…how much I enjoyed your lessons and encouragement. Your class was an inspiration. —Mary Kay, Hugo House student
I teach craft and publishing classes around the Northwest. Below is a sample of some of the classes I have recently taught. Email me if you would like a class offered again near you.
Completing Your Memoir, Richard Hugo House, Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:00-4:00
What prevents you from completing your memoir or long personal essay? Is it a lack of theme? Weak story arc? Unclear ending? Fear of writing about others? We will diagnose the hurdle between you and a complete manuscript and discuss ways to overcome those obstacles. Using examples from established writers, we will refresh ourselves on the key aspects of memoir such as pacing, struggle, and epiphanies. This class is for writers wanting to complete their memoir.
This class is held at the Good Shepherd Center. Register here.
Crafting Your Personal Essay, Write on the Sound, Friday, September 30, 2016 1-4:30 PM
The most interesting personal essays are about life’s struggles. This workshop will identify the struggle of your story, which often involves some trial and error, as well as trial and success, and how to place your story within the context of “the hero’s journey.” Included are discussion and handouts on thesis, ending, dialogue, characters, arc, scenes, and other necessary elements, as well as revision tips and techniques.
Moving Words Clinic , June and July 2016
Learn a writing process that embraces your opinions, your vocabulary, your mistakes and your personal experience. Learn how true and meaningful writing unleashes your best work. This is a fun, yet intensive, writing clinic that builds on each writer’s unique style and teaches students to write personal essays. Students work in groups and one-on-one with teachers who support each student’s strengths and learning style. All activities—even the afternoon teas—are designed to create a climate of trust, focus, motivation and joy, so all students leave knowing more about themselves as writers, speakers and thinkers.
Crafting a Personal Essay, May 14, 2016 10:00-5:00 PM
This class will be held in Bellingham, WA through Chuckanut Writers
Do you have a personal essay you want to write but don’t know where to start or end, what to put in or leave out? Writing begins with determining both the story you want to write and the story arc that drives it, which isn’t as simple as it sounds. Memoir author Corbin Lewars has 20 years of experience teaching writers how to structure and write their story. She will teach you how to bring your story to life through dialogue, pacing, character development, epiphany, and other proven narrative writing techniques
Completing Your Memoir, Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00-4:00 PM
Contact Hugo House to register.
What prevents you from completing your memoir or long personal essay? Is it a lack of theme? Weak story arc? Unclear ending? We will diagnose the hurdle between you and a complete manuscript. From there, we will discuss ways to overcome those obstacles. Using examples from established writers, we will refresh ourselves on the key aspects of memoir such as pacing, struggle, and epiphanies, in ways that will help you move forward with your own writing. This class takes place at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98105, Room #221.
Fundamentals of Crafting Compelling Characters
Saturday, September 21, 2013 1:00-3:00 pm, Writer on the River, Wenatchee, WA
This class addresses the importance of your character’s back story, what character attributes are important to flesh out,what descriptions to avoid, how to use dialogue to enhance your character, the importance of a character arc, and more! Register here
Writing Through Change, Change Through Writing, Centerpeace Healing Arts, 1800 NW Market Street, Suite 210 4 Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm, May 1-22, 2013 Fee: $190
As a writer, you are probably familiar with the benefits of writing through life’s transitions. Scientific research supports this notion by stating that the act of writing reduces stress as well as removes mental blocks, which allows us to use our brainpower to better understand ourselves and others and solve our problems more effectively. Writing not only changes us, describing our change and epiphanies enriches our writing. Corbin will lead writing exercises and facilitated conversations on how to best utilize your writing when facing change and how best to describe your transformations and realizations in your writing. Shared reading from authors such as Cheryl Strayed, Brenda Miller, Sage Cohen, Augusten Burroughs, and Natalie Goldberg will help illustrate these points.
The class is designed to be small and supportive and writers of all levels are welcome.
Digging Deep, Richard Hugo House Dates: Mondays, March 18-April 22, 2013 7-9 p.m.
In this class we will learn why anecdotes can be shared at cocktail parties, but not in memoir. We’ll discuss tension and pacing, because no one wants to write (or read) a memoir that reads like a journal. And we’ll forget about what your mother will think, or if your company will sue you; we won’t even concern ourselves with the EXACT truth for six weeks, because that is the beauty of drafts, they can always change. This class is designed for those who have a solid draft of a memoir and are ready to dig deep in order to make it richer.
I just wanted to take a quick moment to express my gratitude to you for making my very first EVER writing class/experience such a wonderful one. Your kindness and graciousness made me feel instantly at ease. In addition, your encouragement has spurred me to try harder and take more classes and actually do some more writing!
Thanks to you more than you’ll ever know.
—Denise, WOTS Personal Essay class participant