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Published on September 5, 2017 3:50PM


A new writing course in Newport is aiming to help people put pen to paper, whether they want to preserve their memories or plumb their imagination to craft new tales.

“Renegade Writers is a class for those of us who wish to fiercely confront the truth of our memories and imagination in the presence of a supportive, encouraging community,” said course leader Larry Lehnerz, adding: “Beginning with a prompt, we’ll write for a timed period, bypassing our inner critic to allow the ideas and freshest writing to flow.”

The class is designed for both newcomers and experienced writers who wish to write memoir, fiction or both. It will cover writing concepts such as plot, point of view, character, tense, description, scene and setting. Students who choose to share their work will receive supportive, encouraging feedback.

A native of Seattle, Lehnerz is a 25-year Boeing employee who first began writing in earnest while earning BA and MA degrees from Antioch Seattle University. He met his wife in a fiction writing program at the University of Washington, later joining her to write for a social justice newspaper. Retired and living in Newport, he is currently marketing two novels to literary agents.

This six-session class will meet from 10 am to noon on Tuesdays, from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, at the Newport 60+ Activity Center, 20 SE Second Street.

Class size is limited to 12 students. To book a spot, drop by the center or call 541-265-9617.



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