Writing Class

Writing Classes 



I develop and teach courses for Central Oregon Community College. Below is a list of my ongoing courses.




The Basics of Novel Writing (for fiction or memoir)

Award winning author and college educator, Kat Mattingly, will introduce you to the art of novel writing. Explore the essential building blocks for the fiction book or memoir you’re currently writing or hope to pen one day. Plot, setting, theme, characterization, point of view and dialogue will all be covered. Understanding these basic elements is the first step to writing a sellable book.

Writing and Publishing Short Stories

Have you been wondering what to do with your short stories, or questioning if they are publishable? Perhaps you’re ready to pen a few but don’t know where to begin. In this course you will learn the art of the short story, write/edit stories for publication, and be informed about publishing possibilities for your work. Get inspired and let your imagination lead the way to great storytelling!

Writing Powerful Prose (short fiction)

Would you like to take your short stories to the next level? Let’s analyze how to make that happen! This class will teach you all the skills you need to create short stories with greater impact. Award winning author and college educator Kat Mattingly will focus on ‘raising the stakes’ regarding your plot, along with how to create powerful characters and compelling dialogue.

How to Write a Compelling Plot (for fiction or memoir)

Join award-winning author and college educator Kat Mattingly for an in-depth class on the art of storytelling. Choosing the correct voice for your novel or memoir will be covered, along with exploring your themes, enriching your settings, and writing a correct timeline for your book. Each one of these elements can help elevate and strengthen your story, allowing it to resonate better with readers.

How to Write Memorable Characters (for fiction or memoir)

Want to write characters that readers never forget? Join award-winning author Kat Mattingly for an in-depth look at how to make your heroes and heroines come to life on the page. We’ll study the art of penning interesting, relatable protagonists and villains for your fiction novel or memoir. Learn to write active, effective dialogue, format a main character arc and show satisfying hero growth.

How to Get (your novel or memoir) Traditionally Published

Kat landed a New York agent at JCA Literary Agency with her first manuscript, Benjamin. She now has four novels and a short story collection traditionally published. She has taught creative writing at several private colleges and continues to manage or judge conference literary contests. Kat will show you how to identify what agents are looking for in your novel, how to write a compelling synopsis and query letter, and how to give an accurate, intriguing novel pitch. Come learn the dos and don’ts of querying agents!



Kathryn Mattingly has taught writing at four private colleges. Aside from her short story collection and literary suspense novels with Winter Goose Publishing, Kathryn’s work can be found in numerous small press anthologies and several print magazines. She has coordinated the writing contest for Northern Colorado Writer’s, has been a speaker and contest judge for the Writer’s Guild in Bend, Oregon, and was a reader/judge for Pacific NW Writers for many years. Kathryn has been a senior editor for a small publisher, and has had her own editorial service. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Oregon and master of arts from Pacific University. Kathryn has been honored with  five awards for her fiction.




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