Writing is Magic: Story Structure with Nick Jaina & Olivia Pepper

Sat, April 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Workshop Series at The Sou’wester

Writing is Magic: Story Structure with Nick Jaina & Olivia Pepper

This class will be an exploration of the magic that is writing. We will intersperse short lectures on the hidden truths in the etymology of language with writing exercises that unlock what you are afraid to write about. The purpose is to explore the reverential nature of writing, as a form of therapy, understanding, and communication. Olivia and Nick will focus on inspiration, building meaningful stories, and connecting to the parts of ourselves that are atavistic, that have always existed. (Students are encouraged to take both classes, April 8th and April 15th, but are also welcome to join one or the other. The content of each class will be different. The focus of the class on April 8th will be on Story Structure: We will focus on mythology and the roots of storytelling to inform us how we can structure a story to provide a satisfying progression for the character and themes. The focus of the class on April 15th will be on Mechanics: We will focus on subtext, dialogue, and other ways of packing as much emotion and depth into every line of our writing.)

It will be fun too! Your life is your art. You have already collected all the beautiful things in your world with every choice you’ve made. Now all you have to do is see your own life with grace, and document what you see with honesty. Easy.


Nick Jaina is a writer and musician from Portland, Oregon. His memoir Get It While You Can was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award. Olivia Pepper is a healer and mystic from Austin, Texas. 

COST:  $50 

BRING: pen and paper or laptop, and please bring a sack lunch and/or snack (hot tea and coffee provided)


All workshops are open to the public.

All Skill Levels Welcome.

This workshop is for students age 14 and up.

RSVP via souwesterfrontdesk@gmail.com or 360-642-2542



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