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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 | 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 | 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 | 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
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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 | 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
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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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Online Class | Anatomy of the Sentence

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this four-week class, you’ll find, read, examine, diagram, imitate, and draft great sentences. We’ll start small by identifying sentence parts and practicing varied constructions, then go big,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Atkinson

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 5:00 pm
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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 | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | A captivating story of betrayal, Muriel Spark’s 1961 novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a deceptively slim book that packs a punch. Time magazine and the…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 7:10 pm

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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is the editor of the print edition of The Stranger, where he’s worked since 2003. He edited a feature story that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He is the co-author of How to Be a Person, with Dan Savage and Lindy West. He is also the inventor and host of the silent-reading party, which happens monthly at the Sorrento Hotel and has been replicated in cities around the world. Find him on Twitter @thefrizzelle.

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Online Class | Novel Outline Bootcamp

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In order to break the rules, we must first learn them. Take a deep-dive into the three-act structure as well as the building blocks of plot, characters, conflict,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jarret Middleton

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 7:10 pm
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Jarret Middleton

Jarret Middleton is the author of the novels Darkansas and An Dantomine Eerly. He is currently the editor of Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint Press, and was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press, an independent publisher based in Seattle.

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Online Class | Creative Nonfiction III

In CNF III, we’ll meet on Zoom and over email together to: articulate our writing goals and intentions; read and discuss lyric essays and memoir excerpts by writers like Alexander Chee, bell hooks, and Melissa Febos; integrate research into your…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 04/08/2020 – 7:10 pm

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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Online Class | Writing Your Spiritual Journey

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). NOTE from Mary: I’ve taught this course online before and been amazed at the level of participation and depth of communication from students… So please join us. All Levels | You…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Mary Potter

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Start Date: 04/08/2020 – 10:00 am

Mary Potter

Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.

Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.

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Online Class | Finding Inspiration in Other Forms

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | From Robert Frost to Natasha Trethewey, writers have used non-textbased art forms to inspire them for generations. This generative workshop will explore ekphrastic poetry — responding to visual…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 04/11/2020 – 1:10 pm

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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ONLINE | Close Reading and Imitation: A Generative Fiction Workshop

All Levels | Let’s read great short stories and then learn through imitation. We will look closely at stories that do something well (dialog, relationships, family, the unknown) and make our own attempts through homage. Each week, you will attempt…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Scott

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Start Date: 04/13/2020
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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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Online Class | Telling Life Stories

All Levels | So you want to tell your story — but how? This class offers you the chance to try out a number of different genres in creative nonfiction — from memoir to lyricism, nature writing to travel writing…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 04/14/2020

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 | Fiction III

This online class focuses primarily on offering participants opportunities for advanced peer review — reading and responding to each others full short stories or novel excerpts, as well as shorter assignments. Writing workshop is not only a great way to…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 04/16/2020

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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