Welcome Dianne Aprile to Cloud 9!

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We are so happy to announce that the award winning writer, Dianne Aprile, is joining the team of instructors at Cloud 9! Dianne is launching a series of creative writing courses and we couldn't be happier about it!

Dianne also teaches creative nonfiction as a faculty member of Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts  in Writing program (since 2001). She has also taught writing workshops at Seattle’s  Hugo House and the Kirkland Arts Center. A former jazz-club owner and journalist, she’s authored and/or edited numerous books and published poems, most recently this summer in Raven Chronicles. She has served as guest editor and judge for nonfiction literary journals and competitions. She’s collaborated with visual artists on book and gallery projects; received an Artist-Trust-Fellowship; a Hedgebrook-Writers-Residency; two Pushcart Prize nominations and shared a newspaper-team Pulitzer Prize. She’s currently completing a hybrid memoir.

Dianne was featured on This I Believe, reading her essay, The Way of Silence, on The Bob Edwards Show, on January 17, 2014. You can listen to Dianne's reading here.

Dianne lives in Kirkland with her husband Ken and their cat, Mr. Leo. And she is now offering the following workshops at Cloud 9! More will follow in the months ahead. For more information and to register for any of these workshops, please click here

Words+Images=The Art of Collage Writing with Dianne Aprile
Tuesdays 7-9 pm (6 sessions) March 13-April 17
Collage is an organic, intuitive way to write. In this workshop, we’ll combine in-class writing prompts and exercises with simple cut-and-paste collage methods to create chapbooks of prose and/or poetry to take home. By juxtaposing short passages of unrelated dialogue, narrative, memory, experience, and dreams, new meanings and connections are born. Collage writing is popular today in all genres, including poetry, fiction and memoir. We’ll read excerpts (from handouts) by contemporary writers who excel at this technique. Bring pens, paper, scissors, glue stick and a couple of magazines to the first class. For writers of all levels. $275

Dream Projects: Never Too Late with Dianne Aprile
Saturdays 10-4 pm (2 sessions) April 7 & 14
Do you have a story you’ve long dreamed about writing but just can’t get started? Or maybe you’ve begun writing it, but feel stuck? Bring your dream projects to this round-table workshop. Whether fiction, nonfiction or another genre, we’ll explore ways to enter your narrative, find your voice, develop characters and stay focused. The first Saturday, I’ll bring handouts and prompts for in-class exercises to launch or propel your work. The second Saturday, you bring your work back (expanded or revised) to share for further feedback. For writers of all levels. $275

Writing for Change: The Manifesto with Dianne Aprile
Thursdays 10-12:30 (5 sessions) April 19-May 17
Writers write in order to know what they believe in passionately. One way to uncover your beliefs and passions is by writing a personal manifesto. You might turn yours into a blog, an essay, a poem, a children’s book or other form. In class, we will write our own manifestos, drawing on issues and experiences that mean the most to each of us individually. For an example, listen to me read one of my own manifestos, online at NPR’s “This I Believe” website. https://thisibelieve.org/essay/144206/ For writers of all levels. $275

Getting Personal: Learning to Write from Life with Dianne Aprile
Fridays 10-12:30 (5 sessions) April 20-May 18
Is there a chapter of your life you want to share with others – in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, etc.? In this class, we will discuss and experiment with techniques for turning memories and experience into compelling narratives. And we’ll share our work to get feedback. For writers at any level. $275

Open Table with Dianne Aprile        
Starting Friday June 8, 10-12:30    
These weekly group sessions allow writing students to drop in to work on their current projects in a group-- with Dianne available to offer on-site suggestions and revision tips. At each session, handouts, reading lists and in-class exercises will be provided to nurture best writing practices. Share your work, and listen to others share theirs. For writers at any level. $20 a session

Charlene Freeman