Classes

I teach craft and publishing classes around the Northwest. Below is a sample of some of the classes I am currently teaching or have recently taught. Email me if you would like a class offered again near you.

Write in the Harbor Conference, Gig Harbor, WA, Saturday, November 2, 2019

I will be offering two workshops at this conference:

Publishing 101 from 1:00-1:50

Whether you have an article, short story or entire manuscript, navigating how and where to publish it can be daunting. How do you find magazines and journals for your stories? Do you need an agent to publish a book? What are small presses? What are the pros and cons of self publishing and how do you do it? What is a pitch versus a query? All of these questions and more will covered as well as general explanations to the various publishing options available to you.

Five Most Common Flaws from 2:00-2:50

Revision is part of writing. What and how to revise often becomes confusing causing writers to wonder if their rewrites are enhancing their story or merely “rearranging the deck chairs.” With nearly twenty years of experience as a developmental editor, Corbin has learned that almost all manuscripts and stories have most if not all of these five flaws: lack of theme, troublesome arcs, problematic point of view, redundancy (and the opposite), and poor pacing. She will explain these problems and offer tips on how to avoid them.

Writing About Your Profession, Richard Hugo House, Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Many professionals want to share their career knowledge, but don’t know where to begin. A series of articles? A book? How do they distinguish their work from others’ work? Should they incorporate personal stories into the content? (Successful examples of this kind of writing include Working Stiff, Maid, and Delancey.) Through in-class exercises, participants will craft their themes, clearly define their message, identify why they are uniquely skilled to convey this message, and learn the steps they need to take to accomplish their goal.

Moving Words Clinic, June and July, 2019 Ballard and Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. 

This is a writing program offered for teens over the summer. 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.

Awaken, Chocolati Cafe, 1716 N 45th Street, Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Sunday, February 3, and April 7, 2019 2:00-4:00. Free

IMG_2234During this workshop we will awaken ourselves and our writing through prompts, sharing, and perhaps caffeine and sugar. Corbin will lead us through several writing exercises, all to do with the various meanings and translations of wake. Come join this welcoming and open community for an afternoon of writing that will leave you inspired to create and perhaps waken other areas of your life.

 

Writing with Intention, Spirit Workshop, February 25, 2018 2-4, University Congregational UCC Lounge, 4515 16th Avenue NE, Seattle, 98105 Free event and free parking available.

During this workshop I invite you to connect powerfully with your best intentions through simple writing exercises and reflections.. Your words can move you – and the world — towards the change you wish to see.

 

Completing Your Memoir Saturday, Feb. 3rd @The Writers’ Workshoppe in Pt. Townsend, WA 10-4:00pm $140 Max of 12 writers

What prevents you from completing your memoir? Is it a lack of theme? Weak story arc? Unclear ending? Fear of writing about others? During this class we will diagnose the hurdle between you and a complete manuscript. From there, we will discuss ways to overcome those obstacles and workshop these weak areas. 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. Attention will be focused on identifying and strengthening the theme(s) of your memoir, for that is almost always a complicated issue for writers. Please bring a laptop or favored way of writing and your memoir in progress for this will be a hands on workshop. We will not generate new work, but rather strengthen your work in progress so it is assumed each participant has a draft of a memoir to work on.

 

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.

Writing Through Change, Change Through Writing, Centerpeace Healing Arts, 1800 NW Market Street, Suite 210, 5 weeks

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.