Events & Classes

July 16-August 20, 7-9 p.m.
Short Story Bootcamp: How to Write Short Fiction that Gets Noticed
6 Tuesdays
Edmonds Community College
Seating is limited–only 12 spaces!

Don’t be afraid of the name: this 6-week class will be a gentle and inspiring introduction into the wonderful world of writing short fiction. We’ll examine effective, jaw-dropping short stories and what makes them tick. We’ll learn fun new idea generation techniques, experimental short story formats, revision tips to make your stories gleam, and we’ll try our hands at writing our own short fiction. Best of all, we’ll learn how to get our work in front of publishers.

Students will leave this class with at least new 3 short story ideas, a cover letter, and will also receive a critique of a short story of up to 5000 words from me, the instructor!

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July 29- August 19, 7-9 p.m.
Revising Your Short Story: Polishing your Writing until it Shines
4 Mondays
Edmonds Community College

Revising your writing can make the difference between a rejected short story, and one that gets publishers excited. In this class, instructor GG. Silverman will show you her own techniques for editing short fiction, and making it attractive to publishers. We’ll also learn how to workshop our pieces with critique partners. Students must bring copies of one work in progress (a short story up to 5000 words long) to class for workshopping, and will leave the class with a revised piece of writing.

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July 31, 7-9 p.m.
How to Sell Your Short Stories and Poetry
Edmonds Community College
Seating is limited–only 12 spaces!

Have you been writing short stories, but have no idea how or where to get them published? Then this class is for you. I’ll share my strategies for getting my short stories published in magazines, on websites, in anthologies, and winning prizes. We’ll learn about researching your target market, creating a submission calendar, how to write a strong cover letter, contract basics, and more. If your goal is to get your short stories out in the world and in front of an audience, then don’t wait. Sign up for this workshop today!

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August 3-4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Writing Flash Fiction with Improv
Edmonds Community College
2-day workshop
Seating is limited–only 12 spaces!

I’ll be teaching folks how I use improv techniques to push my writing into exciting territory and free up blocks. Since applying these techniques, my writing’s gotten faster, and my ideas weirder and more sellable. Turns out, editors love weird. In the class, we’ll be writing flash fiction, a really fun short form, perfect for experimenting!

It’s a great class for those who’ve never written before but want to start, and for experts who want to try shorter forms and shake up their routine & write faster/weirder.

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August 8: Featured reader at Surreal Storytelling 1-year Anniversary Party
6 p.m. -midnight
Location TBA. Literary readings, maker’s market, DJ, dance party

Past events:

Jan 10, 2019
Noir at the Bar
Alibi Room, Pike Place Market, 8 pm
I’ll be reading something dangerous at this esteemed reading by authors of dark fiction, mystery, crime stories.

Dec 8, 2018
Surreal Storytelling with Strange Women
Ghost Gallery, 1111 E. Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

I’ll be reading work from my soon-to-come short-story collection, alongside some other amazing female writers. It’ll be an amazing night of magic, mystery, and power. Tickets sell out fast, get yours ASAP here.

October 27, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
GeekGirlCon panel:

From Buffy to Okoye: How to write a heroine with heart who stands on her own two feet

Location: The Conference Center, Seattle WA, Shuri Room, Lower Level

Description: These days, everyone talks about “strong female characters.” But what does that mean? In this panel discussion, we’ll explore how to move beyond the “warrior looking for love” trope and create genuine, believable, multi-faceted characters who kick butt while displaying their emotional depth. Save the hero. Save the world. And do it all with heart.

October 30, 2018, 7 p.m.
Suitcase of Chrysanthemums anthology launch party
Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, Seattle
I’ll be a featured reader at this anthology launch party for fierce and strange fiction and poetry.