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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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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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How to Write a Dramatic Outline Discussed in Seattle Writing Class

  In my Seattle writing classes, I’ve learned that structure is the biggest challenge for most writers. While most writers understand sentence structure and paragraphing, they have trouble organizing paragraphs into a larger story. This is one of the things

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How to Create Strong Characters in Writing Classes

In my writing classes, I emphasize the need to bring people to life on the page. Strong characters are the heart and soul of every great story, whether fiction or nonfiction. To make your story compelling, you have to ensure

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