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The weekend of November 15 and 16, 2011

was a life-changing weekend for many Red Wheelbarrow Writers! Our workshop, Non-fiction: Proposal and Platform, was a perfect mixture of practical informaion and mutual inspiration among our twenty attendees.

Wendy Welch Skyped in from Big Stone Gap, Virginia to give testemony to the power of a well-written overview. Her proposal garnered interest from two of the big publishing houses. Look for her first book in Spring of 2013!

Later, Gary Luke from Sasquatch Books introduced us to his press and answered our questions about what a publisher is looking for in a non-fiction book proposal. A big thanks to Gary for making the trip from Seattle to hang out with us.

Here are a few comments from those who attended:

Thank you for a great workshop. Money well spent!

I loved how you broke everything down to the smallest steps. Very useful.

Gary Luke was awesome!

I felt more connected with local writers than usually occurs from classes.

This workshop helped me focus on the organization and writing of my
projects. I created my “next steps.”

Another successful, community building gathering. Thanks to all who attended.


As of April 2,

Red Wheelbarrow Writers closed up shop on our three-month series entitled: Practice, Process, Publish! Twenty local writers participated in the following:

  • Character development exercises
  • Help with determining and working with narrative voice
  • A question and answer session with Seattle-based agent, Elizabeth Wales
  • Practice in writing a query letter and flap copy
  • Finding out how your Myers/Briggs type affects your writing

Practice, Process, Publish!

What a time we had developing our writing skills and building community! Thanks to all who joined us.

Here are some comments from our participants about various aspects of the workshop:

“Number one for me was Laura’s incredibly helpful feedback on our writing!” -Victoria

“Great! Very creativity-inducing environment.” – Anonymous

“[Most useful was] meeting with an agent who loves good stories. It demystified the publishing process.” – Anonymous

“I really appreciated the explanation and examples of query letters and flap copies!” – Laura

“[I learned] practical hands-on stuff about agents and submissions…. There’s a wide world of agents and publishers.” – Anonymous

“Learning the 16 writing types was very freeing.” – Kathy

For those of you who would like to continue to garner support from your fellow writers, they will be gathering on the first Saturday of each month. Watch our facebook page for times and locations. Happy Writing!