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Whidbey Island Writers Association announces its new line-up of writing classes and workshops for 2010, beginning with two Whidbey Island Writers Conference Saturday Series workshops.

The first will be Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Writing Your Way: Your Path to Publication,” Saturday, will be taught by poet and novelist Lori May in Coupeville.

The second, “Crafting Fiction that Sells in Today’s Marketplace,” will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., taught by literary agents Andrea Hurst and Gordon Warnock in Freeland.

The locations will be announced later.

Future Saturday Series full-day workshops will include an intergenerational writing class for teens and adults, technology for writers and tools for honing the writing craft. The final session will be an all-day Chat House Saturday June 5, patterned after the popular Chat House feature of the Whidbey Island Writers Conference.

The series calendar will be posted soon. The fee, per workshop, is $90 for members, $110 for non-members, with a discount for those registering for three or more workshops.

WIWA also presents a full schedule of popular eight-week writing courses. The winter term begins in February with “Poetry Potluck” for beginning/intermediate poets, taught by Robin Barre, Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 1 to March 22, at the Trinity Lutheran Church Community Building in Freeland.

“Crafting Fiction that Sells in Today’s Marketplace (Advanced),” taught by Andrea Hurst, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 3 to March 24, at the Coupeville Methodist Church.

“Memoir: Writing Your Story,” taught by Barbara Joy Laffey, Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 3 to March 24, at the Trinity Lutheran Church Community Building in Freeland.

“Creative Writing for Beginners,” taught by Steve Durbin, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 4 to March 25 at Coupeville Methodist Church.

“Writing the Military Experience: Memoir for Veterans,” taught by Steve Durbin, Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 5 to March 26 in Oak Harbor, location to be announced.

Fee, per course, is $115/members, $135/nonmembers.

To register, email wiwa@whidbey.com or call the WIWA office, 360-331-6714. For updates and details about workshops, courses, and instructors, visit www.writeonwhidbey.org. WIWA is a program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

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