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$500+ donor Registration: August 12
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General Registration: August 20


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  • $20 off classes that are two to six sessions
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The Writer’s Welcome Kit

Want to be a writer? Don’t waste time. The Writer’s Welcome Kit aims to save you 100 hours of work and worry as you go from wanting to be a writer to working to be a writer. It’s the first e-course…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Writer's Welcome Kit

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Personal Coaching for the Writer’s Welcome Kit

If you need accountability and guidance while completing your Writer’s Welcome Kit and committing to the writing life, our coaching level class is for you. You’ll start with a 15-minute discussion of your goals with a professional writer, send in…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Ultimate Craft Class How to Narrate, Construct Character, and Build Scenes

In this two-day intensive workshop, Almond will lead participants through several essential craft lessons. Participants will learn how to create dramatic scenes, unforgettable characters, and an irresistible narrator. They will complete in-class exercises to help bring the lessons home. The…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 09/14/2019 – 10:00 AM
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Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His forthcoming book is William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. Steve's short stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. For many years, he hosted the Dear Sugars podcast with Cheryl Strayed.

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Where to Start

Introductory | Geared toward generating work in a supportive environment, this class is ideal for writers developing a practice and finding their voice, as well as those who want to receive feedback on new work in community and explore publishing…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 09/15/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Amber Flame

Amber Flame is a writer, composer, and performer whose work has garnered residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and YEFE NOF. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Def Jam Poetry, Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, Redivider Journal, and more. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer, and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame’s first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was recently published through Write Bloody Press. Amber Flame is a queer Black single mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.

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The Most Personal Essay: Level II

Intermediate / Advanced | In this continuation of the popular “essay fundamentals” class, we’ll spend most of our time workshopping, revising, and perfecting our personal essays—as well as submitting them to appropriate markets. Perfect for writers who have several half-finished…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 09/15/2019 – 10:00 AM

Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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Online Class | Poetry I

Whether a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the basics of the workshop model. We’ll look to image, metaphor, sound, lineation,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 09/16/2019
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Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, the Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Peñaloza has been teaching since 2005.

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Making a Scene

All Levels | This is a generative writing workshop which will help students build in-scene writing muscles. Following a series of prompts, this class will help students become more aware of when they are “showing” and when they are “telling,”…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Chavisa Woods

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Start Date: 09/16/2019 – 7:10 PM

Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is the author of 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism), Seven Stories Press, 2019; of which the New York Times said, “This book makes it’s case in stark, personal terms.”

Lambda Literary said, “I suspect this text will become a vital tool for teaching, reclaiming, and collectively mourning for years to come.”

Woods previous book, Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction collection, 225 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House) May, 2017; secured Woods the Shirley Jackson Award, The Cobalt Fiction Prize, the Kathy Acker Award in Writing, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

This book also received praise from actress Emma Roberts (American Horror Story/Scream Queens), and Booklist said of the collection, “This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices."

Woods other works include The Albino Album (novel, 600 pages) Seven Stories Press, March, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (short fiction collection, 200 pages) second edition release from Autonomedia/Umbearables, 2013, original publication by Fly by Night Press 2009.

A MacDowell Fellow, Woods’ fiction and nonfiction has received praise from The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Lambda Literary Review, The Riverfront Times, Pop Matters, and others.

Her fiction, poetry and essays have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Full Stop, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has presented lectures and conducted workshops on fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

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Your Words Aloud, Your Words Alive

Intermediate | What does it take to transform the words on the page into an engaging, authentic, and memorable performance? Commitment, rehearsal, and humility. You’ll learn and practice tangible skills (including mic technique, ways to handle line breaks, and introductions),…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Elizabeth Austen

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Start Date: 09/16/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Elizabeth Austen

Former Washington state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen is the author of two chapbooks and a full-length collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia, 2011), now in its fourth printing. She’s been a poetry correspondent for NPR affiliate KUOW since 2000, and leads poetry and reflective writing workshops for healthcare providers as a tool for self-care. In 2018 Elizabeth celebrated World Poetry Day at UNESCO in Paris, reading alongside a dozen poets from around the world. She earned an MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles, and is an alumna of the Jack Straw Writers program and Hedgebrook. Elizabeth is working on a new manuscript, currently titled States of Emergency.

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Funny is the New Deep

Contrary to popular belief, writing funny doesn’t mean sacrificing depth. On the contrary, for most literary writers, the comic impulse is inextricably linked to tragedy. It’s not a conscious effort to entertain the reader so much as an unconscious effort…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 09/16/2019 – 2:00 PM
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Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His forthcoming book is William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. Steve's short stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. For many years, he hosted the Dear Sugars podcast with Cheryl Strayed.

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Online Class | Creative Nonfiction I

This class will help you decide the best way to tell the nonfiction story you want to tell. Together we will write and share from generative prompts, read a diversity of essays, and investigate our own personal stories. We will…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 09/16/2019
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Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a multiracial Chinese American writer, teacher, editor, and coach. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Longreads, The New England Review, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, Vela Magazine, and Literary Mama, and her manuscript, Heart Radical, was selected by Cheryl Strayed as 1st runner-up in Kore Press’s 2018 memoir contest. Anne has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, 4Culture, and Jack Straw.

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The Beauty and Peril of Friendship

As writers, we tend to focus on romance and family drama as subjects worthy of our work. What we often overlook are the intense friendships that we have over the course of our lives, friendships that can rescue and redeem…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 09/16/2019 – 6:00 PM
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Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His forthcoming book is William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. Steve's short stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. For many years, he hosted the Dear Sugars podcast with Cheryl Strayed.

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Fiction I

Whether you’re looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce three key elements of fiction: character, plot, and landscape. Alongside published examples and writing prompts, you will write a short story and learn the basics of the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 09/16/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Susan Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Yearlong in Prose

We’ve opened an additional section of this class on Wednesdays! In weekly meetings over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, yearlong classes provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 09/17/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford’s novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer in residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA program.

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Yearlong in Memoir

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, yearlong classes provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already have a rough…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 09/17/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Theo Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006.

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Short Story Generator

Introductory / Intermediate | Know you want to write fiction, but aren’t sure how to start? Written before but are feeling stuck? This generative class will help you find ideas, locate plot, build dramatic tension, and enhance characters. Students can…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 09/17/2019 – 10:00 AM
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Beth Slattery

Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.

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