You might be familiar with the “plotter vs. pantser” dichotomy–someone who plans out their story down to scenes, vs. someone who writes by whim. But we can learn a great deal from each technique. Writing requires an interesting balance of creating limitations and exercising boundless imagination. This workshop will explore freeform brainstorming practices and the power of an outline–providing an opportunity for participants to experiment with freewriting and plot outlining. As a recently reformed pantser, I find value in both structured plotting and freeform idea generating. Participants may walk away with usable ideas, but the intention is to experiment with writing tools that may be applied to future writing projects.

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff.