Just as much as I love and am committed to running, I love and am committed to the craft of writing, too.  And I’m so deliriously pleased to be participating (along with my friend and mentor, novelist Laura Kalpakian, our mutual writerly friend, Susan Tive) in the creation of the Red Wheelbarrow Writers’ Series beginning in February.  We’ve developed a three-part writers’ workshop to encourage writers in their work and in building community with other writers. If you’ve never taken a class or workshop from Laura, you’re in for a treat. Her feedback is suitable and helpful for writers doing any kind of narrative writing (memoir, fiction, children’s fiction, etc.).


This three-month workshop which will focus on the cycle of practice, process and publishing for writers. Each month will build on and enhance writers’ skills and awareness. Below is a description of what each day-long workshop has in store as well as information about the location and how to pay for the series.

 February 5: Practice

This first session will spotlight the creation and development of strong characterization and narrative voice. Writers of fiction and nonfiction will discover how to populate their pages with memorable people. Participants will learn through written prompts and theatrical techniques.

 March 5: Process

In this second session writers will have the opportunity to further develop their narrative skills and will begin to write their query letters for an agent or editor. Participants will also unearth their natural strengths to enhance their writing process.

 April 2: Publish

For the final session, special industry guests will answer writers’ questions with regard to the publishing process. Participants will revise and receive feedback on their query letters. 

“So much depends…” on community. At Red Wheelbarrow, we are committed to building community among writers. All three sessions will include occasions to connect with others.

Cost: $350 – includes all three-day workshops. Does not include lunch.

Times and Location:

Each session will take place at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa (http://www.thechrysalisinn.com/) located at 804 10thStreet, Bellingham. Parking is available on the street above the building or in the garage below.

 Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  

How to sign up:

Send an email to clostman@live.com to reserve your space. Then send your check for $350 to Cami Ostman at PO Box 29043, Bellingham, WA 98228. You may also pay by Paypal using the email clostman@live.comPlease respond as soon as possible to secure your spot.

Link to article from the Bellingham Herald.

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