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Break into Freelance Magazine Writing

In my Seattle writing classes, I invite experts to talk about their approach to writing and editing. I had the pleasure of having Alaska Airlines Magazine associate editor Andrew Waite talk to my spring Seattle writing class about how to

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New Issue of The Writer’s Workshop Review

I’m now working on the next issue of The Writer’s Workshop Review, the online literary magazine for The Writer’s Workshop. The stories have been accepted; now the editing begins, choosing the photos to run with the stories, writing the captions

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The Art of the Pitch For Freelance Writers

Pitching story ideas to magazines and newspapers is one of the essential skills I teach in my writing classes. Recently I had the pleasure of hosting Paulette Perhach, a Seattle-based freelance writer and author of Welcome to the Writer’s Life,

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How to Write a Dramatic Scene

In my Seattle writing classes, I teach how to write a dramatic scene, an especially effective way of organizing stories. In my Seattle writing classes, I explain how to use dramatic scenes to give life and movement to stories, whether

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The Writing Life from The Writer’s Workshop

THE WRITING LIFE WITH THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP   In her essay collection, Mystery and Manners, Flannery O’Connor talks about writing as a habit of art. I discuss this approach in The Writer’s Workshop talk on The Writing Life, on Wednesday,

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Five Best Openings in Seattle Writing Classes

The opening is the most important part of any story or book, one of the topics I’ll be discussing in my upcoming Seattle writing class, Tell Your Story, spend as much time as necessary finding a strong lead. Rewrite the

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Fish Tales in Seattle Writing Classes

Kevin Bailey knows fish.  As founding director of the Man & Sea Institute and affiliate professor at the University of Washington, he developed a deep and profound knowledge of fisheries and love of the sea. Near the end of his

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The Art of the Interview in Seattle writing class.

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW   Interviewing is an essential skill for any writer, one of the skills I’ll be teaching in my upcoming Seattle writing class. Almost all non-fiction articles and books require some interviewing as part of the

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How Do You Tell Your Story?

How do you tell your story? It’s such a fundamental question, but it’s not always easy to answer. A big part of succeeding in telling your story lies in knowing how to tell a story. What is a story exactly?

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In Medias Res Openings in Seattle Writing Classes

In my summer Seattle writing class, we’ll discuss In Medias Res openings, one of the most effective ways of opening a story. To write in medias res, you’ll need a strong scene from the middle of your story. Pick the

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