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NaNoWriMo: NanoWriMo Workshop Series

National Novel Writing Month, November or NaNoWriMo is a challenge where people from all backgrounds try to write 50,000 words in a month.

About these Workshops

Creative Writing Workshops

These one-shot classes are a great way to learn from a variety of instructors about creative writing, brainstorming, and plot. Meet others in the writing community, expand your skills and practice writing with some fun exercises. All skill levels are welcome.

Workshops are open to everyone in the community, are free, and we welcome non-students to join! No sign in is required. 

Finish Your Novel

Simple Prompts to Start a Story

Wednesday November 6 at 5:30 p.m.

This workshop will involve you in fiction methods like writing voice, character development, and others to help you start your novel or story (or nurture one already started). Some easy techniques will be discussed that will let you get to the root of what your story is really about. You will work through writing exercises while also getting a chance to deconstruct very short stories and discuss why they worked so well.

Parking on campus is free after 4:00 p.m. Bring your laptop or paper/pencil. 

Gary Parks

Gary Parks

Gary Parks grew up in western Montana and left at 18 to pursue an education and teaching career. Teaching interests include pre-transfer and transfer composition, research writing, short story writing, fiction studies, and Irish study abroad. Short stories have appeared in Portland Review, Black Warrior Review, Grey's Sporting Journal, Alaska Quarterly, Spindrift, and others.

Dialogue Workshop

Eavesdropping on Our Characters

Wednesday November 13 at 5:30 p.m.

The art of natural language in a novel’s dialogue can suspend a reader’s belief and make them feel like they are overhearing an important conversation. Michael Overa teaches this workshop in the style of Don DeLillo’s intimate and real sounding dialogue conversations.

Parking on campus is free after 4:00 p.m. Bring your laptop or paper/pencil. 

Michael Overa

Michael Overa

With a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a MFA in Creative Writing, Michael Overa has a solid academic background in fiction writing. His award winning work can be found in over 30 publications including two short story collections, This Endless Road and The Filled In Spaces.

Finish Your Novel

Describing Characters

Wednesday November 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Fleshing out the characters in your mind can be so challenging, but readers often say that the characters are the reason they read a story. Write memorable, unique characters with the skills you will learn in this workshop. Avoid cliché, tropes, and stereotypes that objectify or marginalize certain readers.

Parking on campus is free after 4:00 p.m. Bring your laptop or paper/pencil. 

Vince Barnes

Vince Barnes

Having been repeatedly published in the Seattle Times, Vince Barnes is known for his quick witted prose. His short fiction has appeared in national and local literary journals including Thema, Rosebud, and Crosscurrents. He has penned four full-length novels, two of which are self-published online. Barnes teaches English as a Second Language at Shoreline Community College and has his Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Washington.


Nick Falk

The Art of Authoring a Children's Story

Wednesday November 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The discussion will revolve around the process of authoring, illustrating and marketing a children’s book while self-publishing. Tangible examples and simple technologies will help tell the vibrant story of how the Adventures of Jake series came to life. 

With a multitude of degrees in visual communications, a MLIS and an MFA in Integrated Design, Nicholas Falk has a solid academic background in both art and research. His first children’s book I am a Jake is set to be released this winter. 

Katie Johansen

Unpacking Your Plot

Wednesday December 4 at 4:30 p.m.

You’ve finished NaNoWriMo. Congratulations! Now you’ve got to edit. Here’s a great way to get started with reverse outlining, keeping your plot threads onsistent , and following through with character developments.

Katie Johansen has her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University and has taught writing and English classes at 6 colleges and universities. Her work has been published in a variety of publications, she has presented at many conferences on the topic of writing, and is the current literary advisor for Spindrift magazine.

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