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Seattle Writes - Programs and resources to support Seattle writers.

Seattle Writes is a project to support local authors and connect them with our large and avid community of readers.  It includes workshops on the craft of writing, write-ins, author panels, classes on digital publishing and more.



Can't make it to a Seattle Writes workshop? Listen to one of our Seattle Writes recordings when it fits your schedule. You can hear Beth Jusino talk about five things you need to know before you self-publish; follow along as Karen Finneyfrock discusses conflict's role as the machine of fiction; join Nancy Rawles to look at the way dialogue can enliven any kind of writing; or catch up with some panel discussions on publishing for young adults, what it takes to get published, and much more.

Conflict - The Machine of Fiction  
Join Karen Finneyfrock as she discusses the ways conflict drives novels. Explore the types of conflict present in a story, and participate in exercises to help you tease out the conflicts in your story, setting, characters, and dialogue.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 12.1 MB] [duration: 26:18]

5 Things To Know Before You Self Publish  
Author of "The Author's Guide to Marketing," Beth Jusino dispenses five crucial pieces of advice for any author considering self-publishing. Learn how to approach publishing your novel as a business, including when and how to hire people to help you.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 10.7 MB] [duration: 23:12]

The Art of Dialogue  
Author Nancy Rawles looks at the way dialogue can enliven fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays and poetry. She discusses ways in which dialogue can swiftly convey the essence of character, conflict or background information, and offers suggestions for exercises writers can use to practice writing dialogue.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 12.4 MB] [duration: 27:06]

Residencies Revealed - Writers and Programs Tell All  
Retreat directors and writers share inside tips for applying for and attending writing residencies and retreats. Hear about what residencies offer writers.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 44.1 MB] [duration: 1:36:07]

What It Takes to Get Published Today  
Publishing pros share insights on querying, finding an agent, working with an editor, getting your book to readers, and all the steps along the way. -- A panel of multi-published authors discuss their writing processes and adventures in publishing. They'll share solid tips on making your book the best it can be and how to get it into the hands of readers.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 51.4 MB] [duration: 1:29:43]

SELF-e Publishing Launch and Author Panel  
Mitchell Davis, founder of BiblioLabs (creator of SELF-e) demonstrates how the SELF-e platform works for authors. Get tips for creating and submitting your work and learn how books published on the SELF-e platform may be reviewed by Library Journal for possible inclusion in a collection available to readers in participating libraries.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 31.7 MB] [duration: 1:09:06]

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.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 37.6 MB] [duration: 1:22:01]

Writing and Publishing for Young Adults  
Panel discussion for insight from three published YA authors on the writing and publishing process.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 30 MB] [duration: 1:05:28]

Taking the Mystery Out of Getting Published  
Six published crime writers unveil the mysteries of writing and publishing in today's evolving marketplace.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 35.4 MB] [duration: 1:17:12]

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Seattle Writes is made possible with the generous support of

The Seattle Public Library FoundationAmazon Litereary Partnership