Workshops & Consultations

Writing Consultations with Anna 


  • One-on-one coaching
  • We can discuss any questions regarding the writing process—how to set goals, create structure, implement plot, evoke emotion, create revealing, compelling dialogue, detail and meaningful conflict, discuss narrative arc or figurative language, how to find/develop your voice—anything.
  • Feedback on your first fifteen pages. I’ll provide 1-2 single-spaced, typed pages discussing what is working and what could be strengthened in the following areas: character development, pacing, plot development, tone and voice, dialogue, setting, narrative arc, continuity.
  • Guidance towards publication.
  • How to find a great literary agent
  • How to write a great query letter
  • How to write a great synopsis

Rates: $90/hr


Upcoming Workshops:

Works-In-Progress with Anna Quinn

@The Writers’Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA

Date: Mondays, June 15th – July 27th
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: $200
Limited to: 6 participants
Where: Online

This workshop is for anyone with a writing novel, memoir or short story project underway, who desires feedback. The intention of the feedback is to fully draw out the heart, energy, and uniqueness of your work. Feedback will be expressed in such a way that you will feel inspired to keep writing—in other words comments will be open, honest and respectful, never harsh or prescriptive. We’ll review for theme, tension, forward motion, deepening character, emotion, word choice, detail, dialogue, pacing and structure. After receiving feedback, each participant will have time to ask clarifying questions.

​Logistics: Sometime during the week before each Monday workshop, you’ll send the other participants your 500-1000 word writing excerpt, (emails will be provided a week prior to our first session). Double-space, use size 12 font and insert page numbers.

Once you receive the other participant’s excerpts, simply print them out and bring to the session. Also print out a copy of your own piece for your use during the session. You do not need to read any excerpts or comment on anything before our sessions. Instead, you will hear each piece for the first time at our Monday session, when the writer reads it aloud—just as we would if we were meeting in person.

Register here:


Alone with the Whole World: Cultivating Solitude to Deepen Character and Voice
​with Sonya Lea and Anna Quinn



Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Cost: $375
Register here:
Limited to: 17 Participants
“How could I go deeper into my own vulnerability if I were to perpetually exist in a public space, if I had to perform (as we all must do, to some extent) in order to participate in society? So this charged isolation was the first step…” – Ocean VuongHow does a writer build a life so that the imagination can exist? How do we acknowledge, nourish and give our bodies to our stories? How do strengthen our writer’s voice? What losses of our curated selves must happen in order for language to take precedence over our social or public lives? In this two-day workshop, seventeen writers will delve into the spaces where character remains unseen, difficult or evasive. Together we will become liminal enough to allow character influence. With Anna Quinn and Sonya Lea as mentors, we will offer time for generative writing, ritual, practices to:

  • take risks to write outside the bounds of how you expect your voice or your character’s voice to sound 
  • write what deeply challenges us, or stays underground
  • ask questions of your character’s blind spots, fears and fantasies
  • write into lies, myths, obfuscations, secrets, changes in thinking
  • discuss how reading, silence and observation can inform your work and settle your artistic practice
  • practice removal from the public life, and discuss strategies for transitioning to a writer’s life

Please note that this workshop will be divided into two groups. Sonya and Anna will each teach a group on Saturday, and then trade places on Sunday. One of the workshop rooms is up ten stairs, so if this isn’t possible for you, please let Imprint Books know and we’ll be sure to place you in the downstairs workshop. 
All you need to bring is a pen and paper. This will be a time without technology (laptops or phones).

Anna Quinn is the author of The Night Child, (Blackstone Publishing, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Psychology Today, Writers’ Digest, Washington 129 Anthology, and more. Anna leads writing workshops across the country, and is the co-founder of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA. She is currently at work on her second novel, Confidante. Find her at

Sonya Lea’s memoir, Wondering Who You Are was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Guernica, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. She teaches writing in the United States and the Canadian Rockies. Find her at


Past Workshops
Revising For Depth and Emotion
Date: Saturday, January 18th
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA (
Cost: $150
Limited to: 10 participantsThe purpose of this workshop is to help you develop the full energy of your writing. Bring up to 1200 words of a short story, excerpt from a memoir or a novel—anything you’d like to enhance, tweak, revise, broaden or polish. We’ll listen to you read it, and then, talk about what happened in our bodies and minds when we heard it. Did it make our eyes well, make us gasp or smile, tighten our chests, bite our lips, race our hearts, wake us up? Think differently? Wonder? Change our perspectives? You’ll hear no you shoulds in this group, only comments and questions that reflect a genuine curiosity and attention to your writing. Oh, and you’ll experience the writing expansion and evolution that happens when you take the time to attend to another writer’s writing as if it was your ownAnd if you are new to offering feedback, no worries, I’ll give everyone a wonderful list of questions that help draw out the essence and emotion of writing for you to refer to until you’re comfortable. My hope is that by the end of the day, your writing skills will have advanced, and you’ll trust your art even more than we started.Bring 12 copies of a 500-1200 word piece. (Please respect word count) Double spaced. Size 12 font.Anna Quinn is the author of The Night Child, published by Blackstone Publishing, 2018. Now in hardback, paperback, audio and ebook, The Night Child was selected by Ingram as a “Best Book for Book Clubs 2018”, and was recently listed as a #1 Amazon bestseller in Psychological Literary Fiction. Her essay writing has appeared in Writers’ Digest, Psychology Today, Washington 129 Anthology, and more. Anna has been a writing instructor for twenty-seven years.




The workshop on Saturday, August 24th, 10:30-12:00pm is now FULL,
bUT we’ve added another session in the afternoon of Saturday, August 24th from 1:30-3:00pm. To register: call 360-379-2617.

Max. 12 participants
Cost: $40

Workshop Description:

Ok, so you have an edited manuscript. Now what? How do you find the best agent for you and your book? What do literary agents do exactly? How do you find an agent that will secure the best possible book deal for you, negotiate a fair contract, protect your rights? What are the steps in finding an agent? What’s in a compelling query letter? A synopsis? Sample chapters? Who gets your book into libraries, bookstores, Costco? What’s an author platform and why do I need one? In this seminar we’ll talk about all these questions and the steps to finding an agent. For private consultation about your specific query or book proposal, contact me here:

Shaping Your Memoir w/Anna Quinn

  • When
    Saturday, August 12, 2017
  •  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Location
    Writers’ Room, BARN at Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

The goal of Shaping Your Memoir is to tap into the heart of your richest material and discover a way to shape it into a compelling and transformative story. The course is open to writers of all levels who have a memoir project underway or have a collection of reflections and stories they desire to transform into memoir.

Through the process of facilitated discussions and feedback regarding your own work, you will:

  • develop your memoir by identifying turning points to create your narrative arc.
  • identify details and imagery to evoke emotion rather than insist upon it.
  • identify what to include and what to save for your next book.
  • learn about various structures and identify which one best tells your story. 


Write On The Sound Conference

Sat. Oct. 5th, 2019

The Art of Writing Emotional Truth with Anna Quinn

3:00 – 4:15pm

More info:


The Art of Writing Emotional Truth with Anna Quinn