Category: Seminars

Social Media and Book Promotion

In my Seattle writing classes, I teach students the full range of narrative writing techniques as well as how to get published, including social media and book promotion. Now, obviously you have to write at a high level to get

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Seattle Writing Class Explores Memoir Writing

My winter Seattle Writing Class, Follow the Story, will explore a number of writing genres, including memoir writing. Memoir is especially useful in treating questions of identity, a particularly American dilemma, as this is a country without strong classes and

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Seattle Writing Class Discusses Travel Writing

My winter Seattle Writing Class, Follow the Story, will focus on genre in narrative writing. We will discuss travel writing and many other genres during the eight- session class. Here are some tips for the would-be travel writer:   START

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Seattle Writing Classes: Breaking Writer’s Block

One of the best things about writing for a daily newspaper is that it either permanently cures you of writer’s block, or it convinces you to pursue another profession. When I worked on the Ellensburg Daily-Record, a small daily in

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Seattle Writing Class Hosts U.W. Press Editor

In my Seattle writing classes, I always provide a detailed explanation of the publishing process. As part of this, I like to invite editors to speak about how they publish books and stories. Last week, we had the pleasure of hearing from

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Travel Writing Marketing

I had the pleasure of speaking at Roy Stevenson’s recent Travel Writing Marketing Workshop. I’m including below a guest blog post from Roy about how to market your travel stories, including some very helpful books and articles: The majority of

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Follow the Story: Winter Creative Writing Seminar

Follow the Story will explore the genres of fiction and nonfiction. The eight-week course will introduce you to a wonderfully diverse mix of writing–personal essays, memoirs, profiles, travel stories, short light pieces and short stories. What are the “rules” and

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Kerfuffle Over Teaching Writing

The following is a link to a Seattle Times story about the teaching of writing at MFA programs and beyond. It raises some interesting questions about the role of a teacher in a writing class.

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Travel Writing in Tuscany Class

Excellent story on local companies offering trips to exotic locales, including my Travel, Food and Wine Writing classes in Europe.

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Phillip Lopate Speaks About First Person Writing

Anyone who has laughed out loud while reading Against Joie de Vivre by Phillip Lopate would have enjoyed his talk on Feb. 27 at the AWP Conference in Seattle. He credited Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground as an important early

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