WRITING CLASSES WITH JOELLE STEELE

Joelle has been teaching adult ed classes in writing and other topics since 1983. She has 40 years writing, art, and publishing experience and extensive published credits that include novels, how-to books, family histories, ebooks, articles, poetry, jingles, legal documents, ad copy, paintings, illustrations, etc. All Joelle's classes have a PowerPoint presentation and detailed outlines, and she always leaves plenty of time to get your questions answered.

Joelle speaks and teaches at private venues on request, and has taught adult ed classes at Centralia College and colleges in King, Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis counties in Washington state. She will continue speaking on writing and publishing topics, but will not be teaching adult ed classes in 2017.

MAKE YOUR LIVING AS A WRITER (& SELF-PUBLISHING)
Covers skills, tools, and writing process. What editors, publishers, and readers want. Research, interviewing, and fact-checking. Querying and submissions. Copyright, publishing rights, contracts, advances, royalties, and getting paid. Marketing and promotion, specialties, niche markets, libraries, blogs, reviews, and websites. Ins and outs of self-publishing, including bar codes, ISBNs, book design, illustrations, and distribution.

WRITE A GREAT NOVEL
Turn your idea into a great novel and avoid the most common mistakes writers make. Learn how to develop believable and relatable characters; structure compelling plots and subplots; create relevant and idiosyncratic dialogue; write description that sets tone and place; define your genre; use outlines, plot charts, and viewpoints; select names for characters and titles; research for realism and interest; use proven writing processes; and more.

RESEARCHING & WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY OR MEMOIRS
Covers research, including interviews; personal letters, diaries, photos, and Internet searches. Using Ellis Island records, SS Death Index, title searches, ethnicity-specific searches, and vital statistics docs. Variations in data and getting to the truth behind stories. Handling delicate info, speculative data, and "holes" in stories. Fact-checking and ethics. Use of formats and viewpoints and writing process. Collecting, identifying, dating, and managing images. Kinship terms, charts, and trees.