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The Romance of Travel Writing

Introductory / Intermediate | Travel writing sounds too good to be true. You head off to France, Hawaii, or the Swiss Alps, take some notes, shoot some photos and then write articles that sell for enough to pay for the…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Nicholas O'Connell

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Start Date: 01/18/2020 – 1:00 PM
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Nicholas O'Connell

Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program, www.thewritersworkshop.net.

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Womxn of Color Writing Innovative Nonfiction

All Levels | This class is for womxn of color who want to read and learn from contemporary womxn writers of color, such as Terese Marie Mailhot, Khadijah Queen, Seo-Young Chu, and more. Each week we’ll read and discuss 2-3…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 01/19/2020 – 1:00 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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The Poems Only You Can Write: Identifying What Sets You Apart

All Levels | This one-session workshop will give you a chance to view your writing in the context of your own personal aesthetic(s) and obsessions. We’ll practice multiple ways of using these factors to inspire new directions, generate new work,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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Start Date: 01/19/2020 – 10:00 am
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Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals including Plume, Zyzzyva, and Kenyon Review and anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She holds a BA in contemporary American literature from Yale University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, where she was a Javits Fellow. Lisa lives in Portland, OR, where she reads, writes, edits, parents, and cohosts the literary reading series Lilla Lit. (lisagluskinstonestreet.com)

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Finish Your Manuscript — Really!

Intermediate/Advanced | Sometimes it takes a stealth combo of craft tactics and psychological warfare to overcome the enemies of creativity: resistance, self-doubt, and procrastination. This class is designed for people who have at least 100 pages written of a novel…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 01/19/2020 – 10:00 am
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Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt's essays have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, The Sun and elsewhere. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published in April 2018, and she is currently working on an autobiographical novel that takes place in Haiti. She teaches at workshops around the country.

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Poetry II

We will broaden our poetic horizons through reading and writing, and we’ll discover our own personal writing goals, be that mastering a craft skill or publishing a poem in a literary magazine. We will also read each other’s work with…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Keetje Kuipers

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Start Date: 01/21/2020 – 5:00 pm

Keetje Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was selected by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), which was a book club selection for The Rumpus, and All Its Charms (2019), which includes poems honored by publication in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje’s poetry and prose have appeared in Narrative, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, Orion, The Believer, and over a hundred other magazines. Her poems have also been featured as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series and read on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac. Keetje has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the recipient of fellowships from numerous residencies including PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. She currently serves as Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest.

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Poetry Workshop: A Sacred Space

All Levels | The writing of poetry brings forth our deepest and most vulnerable selves; this workshop mirrors that process and provides a sacred space for discussion, appreciation, and critique. In addition to leading a respectful and productive workshop, the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 01/21/2020 – 10:00 am

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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Suspenseful Writing

All Levels | Why are some books impossible to put down? It’s simple: When an important outcome is unknown, people can hardly think of anything else. It’s that yearning to turn the pages in order to find out what happens…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 01/22/2020 – 5:00 pm
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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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Follow the Thread

All Levels | Develop work along a through-line or theme in this generative workshop aimed at getting you closer to manuscript creation. Students should come with a selection of work to tie together and a theme to develop through further…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 01/23/2020 – 5:00 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 Class | Creative Nonfiction II

In this class, we will delve deeper into styles of creative nonfiction including memoir and personal essay forms. Students will consider more intensive readings and prompts, and workshop their own nonfiction pieces. This course takes place online through our partners…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gail Folkins

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Start Date: 01/23/2020

Gail Folkins

Gail Folkins often writes about her deep roots in the American West. She is the author of two creative nonfiction books from Texas Tech University Press: a Pacific Northwest memoir titled Light in the Trees (2016), and Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (2007), which was a popular culture finalist in ForeWord Review’s 2007 Book of the Year Awards. Folkins’ essay “A Palouse Horse” was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2010. Her essays and poetry have appeared in publications such as River Teeth Journal - Beautiful Things, North Dakota Quarterly, Wisconsin Life, Texas Highways, and Wildflower Magazine. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, St. Edward’s University (Austin), and Austin Community College.

Teaching philosophy: My goal is to further understanding of craft while also encouraging expression of students’ unique voices. Students have praised my workshop format and student-centered approach. Students learn to not only share a narrative, but to also explore their experiences and discoveries. I encourage students to read as writers, meaning focusing on elements of craft in addition to literary themes.

Writers I return to: Edward Abbey, Julia Alvarez, Margaret Atwood, Kim Barnes, Rick Bass, Dennis Covington, Louise Erdrich, Ernest Hemingway, Pico Iyer, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Favorite writing advice: Find the extraordinary in the everyday.

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Getting Inside Your Character’s Head

All Levels | This workshop will focus on techniques to get your characters’ rich inner lives on the page. We’ll use in-class writing activities and close readings of masters of interiority like Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, and Lydia Davis to…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 01/23/2020 – 7:10 PM
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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Online Class | Story Structure for Fiction Writers

All Levels | Up in the Air author Walter Kirn says the “hack-screenwriter” has a much better sense of storytelling than does the intermediate fiction writer. Why is that? What do screenwriters know that novelists don’t? We’ll examine Christopher Vogler’s…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeff Bender

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Start Date: 01/25/2020

Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia's School of the Arts. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeneys.net, Electric Literature, Okey-Panky, The Iowa Review, City Arts, Guernica, and elsewhere. He's a former Writers-in-the-Schools Resident and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition.

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The Art of the Query Letter

All Levels | Writing a great query letter is an art and a science. This workshop examines the core elements every strong query letter has; you’ll learn how to add the extra pizzazz that will capture the attention of an…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Adria Goetz

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Start Date: 01/25/2020 – 10:00 am

Adria Goetz

Adria Goetz is a Literary Agent with Seattle-based Martin Literary & Media Management. She represents books for both the Christian market and the general market, including picture books, middle grade, young adult, quirky gift books and devotionals.
She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, as well as the Columbia Publishing Course. She was recently selected as a 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. She was recently proud to represent Rice From Heaven by Tina Cho, The Compendium of Magical Beasts by Seattle-area author Melissa Brinks, House Without Walls by Ching Yeung Russell, Grama’s Hug by Amy Nielander and It’s a Round, Round World by Seattle local author/illustrator Ellie Peterson.
Adria lives in an old Victorian home in Tacoma with her husband Alex and their two darling cats, Maple and Mulberry. To learn more about Adria and what she is (and isn’t) looking for, check out her wish list at adriagoetz.com. She tweets at @adriamgoetz.

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Write Your Novel Now

Introductory / Intermediate | Whether you’re just getting started or simply need a recharge, this intensive “boot camp” experience will give you the tools you need to start (and finish!) your novel. Through a study of professional examples, we’ll look…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 01/25/2020 – 1:00 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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Writing Our Obsessions

All Levels | Our writing is inspired, in part, by our obsessions—those images, memories and concerns we keep spinning in our heads. We will explore ways modern and contemporary poets and writers effectively write their obsessions, considering the relationship of…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 01/25/2020 – 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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Comics: Taking it to the Next Level

Intermediate | You’ve written and drawn a few (or several) pages of comics, and now you’d like to take it further. Two expert cartoonists take you in new directions with a variety of challenging assignments and insightful lectures. You will…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: David Lasky, Greg Stump

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Start Date: 01/25/2020 – 1:00 pm

David Lasky, Greg Stump

David Lasky has been a published comics artist since 1989. His earliest success was a nine page mini-adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses (self-published), which was reviewed in the Washington Post’s “Bookworld” section in 1992. In the 90’s he became known for the solo comic Boom Boom, and then collaborated with Greg Stump on the Harvey-nominated Urban Hipster. With writer Frank Young, he co-created two graphic novels: Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (Abrams). Carter Family won an Eisner Award (the comics industry’s equivalent to the Oscar) in 2013, in the category of Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel. David has been a graphic novel instructor at Richard Hugo House, Coyote Central, and various other venues in the Seattle area.

Teaching Philosophy: Creating comics is a powerful communication skill that anyone can learn, no matter their drawing ability.

Writers I return to: Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, Stacey Levine, James Joyce.

Favorite writing advice: Don't wait to get permission from anyone to create, just do it. You'll figure things out as you go.

Greg Stump is a longtime contributor to The Stranger and a former writer and editor for The Comics Journal. His work in comics includes the weekly strip Dwarf Attack and the comic book series Urban Hipster, a co-creation with David Lasky that was nominated for a Harvey and Ignatz award. His graphic novel Disillusioned Illusions was published in 2015 by Fantagraphics Books. An adjunct lecturer at Seattle University and a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts & Lectures, he has been teaching comics to students of all ages for close to two decades.

Past Student Feedback:
"I thought both David and Greg were awesome instructors. They made it a fun class."

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