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General Registration: December 10


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  • $20 off classes that are two to six sessions
  • $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more

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Show and Tell

All Levels | Though many of us have heard the advice “show, don’t tell,” this workshop will embrace the practice of showing and telling. We will find answers to dilemmas such as when you should rely on just-the-facts-ma’am narrative and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 01/28/2020 – 5:00 pm

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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Philosophy for Writers Part III

Philosophy for Writers Part III is for any writers regardless of previous enrollment in a Philosophy for Writers course. In this class, we will enter philosophy from a path that starts with Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Charles Tonderai Mudede

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Start Date: 01/28/2020 – 7:10 pm
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Charles Tonderai Mudede

Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic. He writes about film, books, music, crime, art, economics, and urban theory for The Stranger. Mudede has made three films, two of which, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and one, Zoo, was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Arcade Journal, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, The Village Voice, Radical Urban Theory, and C Theory. Mudede is also on the editorial board for the Black Scholar, which is based at the University of Washington, and between 1999 and 2005, lectured on post-colonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2003 published a short book, Last Seen, with Diana George. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

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Fiction II

In Fiction II, we’ll briefly review the basics of character, conflict, and plot, then focus on the building blocks of point of view, setting, scene, pacing, and dialogue, with an eye toward creating a compelling voice that draws the reader…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Alma García

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Start Date: 01/30/2020 – 7:10 pm
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Alma García

Alma García's short fiction has been published as award-winning in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and is forthcoming in Enizagam and in the anthology Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador).

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Narrative Reclamation: Using Stories to Heal from Trauma

All Levels | This class is dedicated to the role of storytelling in finding relief from distress. Students in this course will learn how storytelling can be used for personal and communal reclamation, including the confrontation of historical pain. Students…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Zain Shamoon

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Start Date: 02/01/2020 – 10:00 am
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Zain Shamoon

Dr. Zain Shamoon completed his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies in Fall 2017 at Michigan State University. He also completed a Master's degree in Couple and Family therapy in 2011. He is dedicated to the creation of spaces where people can tell their personal stories on route to their own wellness. In his clinical work, he has served a range of clients, including those wrestling with high anxiety, relational conflict, and severe depression.

In March 2015, he helped launch the Narratives of Pain project, which is a group emotional outlet of personal narrative and catharsis based in Metro Detroit, and now Seattle. Currently, Zain is a professor of Couple and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle.

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How the Body Holds Its Stories: An Embodied Writing Workshop

All Levels | How do our bodies hold on to experiences? In this course, writers will come together to consider the physical act of writing—how we translate embodied knowledge into language on the page. By moving our bodies and engaging…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jordan Alam

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Start Date: 02/01/2020 – 10:00 am
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Jordan Alam

Jordan Alam is a queer Bangladeshi-American writer, performer, and social change educator based out of Seattle. Their work engages with moments of rupture and transformation in the lives of people on the margins. Jordan has performed on stage and facilitated workshops nationwide, most recently at Town Hall Seattle. Their short stories and articles have been published in The Atlantic, CultureStrike Magazine, The Rumpus, and AAWW’s The Margins among others. They are currently writing a debut novel which explores intergenerational trauma, Bengali folklore, and borders – both literal and metaphorical. Learn more about their work at their website: www.jordanalam.com.

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The Title as Frame and Invitation

A Second section of The Title as Frame and Invitation will take place on March 7, 2020, and is open for registration now. All Levels | Where do great poem titles come from? What makes a title “great,” anyway? Through…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Elizabeth Austen

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Start Date: 02/02/2020 – 1:00 pm
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Elizabeth Austen

Elizabeth Austen traveled the state as Washington’s poet laureate for 2014-16, and is the author of Every Dress a Decision, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and is now in its fourth printing. New poems are forthcoming in New England Review and Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is an alumna of Hedgebrook and the Jack Straw Writers program.

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Poet as Conjurer

All Levels | As poets, we have the ability to deploy magic tricks such as raising the dead, time travel, and even reincarnation in order to bring power to the page. In this class, we will explore various magic tricks…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michele Bombardier

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Start Date: 02/02/2020 – 1:00 PM

Michele Bombardier

Michele Bombardier is the author of What We Do (Kelsay Press, 2018), a current finalist for Washington State Book of the Year. Her work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review and many others. She is a Hedgebrook and Mineral School fellow and the founder of Fishplate Poetry, a social-purpose organization that offers workshops and retreats while raising money for humanitarian relief, specifically medical aid for refugees.

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Online Class | From History to Story: Writing Your Life

Introductory / Intermediate | You’ve got a life story to tell, but how can you turn history into a story? What should you include? And what should you leave out? Moreover, how can you make your memories interesting to a…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 02/04/2020
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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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Graph & Photograph

This workshop will engage the braid of two kinds of writing. While one happens in language, the other, photography, is wordless—“writing with light.” Each participant will compose an original piece of writing in dialogue with a photo, which may be…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Andrew Zawacki

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Start Date: 02/04/2020 – 1:00 pm

Andrew Zawacki

A 2015-16 Howard Foundation Fellow in Poetry, Andrew Zawacki is the author of five poetry books: Unsun : f/11 (Coach House, 2019); Videotape (Counterpath, 2013); Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House,
2009); Anabranch (Wesleyan, 2004); and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia,
2002). A former Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, he earned his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
Zawacki has also published four books in France: Sonnetssonnants, translated by Anne Portugal; Georgia and Carnet Bartleby, both translated by Sika Fakambi; and Par Raison de brisants, translated by Antoine Cazé and a finalist for the Prix Nelly Sachs. Anabranche, translated by Sika Fakambi, is forthcoming from Éditions Grèges.
His chapbook Georgia was co-winner of the 1913 Prize, while Masquerade won the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. Arrow’s shadow was issued by Equipage in the UK, and Kaeshi-waza was published in Canada by The Elephants. More recently, Sonnensonnets appeared from Tammy, Waterfall plot from Greying Ghost.
His work has appeared in Poems for Political Disaster, Legitimate Dangers:
American Poets of the New Century, The Iowa Anthology of New American
Poetries, Great American Prose Poems, The Eloquent Poem, and other
anthologies, as well as magazines such as The New Yorker, The Nation,
and The New Republic.
A past fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association, Zawacki edited Afterwards (White Pine, 1999), an anthology of postwar Slovenian poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, in addition to editing and co-translating Aleš Debeljak’s new and selected poems, Without Anesthesia (Persea, 2011), assisted by a Slovenian Ministry of Culture Translation Grant. His translations of two poetry books by Sébastien Smirou, See About (La Presse / Fence, 2017) and My Lorenzo (Burning Deck, 2012), have earned him a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, a French Voices Grant, and a grant from the Centre National du Livre.
He coedited the late expatriate writer Gustaf Sobin’s collected poems and serves as co-executor of Sobin’s literary estate. Zawacki has published criticism in the TLS, Boston Review, Chicago Review, How2, Jacket2, New German Critique, and elsewhere. He has held fellowships from the Salzburg Seminar, the Bogliasco Foundation, la Résidence Internationale aux Récollets, le Collège International des Traducteurs Littéraires, Hawthornden Castle, Le Château de Lavigny, and the Millay Colony, Saltonstall Foundation, and Bread Loaf.

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Online Class | Fiction II

In this class, we will focus on point of view, scene construction, and dialogue through reading published examples, writing prompts, and workshop of each other’s writing. This course takes place online through our partners at Wet Ink, and classes can…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

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Start Date: 02/05/2020
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Anca Szilágyi

Anca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, a novel which Shelf Awareness called “a striking debut from a writer to watch” and which The Seattle Review of Books called “a creation of unearthly talents.” Her prose appears in Lilith Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Electric Literature, among other publications. She is the recipient of awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Made at Hugo House, and Vermont Studio Center.

Teaching philosophy: Compassion is at the heart of both good teaching and good writing. Having an open mind to students’ needs and desires is essential to helping them get inspired and stretch their minds and their art. Variety and flexibility, therefore, drive my approach to teaching writing. I am committed to bringing students a range of practical tools and creative stimuli.

Writers I return to: Anton Chekhov and Mavis Gallant, Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino, Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter

Favorite writing advice: "Whenever you're stuck in a piece of writing, think of what's most unholy. Then do that." -Heather McHugh

Past Student Feedback:
“I really enjoyed your class. It’s the most helpful one I’ve taken to date, and in large part because of the time you take for individual feedback. I also thought the story selection for readings was spot-on, and the exercises were fun and generative. I have a few new stories from those exercises that I’m excited to delve into further.”

“Anca is incredibly knowledgeable and kind in her critiques. I learned a lot just reviewing stories with her and the class. This has directly affected my own writing.”

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Online Class | Strange Stories: Putting the Uncanny in Your Fiction

All Levels | The unusual is thriving in contemporary storytelling. A man made famous for playing a vampire on TV is haunted by a real ghost; something is wrong at a family’s new house. Maybe art is imitating our strange…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Scott

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Start Date: 02/05/2020

Laura Scott

Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared publications including Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House online, and Notre Dame Review. She served as senior associate editor for the oral history Lavil: Life, Love and Death in Port-au-Prince. She’s a MacDowell Colony fellow.

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Writing Intuitively: Poet as Radio

All Levels | This course will look at writing that tap into what is outside of a writer’s conscious control— channeling, divination, somatic ritual, etc. We’ll explore work by Jack Spicer, Harryette Mullen, and CA Conrad, among others. Each week…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Matt Trease

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Start Date: 02/05/2020 – 5:00 pm

Matt Trease

Matt Trease is an artist and astrologer. He serves on the board of the Seattle Poetics Lab and co-curates the MarginShift reading series. Poems are in Phoebe, Fact-Simile, Hotel Amerika, Juked, and the anthology, Make-It-True Meets Medusario (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2019).

Teaching Philosophy: There has to be lots of room for play and exploration without judgement. Each writer needs to be given some tools, yes, but mostly just room to find and set their own intentions. I believe that the classroom is place to explore lots of potential models, play games, and stumble into the many avenues for making sense of our thoughts and emotions.

Writers I return to: Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan, Shiela E Murphy, Alice Notley, Yoko Ono, Mina Loy, Jackson MacLow, Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Lorinne Niedecker, Amiri Baraka, Hoa Nguyen, CA Conrad, and Terrance Hayes among others

Favorite writing advice: There is no such thing as Writer's Block, only an unwillingness to play.

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Creative Nonfiction II

This class is for those familiar with the basics of creative nonfiction. Each week we will freewrite from in-class prompts, experiment with point of view, share aloud, and listen. We will also read/discuss a diverse range of voices and structures…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 02/06/2020 – 7:10 PM
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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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Writing Suspenseful Scenes

All Levels | Whether you’re penning a mystery, literary fiction, science fiction or romance story, suspense scenes are a major ingredient in practically every genre. New York Times bestselling thriller author Kevin O’Brien will discuss how to develop suspense through…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kevin O'Brien

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Start Date: 02/08/2020 – 1:00 pm
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Kevin O'Brien

Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector. The author of 20 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery, and is a core member of Seattle 7 Writers. Press & Guide said: “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” Kevin’s latest nail-biter is The Betrayed Wife.

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How to Stick with a Longterm Project

All Levels | Stamina and patience are among the most important qualities a writer can possess. We’ll create strategies for sticking with your writing project until it’s complete. How do you make room for writing in your schedule, how do…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Suzanne Morrison

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Start Date: 02/08/2020 – 1:00 pm

Suzanne Morrison

Suzanne Morrison is the author of Yoga Bitch, which was an Indiebound bestseller and has been translated into 7 languages. Her fiction and essays have appeared in American Short Fiction, Litro UK, Popshot (UK), Salt Hill, Washington Square, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post and elsewhere.

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