Upcoming classes and appearances


Nothing upcoming at the moment while I'm hiding out in Mexico. But look here for classes in fall and winter of 2017!

Recent past appearances

Roughing It: Write a Draft of Your Book in Just EightWeeks
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Thursdays, 5pm-7pm, January 14-March 3, 2016
To paraphrase Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird, even the most successful authors write crappy first drafts. So why not write it fast and get it over with? We’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. We’ll alternate between lessons in story structure, character, and in-class writing exercises. The class is geared toward beginning fiction writers, but memoirists and writers of all levels are welcome. Individual conference with teacher included. Required text: Writing for Story, by Jon Franklin and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.

Write Your Novel
Seattle Public Library, Seattle Writes program
Saturday September 24, 2016: 2-4pm, Fremont Branch
Saturday October 1, 2016:  11:30am-1pm, Rainier Beach Branch
This workshop will help you discover who your characters are, learn about dramatic story structure, and narrow down what you actually want to write about. This class will help anyone who’s contemplating writing a novel during November (National Novel Writing Month), or anyone who’s just starting to think about writing a novel and wants to see what it’s all about.

Rebecca Agiewich is a novelist, essayist, travel writer and writing teacher. Her novel BreakupBabe (Ballantine Books) was drafted during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She teaches at Hugo House.

Get ready for NaNoWrimo
Seattle Public Library, Seattle Writes program
Saturday October 24, 2015: 3:30pm-5pm, High Point Branch
Saturday October 24, 2015:  11:30am-1pm, New Holly Branch
Sunday October 18, 2015: 2pm-3:30pm, Ballard Branch
Are you starting a novel or planning on drafting one during National Novel Writing Month? Find out what it takes to write a novel in 30 days in this class taught by Rebecca Agiewich. Registration is required.

Get a head start on your novel by discovering your characters, learning about dramatic story structure, and narrowing down what you actually want to write about. Plus, learn some tips and tricks for getting through this exhausting, exhilarating month. Come prepared to do some fun brainstorming and writing exercises in class. You don’t need to commit to NaNoWriMo.
Writers will get the most out of this class if they arrive having read Chris Baty’s “No Plot, No Problem.” Although it is not required, Rebecca Agiewich recommends this book for participation in the class and for NaNoWriMo. To prepare for your class, we ask that you bring a pen/pencil and paper, or a fully-charged laptop.

Roughing It: Write a Draft of Your Book in Just Six Weeks
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Thursdays, 7-9pm, Feb 26-April 2, 2015
To paraphrase Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird, even the most successful authors write crappy first drafts. So why not write it fast and get it over with? We’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. We’ll alternate between lessons in story structure, character, and in-class writing exercises. The class is geared toward beginning fiction writers, but memoirists and writers of all levels are welcome. Individual conference with teacher included. Required text: Writing for Story, by Jon Franklin.

Character Development: Fun tips, tricks, and exercises to make your characters come alive
Seattle Public Library  | Seattle Writes Program
High Point Branch: October 25, 2014 2-4 pm.
Broadview Branch: November 2, 2014 2-4pm
Characters are the key to an unforgettable story. But how do you create characters who are heroic, sympathetic, and human all at once? Learn tips and tricks in this workshop with novelist Rebecca Agiewich.

Roughing It: Write a Draft of Your Book in Just Six Weeks
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Thursdays, 7:10-9:10 pm, March 20-April 24, 2014
As Anne Lamott tells us in her writing book “Bird by Bird,” even the most successful authors write crappy first drafts. So why not write it fast and get it over with? In this class, we’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. While in class, we’ll alternate lessons in story structure, character, and outlining, with in-class writing exercises to jumpstart the imagination. You must commit to writing at least 1000 words a day outside of class. This course is geared towards beginning fiction writers, but memoirists and writers of all levels are welcome. Individual conference with teacher included. Required text: “Writing for Story” by Jon Franklin.

Blogging for Beginners - Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch
2-4 pm, Sunday, October 6, 2013
Free
Discover the basics of blogging: what defines a blog, how to figure out if a blog is right for you and how you can create one quickly.Instructor Rebecca Agiewich is the author of "BreakupBabe," a novel which sprang out of her popular dating blog of the same name. She teaches blogging and writing classes at Seattle's Richard Hugo House and elsewhere around the Sound. At the Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980.

Roughing It: Write a Draft of Your Book in Just Six Weeks
Richard Hugo House, Seatle
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, March 27-April 1, 2013
As Anne Lamott tells us in her writing book “Bird by Bird,” even the most successful authors write crappy first drafts. So why not write it fast and get it over with? In this class, we’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. While in class, we’ll alternate lessons in story structure, character, and outlining, with in-class writing exercises to jumpstart the imagination. You must commit to writing at least 1000 words a day outside of class. This course is geared towards beginning fiction writers, but memoirists and writers of all levels are welcome. Individual conference with teacher included. Required text: “Writing for Story” by Jon Franklin.

EDGE Professional Development Program, guest speaker, Seattle. March 10, 2012

New Media for New (and Old) Authors and Writers
Associated Writing Programs 2102 Conference
March 1, 2012 9 a.m.
Private Dining Room 2, 3rd floor Hilton, Chicago
What do writers need to know about blogging, tweeting,
Facebook connecting, LibraryThing, Goodreads.com, YouTube, SheWrites,
Amazon.com, etc. and author pages on these and other new media? What is
essential? What is too much? What about that book trailer? What
considerations and issues should we authors and writers reflect on as we
negotiate these new ways of connecting and communicating? Is ignoring all
this an option? What is the down side?

Blogging 101 - Editorial Freelancer's Association
A favorite — available for the first time since 2009!
Wednesdays, February 15 – March 7
Online (4 sessions)

Is business slow? Is your creative spark threatening to go out? A blog can help you revive them both. Whether you’re a writer looking to connect to an audience or an editor who wants to attract clients, blogging is a free, fun way to get your name out there to a potential audience of millions.

Via lessons appropriate for both blogging newbies and those who want to make an existing blog more compelling, you will learn the basics of setting up a blog on Blogger.com (it’s a snap!), attracting readers, promoting it — and, yes, even making money. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the blogosphere and a blog that fits your own personal and professional needs.

Instructor Rebecca Agiewich is the author of BreakupBabe: A Novel (Ballantine Books, 2006), which sprang from her dating blog “Breakup Babe” and was a finalist for the 2007 Lulu Blooker prize — a literary prize for books based on blogs. She is also a freelance writer, editor, and creative writing instructor, whose writing can be found in places like OutdoorsNW Magazine and MSNBC. You can find out more about her at www.rebeccaagiewich.com

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on the session dates listed, but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

“Rebecca’s stories were entertaining, and her evident enthusiasm was catching. Great instructor.”

Blogging for Beginners at the Seattle Public Library University Branch
December 3, 2011, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Always wanted to start a blog but aren't sure how? Don't be intimated; blogging is easy! In this free class you'll learn everything you need to know to start your own blog. Not only is blogging a great creative outlet, you can also use it as a free marketing tool to boost your small business or find an audience for your writing. In this class, we'll learn the ABCs of blogging: what are blogs, how to figure out if a blog is right for you, and how to create one in less than five minutes.
Free! More details TBA

Roughing It: Write a Draft of Your Book in Just Six Weeks
Wednesdays, 4 pm - 6 pm, October 5 to November 9
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
As Anne Lamott tells us in her writing book “Bird by Bird,” even the most successful authors write crummy first drafts. So why not write it fast and get it over with? In this class, we’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. While in class, we’ll alternate lessons in story structure, character, premise, and outlining, with in-class writing exercises to jumpstart the imagination. You must commit to writing at least 1000 words a day outside of class. This course is geared towards beginning fiction writers, but memoirists and writers of all levels are welcome. Individual conference with teacher included. Required text: “Writing for Story” by Jon Franklin.
General: $230.00
Members: $207.00



2011 Northwest Bookfest
Oct 1 and 2, 10 am-6 pm
Peter Kirk Park, 202 Third Street, Kirkland, WA

Over fifty author panels, hundreds of authors, writing and publishing workshops, family programs and more!

Sunday, October 2 Noon – Blogging to Books - Peter Kirk Community Center Multipurpose Room

Tom Masters
Theo Pauline Nestor
Rebecca Agiewich

Write Out: A Happy Hour for Writers
Richard Hugo House, Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A happy hour for writers to do what they do most—or should do more of: write. Each Write Out features a writing prompt offered by a local author, who will also be on hand writing. If the featured authors' writing prompts don’t work for you, a grab-bag of writing prompts and exercises and a small library of books on writing provide additional inspiration. And to further inspire you, happy hour specials will be available at the bar.

Greenwood-Phinney Summer Streets
Seattle, August 12, 2011
I'll be at local bookstore Balderdash Books, selling and signing copies of BreakupBabe. Come enjoy a car-free Greenwood avenue: stroll in the street, see live bands, check out the artwalk, see aerial acrobatics, and more!

Roughing It: Write a Draft of Your Book in Just Six Weeks
Thursdays, 4 pm - 6 pm, April 7 to May 12
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
As Anne Lamott tells us in her writing book “Bird by Bird,” even the most successful authors write crummy first drafts. So why not write it fast and get it over with? In this class, we’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. While in class, we’ll alternate lessons in story structure, character, premise, and outlining, with in-class writing exercises to jumpstart the imagination. You must commit to writing at least 1000 words a day outside of class. This course is geared towards beginning fiction writers, but memoirists and writers of all levels are welcome. Individual conference with teacher included. Required text: “Writing for Story” by Jon Franklin.
General: $230.00
Members: $207.00

November 13, 2010
PLOP! Literary Series
Featured reader

Roughing It: Write a Draft of Your Book in Just Six Weeks
Wednesdays, 7 pm - 9 pm, October 6 to November 10
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
As Anne Lamott tells us in her writing book “Bird by Bird,” even the most successful authors write “shitty first drafts.” So why not write it fast and get it over with? In this class, we’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. While in class, we’ll alternate lessons in story structure, character, premise, and outlining, with in-class writing exercises to jumpstart the imagination. You must commit to writing at least 1000 words a day outside of class. This course is geared toward beginning writers, but all are welcome. Individual conference with teacher included. Required text: “Writing for Story” by Jon Franklin

August 13, 2010
Seattle Summer Streets and Greenwood August Artwalk
Selling and signing books at Balderdash Books

May 21st-23rd, Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Finding Your Readers in the 21st Century

Publishing on the Web with Ray Pompon & Rebecca Agiewich
Rebecca Agiewich blogged about a painful break-up with her then-boyfriend, and parlayed it into a book deal. Ray Pompon started out writing a novel—and ended up with a successful webcomic. They’ll discuss the steps they took along the way.

Set Up a Blog in 5 Minutes or Less with Rebecca Agiewich
You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of starting a blog, as well as tips for making it shine. By the time class is over, you’ll have the knowledge you need to get your own blog up and running in five minutes or less.

Hot Chicks of 19th and 20th-Century American Lit (reading class)
Meets: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 7pm - 9pm
Richard Hugo House
Using Elaine Showalter''s book: “A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx,” as a guide, we’ll immerse ourselve in the work of great American women writers from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Eudora Welty, Willa Cather, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers and more. Through both criticism and fiction, we’ll explore individual writers in depth, while also examining their relationship to each other and the literary world of their day. Youll come away with a deeper understanding of the techniques and themes of these writers and a broader view of how they shaped modern American lit. Required text: “A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx,” by Elaine Showalter.

Blogging Basics
Saturday, March 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
Editorial Freelancer's Association
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Level 4 - PACCAR Room 6
NEW workshop from the instructor of EFA's popular online blogging class!

Is your creative spark threatening to go out? Is your freelance business slow? A blog can help you revive them both. Blogging is a free, fun way to get your name out there to a potential audience of millions, and in this 4-hour class you’ll learn everything you need to know to start your own blog in 5 minutes or less. First we’ll look at the “big picture” of blogging, including how it fits into the context of other social networking media like Facebook and Twitter. Then we’ll proceed to the nuts and bolts of how to set one up, how to promote it, and yes — even how to make a little money from it. Laptops are welcome but not required.

From last year’s online blogging class: “Rebecca was an ideal teacher. She answered all our newbie questions with generosity and humor. And patience.”


Roughing it: Write a draft of your book in just six weeks
Wednesdays, 4-6 pm, January 27 to March 3, 2010
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
As Anne Lamott tells us in her writing book “Bird by Bird,” even the most successful authors write “shitty first drafts.” So why not write it fast and get it over with? In this class, we’ll write complete, 50,000-word first drafts of a novel or memoir. While in class, we’ll alternate lessons in story structure, character, premise, and outlining, with in-class writing exercises to jumpstart the imagination. You must commit to writing 1200 (shitty) words a day outside of class. This course is geared towards beginning writers but all are welcome. Hour-long individual conference with teacher included.
Required text: Writing for Story by Jon Franklin

Blogging Demystified
November 14, 1 pm - 5 pm
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
These days, publishing experts insist that authors need a Web presence. Blogging is the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to get that presence. Plus, it’s fun. Where else can you get such an immediate response from your readers but in cyberspace? In this class, we’ll learn the basics of setting up a blog, creating compelling entries and promoting it. Whether you’re looking for a creative outlet, a professional platform or both, blogging can help you reach a wider audience, get feedback on your writing and even earn some cash on the side. You’ll come away with all the information you need to start your own blog in five minutes or less.

Blogging 101
October 3, 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Write on the Sound writer's conference
Is your creative spark threatening to go out? Is your freelance business slow? A blog can help you revive them both. Blogging is a free, fun way to get your name out there to a potential audience of millions, and in this class you’ll learn everything you need to know to start your own blog. (Hint: it’s much easier than you think!).


Blogging for Beginners at the Seattle Public Library University Branch
July 13, 2009, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Always wanted to start a blog but aren't sure how? Don't be intimated; blogging is easy! In this free class you'll learn everything you need to know to start your own blog. Not only is blogging a great creative outlet, you can also use it as a free marketing tool to boost your small business or find an audience for your writing. In this class, we'll learn the ABCs of blogging: what are blogs, how to figure out if a blog is right for you, and how to create one in less than five minutes.

Free!

Understanding Story Structure and the Magic of the Outline
July 8, 2009 -- August 5, 2009
Wednesdays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Ever made it to page 73 of your novel or nonfiction work only to discover that you’re stuck? The problem could be in your outline. Don’t have an outline? Aha! That’s the problem. In this class, we’ll learn the basics of dramatic story structure, and an incisive method for outlining that gets to the heart of your story in 20 words or fewer. We’ll also do structural analysis on great short pieces to hone your eye for structure. Bring a project you’ve been stuck on or have been wanting to start. Hour-long individual conference with teacher included. Required text: “Writing for Story” by Jon Franklin. No class July 29.


Thursday, June 26, 2009, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Blogging 101 for Non-profits: Why You Can't Afford Not to Blog
NDOA Spring Conference: Fundraising in Changing Times

Friday, June 12, 2009
6:00 PM TO 9 PM
Greenwood Artwalk - Balderdash Books
I'll be selling my book and signing copies at Balderdash Books on Greenwood Ave. Yay artwalks

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
Free workshop at Edmonds Community College
Blogging 101 with Rebecca Agiewich
Edmonds Community College brings Rebecca Agiewich, author of Breakup Babe (2006, Ballantine), to campus to give a free writing workshop. Blogging 101 will be 2 p.m., Tues., May 19 in Brier Hall 231. Space is limited. To register email amanda.laughtland@edcc.edu. Blogs are powerful tools for writers of all skill levels. They can help you hone your voice, find an audience and get your name out there. This free writing workshop offers a chance to learn how to make your own blog shine, addressing the basics of creating, promoting and customizing a blog.

Thursday, March 26, 2009
7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM
Cheap Wine and Poetry
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
With poets Roberto Ascalon and Nicole Hardy, blogger-turned-novelist Rebecca Agiewich, and humorist Sean O'Connor.

Wednesdays, March 25, 2009 - April 15, 2009
Blogging 101--A favorite from last spring!
Online (four sessions; no chat; lessons posted at 6:00 p.m. PT)
Editorial Freelancer's Association
Is business slow? Is your creative spark threatening to go out? A blog can help you revive them both. Whether you’re a writer looking to connect to an audience or an editor who wants to attract clients, blogging is a free, fun way to get your name out there to a potential audience of millions.
Via lessons appropriate for both blogging newbies and those who want to make an existing blog more compelling, you’ll learn the basics of setting up a blog (it’s a snap!), attracting readers, promoting it—and, yes, even making money. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the blogosphere and a blog that fits your own personal and professional needs.

“Rebecca’s stories were entertaining, and her evident enthusiasm was catching. Great instructor.”

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - Wednesday, February 25, 2009
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Turn Down the Volume and Pump up the Word Count
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Do you have a hard time finishing writing projects that you’ve started? Perhaps you’ve been stymied by “Radio KFKD,” the inner critic who mocks your pathetic literary attempts. (Term courtesy of Anne Lamott). Every writer has been there; in this class you’ll learn how to fight back. Culling advice from a variety of writing teachers, including Natalie Goldberg, Stephen King, Chris Baty and Anne Lamott, we’ll alternate in-class exercises with strategy discussions, homework assignments and reading that builds both your writing abilities and your defenses against Radio KFKD. Come with a project that has been dogging you and expect to write every single day. *Bestselling Seattle author Garth Stein will come talk to our class on February 4 to talk about how he has stayed motivated throughout his career.*

Sat., Feb 7, 2009 6-7:30 p.m. PST
Breaking Glass, BlogTalk Radio
If you didn't hear this show live, check out the archive by clicking on this link.

"It's a week before Valentine's Day. What better time to have a show dedicated to love songs? That's just what we're going to do and who knows? Perhaps the Breakup Babe herself, Rebecca Agiewich, may show up to discuss the other side of love!"

Thursday, January 29, 7 pm
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
Online Publishing, Blogging and Marketing for Writers
Join us for an exciting evening with writers, bloggers, and editors of online magazines who have made the Internet work for them. As old-media publishing houses crumble, writers must build reputations and readership without their help, and blogs, Twitter, podcasting, and social networking sites are tools that writers cannot afford to ignore. Panelists will talk about what's worked for them, discuss where to network online with editors and agents, and address the pros and cons of publishing your work online for free. Our panel includes: Rebecca Agiewich, Eileen Gunn, Cat Rambo, and Ed Skoog. $7/$5 for Hugo House members. Cabaret. Thursday, January 29th, 2009, 7:00 PM.

Sat., January 10, 2009 6-7:30 p.m. PST
Breaking Glass, BlogTalk Radio
If you missed the show you can still listen to it by clicking on this link above! Here's how host Greg describes it: "The theme of this week's show is "break-ups" and the music and discussion matter will center around breaking up (and maybe even getting back together). To this end, we have renowned author Rebecca Agiewich (The Breakup Babe) joining us in studio so check it out and call in with questions about breaking up!" *Bonus* You'll also get to hear my (recently disbanded) band Hank and the Milkmashers play!

Sunday October 5, 2008, 9:15-10:45
Write on the Sound Writer's Conference
Edmonds, WA
Blogging 101 for Writers
Blogs can help you reach a potential audience of millions! Whether you're a fiction writer looking to hone your voice or an editor who wants to reach out to clients, blogging can help. Learn the basics of setting up a blog (it's easy!) and leaveraging the blogosphere to fit your own personal needs.

Tuesdays, April 15 to May 6
Blogging 101
Editorial Freelancer's Association
EFA members $100 -- Nonmembers $125
Class Description
In today's world, it's almost de rigueur to have a blog, whether you're a writer looking to connect with an audience or an editor who wants to attract clients with a stronger online presence. In this class, you will learn how to grab your own little piece of the blogosphere and make it shine. Via lessons appropriate for both blogging newbies and those who already have a blog and want to make it more compelling, you will learn the basics of setting up a blog, attracting readers, promoting it — and, yes, even making money. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of the blog world and a blog that fits your own personal and professional needs.

January 18 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Girl Power Hour
Solo Bar, Queen Anne
"Connect with other entrepreneurial and like-minded women in varying industries and social circles throughout the city. Network, have a cocktail, or just socialize and hang out with new friends! This time around, we welcome blogger turned author, Rebecca Agiewich, author of the hilarious book Breakup Babe, while offering the chance to purchase one of ten limited hand-made pieces of jewelry from women of Thailand escaping the sex trade, as supported by the Women of Purpose, our featured charity. Complimentary swag bags, cocktail specials and a chance to win hot door prizes! Feel free to forward the Girl Power Hour event information to all of your hip, creative and fabulous girlfriends."

January 22 - February 26
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Good Blog, Bad Blog
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
I'll be teaching my world-famous blogging class again - this time in the longer, dance-mix, six week version!

Class Description
Weblogs—or “blogs”—are powerful tools for writers. They can help you hone your voice, find an audience and get your name “out there” in a way that was previously impossible. We'll explore the democratic, dynamic world of the blogosphere to determine how to make our own blogs shine, while also addressing the basics of creating, promoting and customizing them. The goal is to come away with some bright ideas about how to “give good blog,” while also leveraging the blogosphere for our own individual writing needs.

December 14, 2007,  4-7 pm
Peridot Holiday Trunk Show
I'll be selling copies of my book at Peridot from 5-10 pm, a great little boutique in Lower Queen Anne, located at 525 1st Avenue West Wine and refreshements will be served!

December 1, 2007, All day
Write-O-Rama
Richard Hugo House, Seattle
This is a day full of fun mini-writing workshops that help raise money for Hugo House. I'll be teaching a workshop called "Write What You Don't Know" -- and there are a gazillion others you can take too, with great local writers like Waverly Fitzgerald and Ryan Boudinot.