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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.
As an international student who attended both high school and college in the Seattle area, this author has a passion for what international students can do to change their communities. He plans to speak not only about his journey as a young author, but about his experience discovering a passion to help others in Cambodia where he grew up. International student in particular may find this session particularly interesting!
Chamroeun Pen left Cambodia to study in America in 2008 on an F-1 Student Visa. He is a college graduate of the University of Washington, and the author of “Fulfilling A Promise: Life After The Khmer Rouge”. His journey is dedicated to providing the poor children of Cambodia the opportunity to pursue education. He will return to Cambodia to use his knowledge for the good of his community.
This author will share a few short excerpts from the start of some of her stories and talk about the idea of “beginnings” to help new writers get started with their NaNoWriMo journeys. This will be an exciting session where writers will get a glimpse at the writing process and even get a chance to ask some questions!
Jennifer Caloyeras is a novelist and short fiction writer living in Los Angeles. Her debut short fiction collection, Unruly Creatures (October 2017), was published by West Virginia University Press and she is the author of two young adult novels, Strays and Urban Falcon. In addition to running a podcast for booklovers (Books are My People), Caloyeras also teaches short fiction and young adult writing classes at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Finding the courage to write after a traumatic event is challenging in itself, but the world is experiencing ongoing trauma and we don’t yet have the option of feeling the relief of surviving the trauma. Writing can help people cope with their feelings during trauma. Sometimes interpreting trauma as fantasy, speculative fiction, or magical realism can help deal with trauma that feels too scary to face right now. Attend this livestream session to explore topics, try some exercises, and learn more about writing.
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.