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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.

Novel Planning

Novel Planning: Outlines, Mindmaps, and More

Wednesday November 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Writing a novel in a month is an incredible experience that can be even more rewarding when you learn new skills in the process. Outlining isn't just something you do to plan ahead of time; it can be a great way to keep you focused as you work as well. Find out what to do when your novel doesn't follow the outline you've planned. Learn strategies for when you get stuck and need to create ideas out of nothingness. 

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

Katie Johansen

Katie Johansen

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.

Dialogue Workshop

Whisper, Blurt, Declare, Insist: Writing Dialogue Well

Wednesday November 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Getting characters to talk to each other can reveal so much about your plot and your novel. Dialogue is a great way to move things along and force your characters to talk through plot problems. This is the perfect session for writers who are losing steam and need a boost!

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

Moving Forward (By Moving Backward): Finish Your Novel

Wednesday November 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Taking a look at the beginning of your novel can give you hints at what you need to do for your ending. Reflection and awareness are valuable tools to writers and can give you that pensive moment you need to move forward. Previous scenes may have unrealized details or characters just under the surface. Come to this session to get the most out what you’ve already written.

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.