage. Analyze your audience and ascertain the best social media vehicle to dominate. This class is for veteran authors as well as writers seeking to grow their platforms in the hopes of landing an agent or publishing deal.

Presented by Jennifer Bardsley

Freeland Library

11/14/2016

2:00 PM

 

Family History: Writing the Story When They Left No Stories

You’ve spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. Now it’s finally time to take all that data and put it together into a story that your friends and relatives – yes, even your spouse and children! – will want to read. Using social history resources Mary Roddy will show you how to take your data and “fluff it up” with the kinds of details that draw your reader into the story of their ancestors’ lives.

Presented by Mary Roddy

Coupeville Library

11/15/2016

1:30 PM

 

The Care & Feeding of YA & MG Novels

Young adult and middle-grade fiction has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, and many authors worry how to make their books stand out in the crowd. In this hands-on class, you will learn about aspects of promotion unique to kidlit, how to use social media to build a following, and how to form productive partnerships with gatekeepers.

Presented by: J. Anderson Coats

Mill Creek Library

11/15/2016

7:00 PM

 

Book Marketing from Your Couch, Social Media 101

Social media can be confusing, but book marketing from the couch is easy once you learn how. Discover how to grow your Facebook author page from zero to thousands of followers. Learn how to reach readers on Instagram and YouTube. Become a hashtag expert and wield them to your advantage. Analyze your audience and ascertain the best social media vehicle to dominate. This class is for veteran authors as well as writers seeking to grow their platforms in the hopes of landing an agent or publishing deal.

Presented by Jennifer Bardsley

Monroe Library

11/15/2016

6:00 PM

 

From Inspiration to Publication

What is a memoir? How do I write my memoir? How do I publish my memoir? There are as many ways to write a memoir as there are writers with stories to share. A panel of four published memoirists will address these topics while sharing their own unique journeys. Topics will range from techniques for generating ideas and methods for drafting and organizing a book-length memoir to publishing options in today’s changing landscape. Attendees will be invited to reflect on their own projects, ask questions, and share their ideas.

Presented by Judith Works

Arlington Library

11/19/2016

2:00 PM

 

Someday is Now: Creating and Maintaining Your Writing Practice

The hardest part about writing is, well, writing!  If you don’t write because you’re paralyzed by procrastination and perfectionism, overwhelmed by what you need to accomplish every day, or you’re just too scared to start, you need a writing practice.  In this supportive workshop, you’ll learn how to use the latest findings on motivation, habits and productivity to jumpstart and maintain your practice. You’ll gain insights about why you want to write, your goals, and your work style.  You’ll also learn how to trick your brain into helping you instead of hindering you.  You’ll leave with many techniques and resources to help you get the words out of your head and onto the page. There will never be a better time to write, “someday” is now!

Presented by Shannon Finch

Camano Library

11/19/2016

10:00 AM

 

Developing an Author Website

Having your own web site to promote yourself and your writing is easier (and cheaper) than you might think. There are free and low-cost options available where you can create a base of operations for linking to social media and marketing your works. You’ll examine the options, how to create content, and how to end up with a great web site. It’s easy and intuitive. Solve the mysteries of domains and hosting. Q&A session follows.

Presented by Rick Lawler

Lynnwood Library

11/19/2016

10:00 AM

 

Children’s Lit Starter Kit

When you walk into library, do you head straight to the children’s section? Do you pore over children’s picture books even when you have no child in tow? Have you wondered what it would take to be a published children’s author? As the author of ten traditionally published children’s picture books, Eric Ode will cover the ins and outs of the children’s literature market. We’ll discuss everything from board books to middle grade fiction with an emphasis on children’s picture books and the goal of giving your work its best chance at being published.

Presented by Eric Ode

Marysville Library

11/20/2016

2:00 PM

 

Someday is Now: Creating and Maintaining Your Writing Practice

The hardest part about writing is, well, writing!  If you don’t write because you’re paralyzed by procrastination and perfectionism, overwhelmed by what you need to accomplish every day, or you’re just too scared to start, you need a writing practice.  In this supportive workshop, you’ll learn how to use the latest findings on motivation, habits and productivity to jumpstart and maintain your practice. You’ll gain insights about why you want to write, your goals, and your work style.  You’ll also learn how to trick your brain into helping you instead of hindering you.  You’ll leave with many techniques and resources to help you get the words out of your head and onto the page. There will never be a better time to write, “someday” is now!

Presented by Shannon Finch

Darington Library

12/3/2016

1:00 PM

 

You Wrote a Book – Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices

This workshop takes an unbiased and unvarnished look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self publishing (with or without the support of service companies) to “hybrid” and other emerging models. Taught by a publishing professional who appreciates both sides of the fence, this class gets past the hype and examines pros and cons of each choice, realistic costs and income potential, as well as scams and pitfalls to avoid. Most importantly, it helps writers seeking publication understand their own goals, strengths, and how to make a decision that’s best for them.

Presented by Beth Jusino

Lynnwood Library

12/3/2016

10:00 AM

 

Triggers: Keys to Reader Engagement

How do you transfer the story in your mind into a reader’s mind? The writer’s words on the page are only a part of what makes a story come alive–the reader provides the rest, if the words trigger the reader’s emotions, memories, and imagination. Attendees will learn their own reading triggers, and how to approach their own writing in a way that taps into the triggers of their readers. By trusting the reader to be your partner, writers are set free to lay the trail, knowing the reader will not just follow, but willingly, happily, bring much of the journey.

Presented by Bernadette Pajer

Oak Harbor Library

12/5/2016

2:00 PM

 

Creating Compelling Characters and Settings in Fiction

We all know a vivid fictional character when we encounter one, but where do they come from? How can setting become a living, breathing part of the story? This class will explore the limitless possibilities of character and setting and will get you onto the path toward creating your own memorable fiction.

Presented by Seth Riley

Clinton Library

12/10/2016

10:00 AM

 

Family History: Writing the Story When They Left No Stories

You’ve spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. Now it’s finally time to take all that data and put it together into a story that your friends and relatives – yes, even your spouse and children! – will want to read. Using social history resources Mary Roddy will show you how to take your data and “fluff it up” with the kinds of details that draw your reader into the story of their ancestors’ lives.

Presented by Mary Roddy

Sultan Library

12/15/2016

10:00 AM

 

You Wrote a Book – Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices

This workshop takes an unbiased and unvarnished look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self publishing (with or without the support of service companies) to “hybrid” and other emerging models. Taught by a publishing professional who appreciates both sides of the fence, this class gets past the hype and examines pros and cons of each choice, realistic costs and income potential, as well as scams and pitfalls to avoid. Most importantly, it helps writers seeking publication understand their own goals, strengths, and how to make a decision that’s best for them.

Presented by Beth Jusino

Oak Harbor Library

12/19/2016

2:00 PM

 

Marketing Your Self-Published Novel

Geared toward novelists, this will be a guide to strategically marketing yourself as an author and creating a platform-focused plan to start implementing long before you launch, so you can hit the crowded market with a fighting chance. Attendees will leave with a knowledge of strategies for gaining readers for their self-published novels, with an emphasis on long-term success and sustainability so you can continue to build momentum for your book well after its release.

Presented by G.G. Silverman

Mill Creek Library

11/1/20106

7:00 PM

 

Polishing Your Manuscript: What to Do and When

Finishing a manuscript isn’t where the work ends. In this two-hour workshop, Margaret Bendet takes writers through the tasks necessary to polish a manuscript and make it shine. Attendees will learn how to be objective about their writing, the importance of beta readers, and the necessity of editors.

Presented by: Margaret Bendet

Mukilteo Library

11/12/12016

10:00 AM

 

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2 responses to “Write Now: Write, Revise, Publish, and Find an Audience”

  1. Elena says:

    This is great! Will the ‘Write the Short Mystery’ and ‘Writing from Experience’ classes be offered again?

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