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February 22, 2018

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Release Date: 08/27/2014

The Seattle Public Library hosts 'Seattle Writes' workshops in English & Spanish Sept. 6 - Nov. 30

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The Seattle Public Library has expanded its Seattle Writes program series and will host over 30 writing workshops at several Library locations this fall. Learn how to get started with self-publishing, write poetry, develop a story's character, create a picture book and more.


The workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is required for most workshops; check the Library's calendar for details. Free parking is available at the branches; parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates.


See below for the workshop schedule and descriptions or visit the Seattle Writes page.


Writing Workshops in English, Sept. 13 - Nov. 30


Short Story Symbolism

Learn to identify the themes of your short stories and build them using subtle symbolism.


Voices Up - The Stories of Our Lives

This workshop explores short nonfiction, personal essays and "flash memoir" with an optional emphasis on LGBTQ writing at the Central Library workshop.


What's so Funny? Writing Humor for Kids

This hands-on workshop will examine how to use humor effectively in crafting children's novels.


Poetry Writing

Join us for writing and reading exercises, craft lectures on structuring poems and developing sensory language, and suggestions for future poetic engagement.


Writing the Picture Book

Learn how to write a picture book story for children.


Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer

Do you think you're done? Join us for self-editing tips with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino.


West Seattle Story Weavers: Short Story Writing

Learn the basic elements of a great short story, write your own first draft, share feedback and encouragement with fellow writers-all in three weeks.


Writing Teen Fiction

Are you working on a young adult (YA) novel? Don't miss this panel discussion for insight from three published YA authors on the writing and publishing process.


How to Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book

You typed "The End." Now what? Join us for self-publishing tips with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino.


Selling Your Self-Published Book

You've finished your book-how do you put it in front of readers? Join us for self-publishing tips with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino.


Start Your Novel

This class is for anyone who wants to explore the possibility of writing a novel during November (National Novel Writing Month) or at a more leisurely pace.


Secrets to Long-Term Self-Publishing Sales

Want to learn some marketing strategies that actually work? Join us for self-publishing tips with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino.


Seattle Writes: Character Development

Learn how to create characters that jump off the page and imprint themselves in the reader's memory.


NaNoWriMo Write-In

Are you writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month? Come to the Central Library on Monday evenings in November!


Successful Self-Publishing

Are you working on a book? Have you considered independent publishing? Join us for a panel discussion with publishing professionals, who will share how to successfully navigate the self-publishing world.


Memoir Writing

Turn your memories and adventures into a compelling memoir.


NaNoWriMo Write-In-The Final Countdown

Finish writing your novel at the Library! It's our final write-in (and the final countdown!) on the last day of National Novel Writing Month.


Writing Workshops in Spanish, Sept. 6 - Nov. 1

All Spanish writing workshops take place at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room 2.


Preparando tus obras para la publicación (Preparing your work for publication)

Después de haber escrito y desarrollado su libro, es el momento de dar el siguiente paso: la publicación. Aprenda acerca de la edición de libros, incluyendo las opciones de auto-publicación. (After you've written and developed your book, it's time to take the next step: publication. Learn about book publishing, including self-publishing options.)


Escribiendo cuentos infantiles (Writing stories for children) Partes 1 y 2

¿Le gusta contar y escuchar cuentos para niños? Aprenda a crear sus propios cuentos para niños. (Do you enjoy telling and listening to stories for kids? Learn how to create your own stories for children.)


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636, visit Seattle Writes or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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