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$500+ donor Registration: November 26
Member Registration: November 27
General Registration: December 4


New! Early Bird Pricing November 26 through December 10:

  • $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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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 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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The Nonfiction Book Proposal

Intermediate | Writers of nonfiction books (including memoir) often need a book proposal to attract agents and publishers. But writing this marketing tool is very different from writing the book itself. This class will give you the information you need…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 11/17/2018 – 1:00 PM
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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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Researching and Writing True Crime

All Levels | Whether a fifty-year-old case, or a present-day one, writing about crime is different than any other genre. We’re fascinated with crime (there are hundreds of network and cable TV programs about crime) but the truth is it…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rebecca Morris

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Start Date: 11/28/2018 – 5:00 PM

Rebecca Morris

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Morris is also a veteran journalist who worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington and was a free-lance writer for The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications before she began writing true crime books.

Her first book, Ted and Ann, continues to be an e-book bestseller on Amazon (and is also available in paperback), and her e-book, Bad Apples – Inside the Teacher/Student Sex Scandal Epidemic, is the only book to look at the trend of female teachers having sex with underage students.

She is the author of A Murder in My Hometown (2018), A Killing in Amish Country - Sex Betrayal and a Cold-Blooded Murder (St. Martin's, 2016) and If I Can't Have You - Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance and the Murder of Her Children (St. Martin's 2014) with bestselling author Gregg Olsen. They are also the authors of the Notorious USA series, including The Boy Who Fired the First Shot, The Girl and the Horrors of Howard Ave., and The Stranger and the World’s Bravest Little Girl.

Rebecca attended Oregon State University, received a B.A. in Journalism from Seattle University, and has an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. She speaks about her work at libraries, schools, and writers’ conferences. She has taught writing, journalism, and playwriting at colleges and universities across the country. She lives in Seattle.

She appears frequently on television as a crime expert.

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Mindful Writing

All Levels | We’ll explore writing as a contemplative practice: one that can center and ground us in the midst of chaos and distraction, activate awareness and acceptance, and radically transform experience. Using the principles of mindfulness, we’ll start with…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anna Vodicka

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Start Date: 11/29/2018 – 6:00 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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Time Traveling and Time Keeping: Conversations with Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler

All Levels | In this course, we will be in conversation with Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler. We will write and examine multi-genre writing and poetic craft elements to build poems that bend, restructure and reimagine form. We will be…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 11/29/2018 – 7:10 PM
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Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-17 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator, and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry, prose, and fiction are published widely.

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The Power of Place in Fiction

Man Booker Prize winner Josip Navakovich says, “No matter what, give us a world.” Indeed, there’s nothing more satisfying than reading a story that tips us headfirst into another world, whether it be the gritty streets of 1920s New York’s East…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Natalie Baszile

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Start Date: 11/30/2018 – 10:00:00

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile is the author of the novel, Queen Sugar, which is being adapted for TV by writer/director, Ava DuVernay, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey’s cable network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Buzzfeed, LennyLetter, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Bitter Southerner, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco.

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Unleashing the Healing Power of Personal Narrative

All Levels | In this hands-on narrative-writing workshop, New York Times-bestselling author Ingrid Ricks draws on lessons learned from writing her story and working one-on-one with more than a thousand students to help you unleash the power of personal narrative—and…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 12/01/2018 – 10:00 AM
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Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an author, speaker and founder of Write It Out Loud, a program that fosters healing and empowerment through narrative writing. Her memoirs include the New York Times bestseller Hippie Boy and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. Her essays and stories have appeared on Salon and NPR. She lives in Ballard with her husband and two daughters. For more information, visit her website or her program website.

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Making a Scene

All Levels | Scenes are the building blocks of fiction—and yet while an education in playwriting pays tremendous attention to the architecture of scene, fiction workshops tend to overlook it. We’ll take a playwright’s approach to fiction by learning how…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rebecca Makkai

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Start Date: 12/01/2018 – 10:00:00
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Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared four times in The Best American Short Stories.

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Narrative Time Travel

All Levels | Joy Williams says that stories are concerned with the “dark encroachment of old catastrophes.” This class will look at stories that rely heavily on synthesizing the past, present, and future and approach fiction from a non-linear perspective….

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: John Englehardt

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Start Date: 12/01/2018 – 10:00 AM

John Englehardt

John Englehardt is a fiction writer, editor at Pacifica Literary Review, and a former Made at Hugo House fellow. He won the 2014 Wabash prize in fiction, the Conium Review's 2014 Flash Fiction Contest, and The Stranger's A&P story contest, judged by Sherman Alexie and Rebecca Brown. He holds an MFA from University of Arkansas, and his writing has appeared in Sycamore Review, The Stranger, Seattle Review of Books, and The James Franco Review.

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The Real News in Poems

All Levels | The news is abrasive because it’s incomplete. It’s the bitterness without the coffee, the salt without the pickle, the acid without the balsamic glaze aged ten years in oak barrels in Tuscany. It is the poet’s job…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kim Stafford

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Start Date: 12/07/2018 – 9:00 AM
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Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford (Graywolf Press). He teaches writing and cultural inquiry at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

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Fiction II Online

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I. 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…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

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Start Date: 01/08/2019
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Anca Szilágyi

Anca L.Szilágyi's fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, Kirkus, and on the Ploughshares blog. She was awarded an inaugural Made at Hugo House fellowship, a 4Culture grant, and a 2015 Jack Straw fellowship. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the "fresh new faces in Seattle fiction." Her debut novel, Daughters of the Air, will be published by Lanternfish Press in December 2017.

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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Craft Intensive: Story

As novelists, we must immediately grab the reader and not let go until the very last page. But how? During these five craft talks, we’ll go deep and get practical about ways to: create irresistible characters, find a vivid voice,…

Course Type: 5 Sessions  |   Instructor: Maria Semple

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Start Date: 01/08/2019 – 18:00:00
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Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of the best-selling novels Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. She wrote for the TV shows Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Where’d You Go, Bernadette has been translated into 30 languages. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and made over a dozen yearend best lists. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize and received the Alex Award from the American Library Association. The film version of the book, starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Crudup, will premiere in March 2019. Today Will Be Different was featured on the cover of the New York Times book review. It made over a dozen year-end best lists and is currently in development as a limited TV series.

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Nurturing Your Idea Nursery

All Levels | Everyone has ideas. But how do you hold on to flashes of inspiration when they hit? And how do you keep track of them all? We will explore techniques for establishing, maintaining, expanding, and ultimately harvesting your…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Paul Mullin

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Start Date: 01/09/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Paul Mullin

Paul Mullin was recognized by Seattle’s The Stranger with a “Genius Award” for achievement in theatre. His plays have been staged across the United States as well as Canada. His Louis Slotin Sonata won the L. A. Drama Critics Award for Outstanding World Premiere, and was read by invitation before scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory prior to its Off-Broadway run. Most recently a French translation, La Sonate Louis Slotin was produced in Quebec. Mullin’s The Sequence premiered at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena and The Ten Thousand Things at Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle. Both Louis Slotin Sonata and The Sequence, were commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in collaboration with Ensemble Studio Theatre. Mullin conceived, co-wrote and co-produced NewsWrights United’s series of Living Newspapers, It’s Not in The P-I: A Living Newspaper About a Dying Newspaper and The New New News which enjoyed tremendous audience and media acclaim.

In addition to work for the stage, Mullin has had several poems published, most recently with the King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses program. He has written several feature film scripts and television documentaries, including Hitting The Ground, an independent feature in which he also starred as an actor. He has also contributed regularly as a writer and actor to Sandbox Radio Live.

His memoir The Starting Gate was published in early 2016.

Born in Baltimore, Paul now makes his home in Seattle with his wife and two sons. He hosts a monthly literary series called Loud Mouth Lit.

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Writing in Times of Social Unrest and Political Upheaval

All Levels | We turn to poetry and creative nonfiction to rescue words from inciting fear, violence, and hatred. Rescuing words break silence and give voice for protest, witness, and compassion. We will read Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech;…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Merna Ann Hecht

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Start Date: 01/10/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Merna Ann Hecht

Merna Hecht founded the Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices Refugee and Immigrant Poetry Project. She teaches Humanities and Creative Writing at UW, Tacoma. Poet, essayist and award winning storyteller her teaching and writing focus on community, art and social justice.

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