Class Overview

Creative Writing Workshop | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationDo you have a story to tell? Be it non-fiction, fiction or family history, this workshop will be the springboard for your writing projects. Learn the basics of how to write stories which tap into your creativity, and resonate with others.

During this fun and instructive workshop, we'll engage in discussion, practice exercises and writing time with the goal of developing your writing skills in order to:

  • Identify skills such as plot development, character analysis, and use of tension, foreshadowing and strong verbs
  • Describe the meaning you intend from your stories
  • Define what is working well and what is not, and state why
  • Use your skills and integrate them into your work
  • Create stories or sketches which are vivid and capture the reader’s attention
  • List those micro skills which add to a better story
  • Apply all skills in writing
  • Discuss your own writing and others in an objective, encouraging manner

We'll cover the following topics:

  • Keeping the reader turning the pages: Tension on every page
  • Spinning a plot with objective correlatives
  • Digging deeper into characters with senses, settings and relationships
  • Choosing the right word: Vivid and specific, or general and fuzzy
  • Keeping your reader reading with monologues, dialogues and reflections
  • How do you publish and market your work? Where do you begin?

You'll also have the opportunity to share your work in a safe, nurturing environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn techniques which give you a skill set to analyze your own writing and improve it
  • Feel comfortable with your own writing and less intimidated by the process
  • Discover how to write in a manner which will resonate readers
  • Create a community of writers who are willing to share their writing in a non-judgmental manner
  • Offer a forum for experimenting with writing
  • Ascertain the direction you would like to pursue with your writing
  • Have fun!

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone who has ever wondered, could I be a writer?
  • Individuals who have tried their hand at writing and would like to move further with their work
  • Those who are interested in pursuing writing beyond the traditional classroom environment

Student Testimonials

I learned a lot from this class and the professor was great.


I really appreciate the strong experience of the instructor as a writer and a teacher. Her lecture material covered a lot of useful information for beginning writers and she did a great job integrating interactive material with her students. -- Kacie Seigle

Instructor, Location L& Fee

  • Instructor: EC Murray
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $109