Writers Workshop

Writers’ Workshop with Barbara Herkert: Creating Picture Book Biographies

Vintage Books invites you to join us for a mini writers’ workshop with author Barbara Herkert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, where she’ll be discussing “Crafting a Life: The Art of Writing Picture Book Biographies.” Herkert’s newest title, “A Boy, a Mouse and a Spider,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo, is a biography about E.B. White. The book will be available for sale and the author will be signing copies. She’s also the author of “Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist,” and “Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter.”

Herkert has been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. She currently writes picture book biographies. She loves the research and finding hidden gems about a person’s life that will appeal to young readers. She received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in writing for children from Hamline University. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and has taught art appreciation at local schools. She lives on the wet and windy Oregon coast with her family. She also spends creative time in a log house in central Oregon. You can learn more about Herkert’s work by visiting her website at www.barbaraherkert.com.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., in the Safeway shopping center in the Heights area of Vancouver. Ample free parking is available on-site.

Writers’ Workshop with Barbara Herkert: Picture Book Biographies

Vintage Books invites you to join us for a mini writers’ workshop with author Barbara Herkert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, where she’ll be discussing “Crafting a Life: The Art of Writing Picture Book Biographies.” Herkert’s newest title, “A Boy, a Mouse and a Spider,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo, is a biography about E.B. White. The book will be available for sale and the author will be signing copies. She’s also the author of “Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist,” and “Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter.”

Herkert has been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. She currently writes picture book biographies. She loves the research and finding hidden gems about a person’s life that will appeal to young readers. She received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in writing for children from Hamline University. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and has taught art appreciation at local schools. She lives on the wet and windy Oregon coast with her family. She also spends creative time in a log house in central Oregon. You can learn more about Herkert’s work by visiting her website at www.barbaraherkert.com.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., in the Safeway shopping center in the Heights area of Vancouver. Ample free parking is available on-site.

Sheryl Scarborough Hosts Writers Workshop at Vintage Books

The North Bank’s favorite indie bookshop, Vintage Books, offers a monthly writers’ group and mini-workshop called Sunday Sessions, held at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. The group offers a chance to get together with other writers, share stories, ideas, and inspiration, and a chance to improve your craft with tips and insights from professional writers. Sunday Sessions is completely free and open to anyone, whether a writer or not.

June’s Sunday Session on June 11 features young adult author Sheryl Scarborough, who will lead a writers’ workshop on “The Art of the Details: Facts vs. Flavor.” Scarborough is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. “To Catch a Killer” is her debut novel, and it is available for purchase at Vintage Books.

Come with your questions, a passion for writing, and something to take notes with—and by all means, bring your writer friends. Questions about Sunday Sessions can be directed to vbwritersgroupinfo@gmail.com. If you’re interested in being a presenter, or if you know a writer who could give an engaging 30-minute talk about the craft and art of writing, contact Candace or Debbie at vbwritersgroup@gmail.com. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights neighborhood of Vancouver.

Sheryl Scarborough Hosts Writers Workshop at Vintage Books

The North Bank’s favorite indie bookshop, Vintage Books, offers a monthly writers’ group and mini-workshop called Sunday Sessions, held at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. The group offers a chance to get together with other writers, share stories, ideas, and inspiration, and a chance to improve your craft with tips and insights from professional writers. Sunday Sessions is completely free and open to anyone, whether a writer or not.

June’s Sunday Session features young adult author Sheryl Scarborough, who will lead a writers’ workshop on “The Art of the Details: Facts vs. Flavor.” Scarborough is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. “To Catch a Killer” is her debut novel, and it is available for purchase at Vintage Books.

Come with your questions, a passion for writing, and something to take notes with—and by all means, bring your writer friends. Questions about Sunday Sessions can be directed to vbwritersgroupinfo@gmail.com. If you’re interested in being a presenter, or if you know a writer who could give an engaging 30-minute talk about the craft and art of writing, contact Candace or Debbie at vbwritersgroup@gmail.com. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights neighborhood of Vancouver.

Seven-Week Writers’ Workshop

Move over, Willamette Writers’ Workshop…now there’s a Couveside option at Boomerang Fine Arts. Writer, artist, and curator Juleen Eun Sun Johnson will lead a seven-week writers’ workshop beginning Saturday, June 10, and lasting through Saturday, July 29. All sessions are from 1 to 4 p.m. at Boomerang, 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

In this workshop, “Imagery: Past and Present,” writers will learn how to create poems incorporating the concept of place by using memory, senses, pictures, and storytelling skills. These poems will demonstrate use of images to give a sense of a real or fictional place. Writers will study poems that show careful craft by other writers who also write about place through images. Writers will craft poems full of images to take the reader to a new place. At the end of the class each writer will complete a portfolio of poetry that reflects the skills learned in class. These poems will show improvements through workshops with professor and cohort, course texts, analyzing established authors poems, participating in class discussions of assigned readings, and demonstrating their own growth in writing skills. Participants will also hear from special guests Larry Narron, Toni Partington, and Kevin Sampsell.

The cost is $189 per person, with a $100 deposit to reserve your spot. Register by Friday, June 2. To register, go to https://squareup.com/store/tom-relth-art-studio/item/writer-s-workshop-imagery-past-and-present. For more information, contact Johnson at juleenjohnson@gmail.com or 831-402-8141.

Writers Workshops at Vintage Books

Are you a writer? Yes? Then you’ve struggled with the ignominious and sometimes deadly writer’s block, fear, and isolation that are the perils of your craft. (Wait—why do people become writers, again?) Perhaps all you need is a little nudge in the “write” direction (oh, we couldn’t resist). Maybe you just need a little extra inspiration, or, at the very least, a little extra information. Then you should do what writers throughout history have done: join a writers’ group.

Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, is about to launch Sunday Sessions, a group of writers (both amateur and professional, published, self-published, and non-published) who meet on the second Sunday of every month to discuss their work and their process, get tips and encouragement, and hear a presentation. The first Sunday Session will meet at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10. The guest speaker is mystery author Carolyn J. Rose, who will offer “Opinion, Attitude, and Style,” an exploration of what your characters think, how they express themselves, and why it matters in order to make your characters engaging to the reader. Take-home material with writing prompts will be provided.

The group is also seeking authors to present a mini-workshop (about half an hour, plus Q&A) on writing as craft, publishing, marketing, promotion, social media, finding an agent, and other aspects of the writing journey. For more information, e-mail vbwritersgroupinfo@gmail.com. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd.