Beginning Fiction Writing
This class introduces and/or reviews basic writing techniques such as point of view, dialogue, building characters, conflict, motivation, and showing versus telling. Find out what "flat characters" are and how to fix them in your story or novel.
Previous writing experience is not required. Ages teen to adult; seniors welcome. Bring pen/pencil and paper. Classes are held in Burlington and/or Mount Vernon (Washington), once per week for 8 weeks and limited to 10 students. Fees for the eight-week course start at $130. Request schedule and details
Learn how to make your family history come alive. This class (on-going), gives memory prompts and uses many of the same principles as fiction writing. Turn your family anecdotes, facts and dates into an exciting read.
Previous writing experience is not required. Ages teen to adult; seniors welcome. Bring pen/pencil and paper. Classes are held in Burlington and/or Mount Vernon (Washington), once per week for 8 weeks and limited to 10 students. Fees for the eight-week course start at $75. Request schedule and details
"Heidi’s teaching skills inspired me to focus on my writing goals. Her classes focus on established writing techniques to improve and strengthen her student’s work. The writing exercises she employs helped me to expand the scope of my writing and taught me to think ‘outside the box’. I highly recommend Heidi’s classes to writers interested in polishing or expanding their skills."
. . . Ann Brittain www.andbrittain.com
"I have more understanding of fiction because of the classes I took from Heidi. In Beginning Fiction Writing, I learned about character development, viewpoint, scenes and dialogue. In the intermediate class, where the students critiqued each other's work. I learned how to revise and edit, and to critique the works of others. Later, I took an article writing class from her at the college. There she offered a different set of lessons and taught us how to look for magazine markets. The classes have helped me become a better writer." . . . Hema Vasavada
“Heidi Thomas is a gifted writing instructor. Not only has she given me mountains of helpful materials to aide in my writing, she somehow has given me back the heart of my writing. I would recommend her class to anyoneaccomplished and novice alike will gain invaluable information that will help their work become successful!” . . . Sharon E. Anderson
"Heidi is an inspiring teacher. Her classes are taught professionally, and encourage creativity. Her skills as an editor are valuable to all levels of writing ability. I highly recommend her classes to all serious writers. . . . Stan Couzens
"I was thrilled when I learned that Heidi Thomas was offering a “Memoirs” class. She helps to keep one accountable. Her classes are fun and very non-threatening, and she is there to help but not to put down. Besides the fun in actually seeing what you have accomplished on paper, you make new friends when you share and hear their own stories while inside this classroom. Everyone becomes richer. I recommend taking Heidi’s class." . . . Chris Barnes
Reader: voraciously, all my life
High School: Newspaper staff, then editor
Journalism Degree: University of Montana
Journalist: Daily Missoulian newspapersociety, religion, business news and feature stories
Freelance journalist: Magazines and newspapers
Community Education: writing for children class (completed successfully)
University of Washington: two-year fiction writing course (completed successfully)
Novelist: Began writing my first novel in 1996. Currently working on my fourth novel in a
series about strong, independent Montana women
Active member: Women Writing the West, Skagit Valley Writers League
Instructor: fiction and memoir writing classes