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Spring Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): March 2
Member Registration: March 3
General Registration: March 10


Early Bird Pricing March 2 through March 16:

  • $10 off one-session classes
  • $20 off classes that are two to six sessions
  • $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more

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Online Class | The Poem Sequence

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Intermediate / Advanced | Working on groups of related poems accomplishes many things at once: You can begin to build a chapbook or manuscript; you can discover and pursue your own…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sharon Bryan

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Start Date: 03/31/2020 – 7:10 pm

Sharon Bryan

Sharon Bryan received her BA in Philosophy and an MA in Anthropology before she began to write poetry, and then received her MFA from the University of Iowa.

She has published four books of poems: Sharp Stars, Flying Blind, Objects of Affection, and Salt Air, which won The Governor’s Award from the State of Washington. She received the Isabella Gardner Award for Sharp Stars. Her other awards include two NEA Fellowships in Poetry, an Academy of American Poet’s Prize, the Discovery Award from The Nation, an Artist Trust Grant from the Washington State Arts Council, a Senior Fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a grant from the Utah Arts Council for the film collaboration Eureka, and a Fellowship in Poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission, among others. She was Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire.

She is also the editor of two collections: Where We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Tradition, and, with William Olsen, Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life.

She taught at the University of Washington for seven years and at Memphis State University for six. Since then she has taught as a visiting poet in almost twenty writing programs around the country, including Dartmouth, the University of Houston, Western Michigan, Kalamazoo College, Ohio University, Wichita State, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, San Diego State, and Fresno State. She has also been on the faculty of low-residency MFA Programs at Pacific Lutheran Universitiy, Warren Wilson, Pacific University, and Fairfield University.

She is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Online Class | Poetry III

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). In examining the rhetoric of contemporary published poets, we learn new techniques to apply to our own work. Poetry III assumes a foundation of craft and elements of poetry; from here…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 03/31/2020 – 5:00 pm

Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker was a 2015 Jack Straw Writer and has published poems in Cimarron Review, Narrative, Pleiades, and Web Conjunctions. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and teaches for Writers in the Schools.

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Online Class | National Poetry Month Writing Intensive

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). TIME CHANGE: This class will now run from 5 – 7 p.m. This has been updated from the print catalog.  All Levels | Poets, April is your month! Whether you’re a…

Course Type: 5 Sessions  |   Instructor: Janée Baugher

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Start Date: 04/01/2020 – 5:00 pm

Janée Baugher

Janée J. Baugher has taught creative writing for twenty years, and is a poetry submission reader for Boulevard. She’s the author of Coördinates of Yes, The Body’s Physics, and the forthcoming, The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020).

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Online Class | Ripping Off Tolstoy

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this class, we’ll explore what a few of the literary world’s finest prose stylists can teach us about refining our own sentences. Examining the techniques of some…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 04/01/2020 – 7:10 pm
3 seats available

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author or editor of thirteen books. Born and raised in Seattle, he's on the English faculty at Seattle University.

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Online Class | Autofiction

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Unlike personal essay and memoir, which are the explorations of what was, autofiction allows us to keenly feel into what was while also imagining the spaces between and…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Corinne Manning

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Start Date: 04/01/2020 – 7:10 pm
2 seats available

Corinne Manning

Corinne Manning's fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Calyx, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Moss, The Bellingham Review, Southern Humanities Review, and is forthcoming in Wildness from Platypus Press. Additional stories and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Drunken Boat, Arts & Letters, anthologized in Shadow Map: An anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM Press), and have been recognized as notable in The Best American Series. Corinne has received grants and fellowships from 4 Culture, Artist Trust, and the MacDowell Colony and founded The James Franco Review, a project on visibility and reimagining the publishing process.

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Online Class | Becoming American: Journeys to and in America

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | For centuries, the American promise of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness has fueled the imaginations of oppressed and hopeful populations worldwide. And while this experience can…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Annie Nguyen

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Start Date: 04/02/2020 – 10:00 am

Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen was born and raised in
Mobile, Alabama, as the daughter of refugees.
She completed a Fulbright in Vietnam and an
MFA in creative nonfiction at the University
of Montana. She is a professor at the University
of Washington-Tacoma.

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Online Class | Critique, Polish, Send!

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Advanced | The workshop ends. You’ve written new poems, yet you wish for more critique on each. This class offers in-depth, close readings of your poems with the goal of seeing…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Emily Warn

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Start Date: 04/02/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Emily Warn

Emily Warn is a writer and teacher who served as founding editor of poetryfoundation.org. Her latest book, Shadow Architect, explores the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Her four other collections are The Leaf Path, The Novice Insomniac, The Book of Esther, and Highway Suite.

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Online Class | Market While You Write: Building an Audience

Intermediate / Advanced | Like it or not, marketing is part of a modern author’s job description, and it starts long before the book comes out. This is a class for the writers who are baffled when an agent or…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Jusino

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Start Date: 04/02/2020

Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino is a writer, editor, and publishing
consultant. A former literary agent
and marketing director, she’s the author
of the memoir Walking to the End of the
World (Mountaineers Books, 2018) and The
Author’s Guide to Marketing (Sharper Words
Press, 2014).

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Online Class | The Alchemy of Memory

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this class, we will explore what Honor Moore calls “the mercurial nature of memory.” First we will read essays, excerpts from recent memoirs, and lyric narratives that…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 04/04/2020 – 10:00 am

Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards. Her nine earlier volumes of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP/Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award; and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and the Idaho Prize. A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, among others, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on Fulbright and other fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. She has five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, and an Advisory Board member for Raven Chronicles, Wright has received grants and fellowships from the NEA, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and she will spend two months in Bahia, Brazil, on a writing residency at the Instituto Sacatar.

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Online Class | Identifying Your Theme

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Identifying the themes in your work is one of the most difficult, yet crucial, components of writing. Themes act as guides writers can follow throughout the writing process….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Corbin Lewars

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Start Date: 04/04/2020 – 1:10 pm

Corbin Lewars

Corbin Lewars is the author of Divorce as Opportunity: Stories and Support For Your Transition and the Washington State Book Award and PNBA nominee Creating a Life. She has freelanced as a developmental editor and writing coach for fifteen years.

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Online Class | Counterplots: At War with Stories of Shame

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this class, we’ll discuss the psychology of the counterplot — a story plot that originates from the agency of the author, as opposed to from an internalized…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Zain Shamoon

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Start Date: 04/04/2020 – 1:10 pm

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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Online Class | Imagination & Desire: The Inner Life of Stories

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | What is your deepest desire? Or your boldest dream? Emotions are the invisible landscape of stories — but how do you leverage your own inspiration to create a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 04/04/2020 – 10:00 am

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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Online Class | Writing with a Mask

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this four-week class, we will explore the uses and possibilities of persona in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing. Students will read and discuss examples of persona across…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Wells

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Start Date: 04/04/2020 – 1:10 pm

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells is the author of The Fix (2018), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and a book of nonfiction, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her work appears in Harper’s Magazine, Granta, The Believer, N+1, The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, at The Poetry Foundation and elsewhere. She’s taught poetry and nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Arizona, and at Yale-NUS College in Singapore where she was a Writing Fellow in Residence. She lives in Seattle.

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Online Class | Creative Revision

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Intermediate / Advanced | Embrace a literal meaning of revision and re-envision your fiction with creative strategies, such as mapping alternative plots, changing points of view, and building mood boards. This…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Tara Atkinson

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Start Date: 04/05/2020 – 10:00 am

Tara Atkinson

Tara Atkinson is the author of two books– Bedtime Stories (alice blue books) and Boyfriends (Instant Future). Her work has appeared in Hobart, City Arts Magazine, Fanzine, HTML Giant, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She co-founded the independent literature festival, APRIL, and served as Managing Director from 2011 to 2016. She holds a BA in English from The University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

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Online Class | The Ten-Minute Write: Writing for Our Busy Lives

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Work, family, the news, that new Netflix series . . . who has time to write? We all do. Because everyone has ten minutes. Together, we’ll work within…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anna Vodicka

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Start Date: 04/05/2020 – 1:10 pm
5 seats available

Anna Vodicka

Anna Vodicka's essays have appeared in AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, Longreads, McSweeneys' Internet Tendency, Paste, and Best Women's Travel Writing 2017. She has had residency fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook.

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