FUN, AFFORDABLE SEATTLE CLASSES


Sept. 30th Update

Rekindle School is an independent educational program,  established in 2002. We offer fun, affordable classes in a variety of topics. Our IN-PERSON classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. They’re on a break due to the pandemic. We are hoping to resume on-campus classes in Winter Quarter 2021.

In the meantime, check out our ONLINE CLASSES below –– or CLICK HERE.

FALL QUARTER 2020 — CLASSES OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT

Rekindle’s ONLINE CLASSES and WEBINARS can be taken from anywhere in the world. They all include “real time” contact with a live instructor. If the course title is a live link you can sign up at any time.  Note: “LET’S MAKE A MOVIE” is both an online and in-person class. Questions? Email Rekindleschool@gmail.com


CLASSES FOR ADULTS


OCTOBER CLASSES

  1. ACTING 102 — starts Sat. Oct. 10
  2. ACTING 103 — starts Sun. Oct. 11
  3. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sun. Oct. 25 
  4. SCREENWRITING 102 — starts Mon. Oct. 12
  5. VOICE OVER 101 — starts Sat. 10/10
  6. VOICE OVER 103 — starts Sat. 10/10
  7. Looking for CLASSES FOR KIDSClick here

NOVEMBER CLASSES

  1. ACTING 101 — starts Sat. 11/7
  2. ACTING 102 — starts Sun. 11/8
  3. ACTING 103 — starts Sat. 11/7
  4. ACTING 104 — starts Sun. 11/8
  5. ACTING 105 — starts Sat. 11/7
  6. CARTOONING 101 – DRAWING CARTOONS AND COMICS — starts Thurs. Nov. 5
  7. DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS — starts Tues. 11/17
  8. FIGURE DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS — starts on Tues. Nov. 3
  9. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sunday 11/22 ***
  10. SCREENWRITING 101 ––  starts Thursday Nov. 5 
  11. SCREENWRITING INTENSIVE – WRITE A COMPLETE FULL-LENGTH SCREENPLAY – starts Monday 11/9
  12. VOICE OVER 101 — starts Sun. 11/8
  13. Looking for CLASSES FOR KIDS? Click here

NOVEMBER WEBINARS

  1. VOICE OVER WEBINAR 1: VOICE OVER CAREERS — meets Sunday Nov. 8
  2. VOICE OVER WEBINAR 2: VOICE OVER HOME STUDIO BASICS — meets Sunday Nov. 15
  3. VOICE OVER WEBINAR 3: SELF-MARKETING FOR VOICE OVER ACTORS — meets Sunday Nov. 22

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • People often email to ask if we have any in-person classes during the shutdown. Most of our classes during this period are online, but “LET’S MAKE A MOVIE” is in-person. We do it by filming in very small groups (2-3 actors at most) with social distancing, asking the students to wear masks when not filming, and filming outdoors. So if you’ve been waiting for an in-person class, check it out.
  • Meredith Binder’s “Acting in Commercials” and “Self-Taping for Actors” classes will be back soon! Watch for an announcement.
  • Sean Daeley, who teaches our VOICE OVER ACTING CLASSES, has added a new series of VOICE OVER ACTING WEBINARS! Learn about voice over careers, how to set up a home studio, and how to market yourself! More info
  • The dates for Peter Greyy’s “Comedy Writing Workshop” will be listed soon!
  • We’ll also be bringing back several painting and collage classes soon. We’ve found they work great as online courses.



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REKINDLE YOUR CREATIVITY

Rekindle School was established in 2002. We offer fun, affordable classes in drawing, painting, acting, filmmaking and other subjects. Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Others meet in community centers.

REMEMBERING RICK MAY

We are saddened to announce that long-time Rekindle School instructor Rick May has passed away.  Rick taught Voice Over Acting Classes through Rekindle School from 2010-2020. In addition to his appearance in major motion pictures, TV shows and commercials, Rick was featured in many popular video games. 

In “Star Fox 64” he was the voice of Peppy Hare and Andross, in “Age of Empires II” he was the narrator and voice of Genghis Khan, and was The Soldier in the ongoing game series “Team Fortress II.

 

 

 

BUY A GIFT CARD FOR A FUTURE CLASS

See a class you like? Buying a GIFT CARD (or gift certificate) is a way or signing up and reserving your place. You can then redeem it and join a class when in-person classes start again. If you don’t find a section that works, you can choose between a refund or finding a different class.


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We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what sorts of classes you’re searching for or interested in.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions, thoughts or requests for new courses.

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Writing Fiction – and Getting It Published

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Class 17524-3-3: Writing Fiction
Saturdays 3 p.m.-5 p.m. May 2, 9, 16, 23
Tuition $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2


In this class, students will learn about the elements of FICTION WRITING through a series of in-class exercises, as well as some assignments to be done outside of the class.

  • Exercises will include writing dialogue; writing action and description; creating strong and memorable characters;  writing fiction and non-fiction; getting a better understanding of plot and story structure; and more. 
  • Students will do some in-class exercises, then try their hand at writing a two short stories and a few pages from a novel.
  • You’ll have opportunities to share your writings with the group, and to get feedback from others in the class, and from the instructor. 
  • You’ll learn how to copyright your writings, how to get published, and how to make money as a writer.   

Nils Osmar, instructor, has written stories, articles, stage plays and screenplays, and has taught writing classes and other course for over twenty years. He has written and published poems, magazine articles, short stories, stage plays and screenplays. His short story collection, The Hungry Time, was published in 1996, and was featured on public radio.  It is available on Amazon.com

STUDENT COMMENTS ABOUT THIS CLASS

“I liked the combination of handouts, presentation, discussion, and reading student writing for feedback. The combination of all of these separate tools helped reinforce concepts and make each two hour session productive and varied. Nils makes the classroom comfortable for people at all levels.” – J.F., Bellevue (scroll down for more student comments)

What a wonderful experience your writing class is!  I was amazed at what I was able to produce in this short time, and I feel much more confident about what makes an interesting short story.  The tone you set for the class was so constructive and instructive that you brought out the best in all of us. Thank you so much for this enriching class! – Marianne N., Seattle

Hi, Nils: You may not remember me, but a few years ago I took my first-ever creative writing class with you …. The class had such a profound impact on me that I immediately applied to graduate programs to pursue a Master’s Degree in creative writing. I was fortunate to be accepted to a wonderful school in Los Angeles, and recently graduated with distinction. I have also completed my first novel, and many times throughout the writing/editing process, I would sometimes hear your voice in my head saying, “Show, don’t tell,” and, “Watch for excessive modifiers.” 

I also teach English now, and I’ve realized how meaningful it can be to hear from students who have valued your instruction. To that end, I want to thank you for giving me my first “push” and encouraging me to continue doing what I love. I plan to move back to Seattle in the coming months, and I hope I’ll run into you sometime so I can thank you in person. I hope you’re continuing to teach and to inspire.  Sincerely, K. Bashaw

Thanks again for the writing class this quarter. I found your comments on my stories, and other students’ stories, helpful and to the point. You said what you thought, but without trashing anybody. I also appreciated being able to hear other students’ comments on what I’d written. – Megan C. (Edmonds)

I liked the format, and the chance to things aloud…. hearing my own stories was an eye-opener. Just hearing them, I could tell when they were working or where the cuts needed to be. It was also great having a chance to get so much feedback. – Bill K. (Seattle)

I spent two years not writing and getting ragged about it. I have to say that during your class I started writing and I’ve been writing my b_lls off ever since. It worked for me totally. – Andy J. (Seattle)

I loved your class. – J.L., Seattle

Thanks for a fun and interesting class. I appreciate how you value each student for their individual voice and style, and how you encourage and bring out the best in each of us. I always learn new and effective ways to look at things when I take one of your classes… – Barb B. (Bellevue)

Thanks for an excellent class. The exercises were enjoyable. It was a pleasure to be in such a creative group.- Marylin H. (Bellevue)

I took it because I was “stuck” in journaling, and wanted to shake myself loose and open up my writing abilities and inclinations in some new directions. Your suggestions and comments were great. I’m unstuck. Thank you!!!! I’ll be back in the fall to take the class again. – Marie L., Lake Forest Park

I found this class to be both fun and educational thanks to both Nils and everyone in the class. -M.L, Seattle

Suzie and I had lunch together today and we were commenting on how much we appreciated the gracious and respectful manner in which you taught the class. We both feel SO thankful to have ‘happened’ to have chosen your writing class, and we want to say THANKS NILS! The group you’ve birthed and created has lots of energy! (We’ve formed a writing group and are) plan to meet every 2 weeks. – M.C., Seattle


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See more Seattle Writing Classes!

SEATTLE WRITING CLASSES *****

Looking for fun, affordable writing classes in Seattle?

We offer classes in Short Story Writing, Novel Writing, Screenwriting, Science Fiction Writing, and more.

All of our writing classes meet on the Seattle branch of the University of Washington campus. They’re non-credit courses for the general community, open to everyone. That means that the focus is on having fun and learning, not on grades or tests. 


SEATTLE WRITING CLASSES

WRITING CLASSES – Short descriptions

SCREENWRITING 101

In this class, students will learn how screenplays are written, then get some practice in writing them. You’ll have a chance to write “minute movies” (just a page long), short screenplays (a few pages long), and scenes from full length movies. There will also be opportunities (for those who want to) to share your writing with the class and get some feedback. Seattle: UW campus 


SCREENWRITING 102

In this class, we’ll dive into writing a FULL LENGTH SCREENPLAY (90 to 120 pages long). We’ll also look at TREATMENTS, and write a short one as a practice exercise.


WRITING SHORT STORIES

In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, and how to get your writings published.  The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. Seattle: UW campus 


WRITING SCIENCE FICTION and FANTASY

In this class, we’ll focus on writing (short) science fiction and fantasy, paying special attention to what makes stories seem real and believable even when the characters and locale are exotic or unreal. Topics for the writing prompts will include time travel, alien invasions, robots, wizards and warriors, space travel, and other SF and fantasy themes. Students have opportunities to share their writings and get feedback from others in the class.  Whether you’re an established SF writer or a novice, come join us and have fun writing. Seattle: UW campus 




WRITING FICTION AND SHORT STORIES

In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, and how to get your writings published.  The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. 

Sign up now  using the link below:

Class 17524-3-3: Writing Fiction
Saturdays 3 p.m.-5 p.m. May 2, 9, 16, 23
Tuition $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2


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Dozens of fun, affordable classes in the arts!

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  • Our classes meet in Seattle, on the University of Washington campus and other locations.

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Our philosophy

Our philosophy is that being creative is a natural part of life. Anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways. Training is more important than “talent” — and when you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.  If you’d like to have fun and start learning a new skill, we’re here to help.

Class locations

Class locations include the University of Washington campus, Lake City Community Center, PNC, Greenwood Center, and more.

Fun, focused classes

Some of our classes have several meetings; others are one day workshops.  Many introductory classes, such as Acting 101, have follow-up classes (such as Acting 102, Acting 103, Let’s Make a Movie) that students are free to take if they would like to keep learning.

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You can always sign up!

Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter during which enrollments are not processed. For example, when spring classes end for the quarter (in most schools), it may be a month or two before summer class dates become open for enrollment. When we designed our program, we did away with that gap.

This means that on the day after a class starts each quarter, registration becomes active for the same class for the following quarter. (If the spring session of “Widgets for Wabbits” begins on June 1, the summer session of “Widgets for Wabbits” opens up for enrollment on June 2) (literally the next day).
This means that you don’t have to wait weeks for the next round of enrollments to begin. You can sign up any time, for any of our Seattle classes.  Early enrollment is recommended, because most classes fill up. 

Classes and workshops in ACTINGARTS & CRAFTSFILMMAKINGIMPROV and COMEDY • MAKE-UP • MUSIC & SINGINGPHOTOGRAPHYSOFTWAREWRITING and more!  For a FULL LIST of classes, CLICK HERE.

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SEATTLE ACTING CLASS COMMENTS

“…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.   If you would like to, please feel free to share my story with your other students and on the website.

…I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California. I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor. Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W. – Robert C., Hollywood

Best wishes and with my sincerest gratitude, Joey Coverson”

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SEATTLE FILM CLASS COMMENTS

…I just want to thank you for the (crash course in filmmaking) classes. I never learned so much over a short period of time and remembered it. You wasted no time on the non-essentials.

I greatly appreciate the fact that you were very receptive to everyone’s questions. Your experience, dedication, and passion for film making made this a fantastic learning experience for me.

I want you to know that taking this class has truly made a difference for me. I lost the fear to shoot and produce films. It has given me the knowledge and skills I was seeking and the confidence I need to step into film making.

I have to tell you — you are an incredible teacher! I cannot thank you ENOUGH!  I’ll definitely recommend this class to all my friends. Thanks so much for the highly engaging and inspiring class. – J. Vega

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SEATTLE ART CLASS COMMENTS

Thanks for taking some time before the class to help me figure out which class I should take. You weren’t just trying to “sell” me a class, you helped me find the one that would be a good next step for me. – M.J. (Seattle)

SEATTLE SOFTWARE CLASS COMMENTS

“I have enjoyed your class. You have been providing great direction for what to look for in SEO and things that you can do to improve anyone’s rankings…. I liked the presentation style, very good information.” – Jim Hopper, Seattle

“The exercise you did using one of your own websites as an example, and showing how the right changes could raise it in the search engine results, was really helpful.” – E.W., Tacoma.

For more comments and reviews about our Seattle classes, see the individual class pages.   See also: More info and reviews


Certificates of Completion

CERTIFICATE111You can take classes just for fun, or earn Certificates of Completion in several subject areas.  (Working for a certificate is a great way to organize your studies in a given subject area.) We offer certificates of completion in:


 

Seattle classes open for enrollment:

ACTING CLASSES

  1. Acting 101
  2. Acting 102
  3. Acting Workshop
  4. Acting for the Camera
  5. Accents and Dialects for Actors 
  6. Auditioning
  7. Improv 101 
  8. Let’s Make a Movie!
  9. Monologue Workshop 
  10. Stand-Up Comedy
  11. Voiceover 101 Tuesday class 
  12. Voiceover 101 Saturday class 
  13. Voiceover 102 Saturday class 
  14. Voiceover 102 Tuesday class 

ART CLASSES

  1. Acrylic Painting 
  2. Caricature (Humorous Portraits)
  3. Cartooning 1-day workshop
  4. Cartooning 3-week class
  5. Colored Pencil Drawing
  6. Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels 
  7. Drawing for Absolute Beginners
  8. Drawing in Pen, Brush and Ink
  9. Calligraphy
  10. How to Draw People
  11. Learn to Draw in a Day 
  12. Learn to Draw in a Day 
  13. Mixed Media Collage 
  14. Oil Painting   
  15. Palette Knife Painting 
  16. Perspective Drawing 
  17. Watercolor Painting
  18. Painting Landscapes in Watercolor

FILM CLASSES

  1. Crash Course in Filmmaking 
  2. Let’s Make a Movie! 
  3. Screenwriting 101

MUSIC CLASSES

  1. Singing for beginners 

SOFTWARE CLASSES

  1. Photoshop 
  2. SEO: Search Engine Optimization
  3. Sketchup
  4. Video Editing in Premiere Pro
  5. WordPress 

WRITING CLASSES

  1. Screenwriting 101
  2. Writing From Your Life 
  3. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy  
  4. Writing Short Stories 
  5. Writing Your Novel 

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If you ever have difficulty finding or signing up for a class, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to help!

Let us know what you’re looking for!

We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what sorts of classes you’re searching for or interested in.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions, thoughts or requests for new courses. See you in class!

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