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Upcoming Writing Classes

May 14, 2015

Hello Writers,  I just got back from our annual “Writing the Waves” cruise which was fabulous this year.  It’s time to start thinking about what’s next.  Here are my upcoming writing workshops and classes.  Please join me for some of them, or pass the word to anyone who might be interested.

One Day Pitching Class

Sat. Aug. 1, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Everything you need to know to polish your pitch before the Willamette Writers Conference the following weekend.

Also the same content is useful for query letters. Class is for all genres, books and screenplays.

Cost of class:  $50.  To sign up go to or call Bill at the WW office (503)305-6729

Fall Screenwriting Class

Six Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm at my home in north Wilsonville near I-5 and the 205.

Cost $495.  To register contact Bill Johnson at Willamette Writers (above)

Includes everything you need to know to write and sell screenplays successfully.

Students from this class have gone on to sell scripts and have success in films and TV.

Most of the class material is applicable to plays, stories, novels and memoirs as well.

Dates:  Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and Nov. 7.

The Master Class

Open to those who have previously taken Sat classes or Writing Cruise.

This class is limited to 10 students, and each Monday evening we meet from 7 to 10 pm and read an entire screenplay by one of them.  Cost is $495.  To register for this class email me directly at  (It is not through Willamette Writers.)  It also meets at my home.

Next year’s cruise itinerary is set.  Contact me for a flyer.

We’ll be going to Spain, France and Italy.

2 Comments leave one →
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    May 14, 2015 11:21 pm

    Hi again, Would love to know about the Writing the Waves cruise next year. Todd Vogel

  2. Beryl OConnell permalink
    May 15, 2015 2:06 pm

    Hi, Cynthia,

    Great to know you are safely home again. Hope you enjoyed the travel in England and Wales. What a great cruise! And I don’t know how you manage to keep your classes so fresh and interesting each year. Sorry I missed some this year, due to the virus. I was most annoyed about that.

    We had a nice time with Wendy and family. The girls are doing very well. Devan, at 13, is a full-blown Celiac and I always worried that she would be stunted and weak from the gluten free diet. But instead, at 13, she is 5 ft. 8 inches tall, and a wonderful runner. We watched her win the 400 meter race for her school, long legs flashing, a whole half-course ahead of the nearest competitor. And she brought her school from fifth place to second, as the final relay runner. Incredible! Daly is now 15, about my height (as you know, not tall!) and very powerful from mucking out stalls and riding their horses.

    We miss you and love you. Thanks for the wonderful boost you give us, every year.



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