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I learned early on that the best way to really learn something is to share what you know with others who want to do or know the same thing. I have taught many subjects over the years from English and music in secondary schools, to computing and data management classes in business and extended education environments, to classes on writing and editing in private and public forums. Seminars, presentations and discussions are simply different ways to share information and skills which I have practiced as a teacher, a coach, and a mentor. I try to arrange an opportunity at least once a quarter.

Upcoming events:

No events scheduled until further notice

due to COVID-19 virus.

Recent / Past events:

Hear Jo play her French horn

in the
Whidbey Island Orchestra in Freeland, WA at the Trinity Lutheran Church

Friday, Dec 13, 2019, at 7:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019, at 3:00 pm

                      and a

Special Night Before Christmas at WICA

December 22, 2019

Featuring David Ossman

at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Hear Jo play her French horn

in the
Whidbey Island Orchestra in Freeland, WA at the Trinity Lutheran Church

Friday, Oct 25, 2019, at 7:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 27, 2019, at 3:00 pm

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Opening The Fountain

at the
Freeland Library, Freeland WA
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019, 2:00 pm

Whether you are new to writing, returning to the page, or have been stuck in the muck, this workshop is designed to pull you onto the page.

Four writing exercises take you from a drip to a flow through three creative approaches. Open up your FLOW and BUILD a sound writing habit.

The rules of writing are simple: Write, enhance and refine. Do it often. WRITE NOW.

By the end of this class you will have tried three creative approaches to prime your the pump. Two more ways to open a writing project.


Writing exercises will explore creative approaches while moving toward good writing habits. Concepts explored: how to ignite your writing session, the value of timed writings, the use of free style writes, basic structures of prose writing and poetry.

Handouts: Bring pen and paper (notebook is preferable).

Writing Family Stories

at the
GSSWI meeting in Freeland WA
at the
Trinity Lutheran Church
Monday, Sep 9, 2019, 1:00 pm

How to find & write stories about family from ancestory data.


Silly Dog Studios, Langley WA
Friday - Saturday, Jan 18-19,
10:00am - 5:00pm

A two-day workshop focused on the creation and expansion of your story idea. Whether your story is unwritten, unfinished, or still floating in unformed ideas, this workshop is designed to give story structure and form to your work. Highly suited for that NANOWRIMO trial balloon you wrote in November. Work includes writing, discussing, and mapping conceptual notions. Story frames, structures, elements and development will provide background wallpaper.

Take away: You will produce 12-15 writings which form the pillars of a complete story. Through sharing and brainstorming you will interrogate the key story elements to find hidden gems that enrich and deepen your story. Then you will discover your theme, the greater idea that glues your exercise writings into a cohesive whole.

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Whidbey Island Orchestras
Jo plays the French Horn

Christmas Concert
December 14th, 7pm at
December 16th, 3pm at

Whidbey Island Orchestras
Jo plays the French Horn

Italia! Concert
October 26th at 7pm
October 28th at 3pm at

Find Your Voice
with Jo Meador at
Langley Library, Langley WA
Tue, Sep 11, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

What do you do with all those spiral notebooks of daily writing exercises, like prompts or morning pages? Is there any real use to keeping those diaries and journals you've created over the years? This workshop helps you to explore a variety of ways in which your words can lead to greater satisfaction and self-enllightment. From personal stories to poems to family stories, from essays to fiction, your own words and wisdom can reveal the secrets you keep from yourself.

Please preregister on the library events page, as space is limited.

Telling Your Story
A Summer 2018 Workshop at Silly Dog Studios, Langley WA

Friday - Saturday, Aug 17-18, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

In this two-day workshop, you will write a series of exercises to build the basic elements of story structure. Day one will explore character, setting and conflict as they provoke tension in order to create conflict and disorder. Using the discoveries of these 5-6 writings you will discover the elements of your plot and build a working plot outline. Day two will explore the plot points as they drive characters forward, from the first scene through crisis to resolution. Theme will be worked on last, offering the pillars of beginning (hook) and ending, to unify the writings into a cohesive story.

For additional information, email or call 360-331-7302.

Registration closed.

Book Signing at PNWA
November 17, 2017
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Writers' Cottage
317 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste. 8
Issaquah, WA 98027

Madrona Workshop Troupe Presents
A Day In The Writing Life

November 11, 2017
Baby Island Saratoga Club, 3616 Saratoga Rd. Langley, WA 98260

Local writers Tom Trimbath and Jo Meador will present an all day workshop on various aspects of writing.

Session Schedule

8:30-9:00 Introduction    -    both presenters and attendees
9:00-10:15 Jo Meador    -    Writing for Story
10:30-11:45 Jo Meador    -    Editing and Polishing Your Drafts

11:45-12:30 Lunch break (bring your own brown bag; drinks provided)

12:30-1:45 Tom Trimbath    -    Writing for the Internet
2:00-3:15 Tom Trimbath    -    Modern Self-Publishing
3:30-4:30 General Q&A

$80 for the entire day /or $25 per session
Fees due on day of workshop at door
To pre-register for introductory material and site information, send your name & contact info to:

Read/Discuss There is Love
Langley Library, 104 Second Street, Langley, WA 98260
October 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Jo will do a reading from her novel There is Love followed by a discussion of the work.

Taking Your Writing Up a Notch
Langley Library, 104 Second Street, Langley, WA 98260
September 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
In this workshop, learn methods of building a good writing habit, organizing thoughts, and clarifying intention and message.

Writing Family Stories. A class held in Bayview (Langley) on Whidbey Island in January 2017. Using writing techniques to help you capture the whisps of memory and create concrete stories grounded in the actual places and times. It’s an opportunity to capture some of the elusive memories that swim around your head and nail them on your family tree. How to troll your memories for detail that will fill your family history, or annotate your family album or add depth to your scrapbooking project. Four two hour sessions over four weeks.

Just Write and Edit Your Own Work, both presented at the Madrona Writers Workshop in Fall 2016.

After NANOWRIMO November 2015 Bayview School for Whidbey Island Writers Association. A discussion on what to do with that very rough first draft that emerged from the national novel writing project.