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


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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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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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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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Generating New Poems

All Levels | Through a series of targeted exercises and readings from an array of poets, both contemporary and older, we’ll work on generating new poems. Along the way we’ll discuss the elements of poetry (phanopoeia, melopoeia, and logopoeia) and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Judith Roche

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Start Date: 01/19/2019 – 10:00 AM

Judith Roche

Judith Roche is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Wisdom of the Body, an American Book Award winner. She has poems installed on several Seattle-area public art projects, has taught at various universities, and teaches poetry workshops throughout the country.

Teaching philosophy: My teaching philosophy is to met each student at his or her comfortable level and try to point out ways to extend that comfort level to gently and respectfully lead the student to try things he or she hasn’t thought of before. We all tend to write within our own conventions and I hope, by my exercises and suggestions, to facilitate students to surprise themselves by write something they might not have thought they would write. In other words, to break out of their own conventions, while assisting them to write further and deeper into what they are already passionate about..

Writers I return to: Blake, Whitman, Keats, H.D., Bob Hicock, Dorianne Laux, Sharon Doubiago, Anne Carson, Lorca, Hugo, Roethke, Richard Wilber, Robert Duncan, Michael Palmer, Sherman Alexie. As you can see, my aesthetic is all over the place in terms of poetic lineage but I teach (and read) what has really spoken to me and that’s what I want to pass on.

Favorite writing advice: A famous poet once told me to “go against the grain” and I’ve listened to that advice, which did extend my writing chops. Another famous poet told me to follow your obsessions. It’s that combination, which could be taken as contradictory, but really isn’t. To follow your obsessions but find new ways to talk about what you are really passionate about that makes for fresh and surprising writing.

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Poetry Drive: Making a Poem GO

Intermediate | In this class we’ll explore more ways to get poetry revving on the page and experiment with a variety of “machine[s] made of words” (W.C. Williams) to expand our ideas of what a poem can be (including prose…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 01/20/2019 – 13:00:00
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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com

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The Theater of the Absurd

Intermediate | Have you ever wanted to read weird books, see enormous costumes, laugh one minute and cry the next? We’ll study a literary movement called the Theater of the Absurd. We’ll ask questions like “What does it mean for…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Evelynn

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Start Date: 01/23/2019 – 7:10 PM

Evelynn

Eve Yuen received her MFA in poetry from Cornell University, where she also taught for three years. Her interests are in book length poems, philosophy of language, and the history of the avant-garde. She is at work on a book about light and a book about trans poetics. Her poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, and other publications. She lives and writes in Seattle.

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Writing for Procrastinators

All Levels | If you consider yourself a writer, proclaim to love writing, but find a million things to do before you “let” yourself write, then this course is for you. We will explore why we avoid writing, hone techniques…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 01/23/2019 – 5:00 PM
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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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Poetry II

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

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Keetje Kuipers

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Start Date: 01/23/2019 – 5:00 PM

Keetje Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in such publications as American Poetry Review, Orion, West Branch, and Prairie Schooner. In 2007 Keetje completed her tenure as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, which provided her with seven months of solitude in Oregon's Rogue River Valley. She used her time there to complete work on her first book, Beautiful in the Mouth, which was awarded the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and was published by BOA Editions. Her second book, The Keys to the Jail, was published by BOA Editions in 2014. For four years, Keetje was a professor at Auburn University and an editor of Southern Humanities Review before deciding to leave in order to write full-time. She is currently at work on a memoir, a novel, and a third collection of poetry.

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Don’t Kill Your Darlings Yet: The Bold Art of Revision

All Levels | How do you know when your story or essay is finished? Revision is at once deeply personal, but can be supported by trusted readers. “Rewriting is painful,” Baldwin said. Can revision also be a clarifying and creative…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Madeline ffitch

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Start Date: 01/24/2019 – 7:10 PM

Madeline ffitch

Madeline ffitch is the author of the story collection, Valparaiso, Round the Horn. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, Granta, and Vice. Her novel, Stay and Fight, will be out from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in July.

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The First Rough Draft of History

Introductory / Intermediate | Ben Bradlee defined journalism as “the first rough draft of history.” There has never been a more important time for good writing, in print, broadcast, and books, as well as essays, blogs, and podcasts. Topics include…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rebecca Morris

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Start Date: 01/24/2019 – 7:10 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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Creative Nonfiction II

This class is for those looking to build upon craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I or those already familiar with the basics of the genre including points of view, scene, reflection, and form. Each week we will delve deeper into…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 01/24/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor has received support from Hedgebrook, 4Culture, and Jack Straw, and taught creative nonfiction since 2006. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Waking Up American (Seal Press) and the Los Angeles Review.

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Taming the Beast: the Work-Writing Balance

All Levels | In his autobiography, the poet and doctor William Carlos Williams wrote about his job with medicine and his job with words: “They are two parts of a whole. It is not two jobs at all . ….

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Natalie Singer

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Start Date: 01/26/2019 – 1:00 PM

Natalie Singer

Natalie Singer is the author of the lyric memoir California Calling: A Self-Interrogation (Hawthorne Books). Her writing has been published in journals, magazines, and newspapers including Proximity, Hypertext, Literary Mama, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Alligator Juniper, Brain, Child, Largehearted Boy, The Nervous Breakdown, Full Grown People and the anthology Love and Profanity. Natalie has been the recipient of several awards, including the Pacific Northwest Writers Association nonfiction prize and the Alligator Juniper nonfiction prize. California Calling was first runner up for the Red Hen Press nonfiction prize and a finalist for the Autumn House Press nonfiction prize. Natalie has taught writing inside Washington State’s psychiatric facility for youth and Seattle’s juvenile detention center, and she has worked as a journalist at newspapers around the West. Natalie holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington. Originally from Montreal, she came of age in California and now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. She’s afraid of ferns. (@Natalie_Writes)

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Bold Beginnings

All Levels | The first sentence, first paragraph, first scene of our stories serves as a springboard for the full work. Often, any problem with our endings can be traced back to our beginning. Rather than meekly setting the scene,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Alex Madison

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Start Date: 01/26/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Alex Madison

Alex Madison's fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Indiana Review, Witness, Salon, Bitch Media, The Rumpus, City Arts and elsewhere. She is a former high school teacher and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she taught literature, fiction and nonfiction.

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The Essay as Adventure

All Levels | Floundering in subject matter you love? Stumped as to where it’s going? Relax. According to Brian Dillon, a good essay doesn’t have a template; it’s more adventure than form. Why else would the definition be “to attempt”?…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christine Hemp

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Start Date: 01/26/2019 – 10:00 AM
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Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her awards include a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, an Iowa Review Award for Nonfiction, and the Harvard University Extension Award for Teaching Writing. She has been selected for the 2019 and 2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for her talk “From Homer to #hashtags” which explores how language changes—and also changes us.

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Starting to Write

Introductory | Where to begin? Fiction or nonfiction? Blog or short story? Humor or serious commentary? You’ll learn how sensory description can put the spark and emotion into your work, that the decision to write means making space, that writers…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Gloria Kempton

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Start Date: 01/26/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Gloria Kempton

Gloria Kempton is an author, writing coach and former magazine and book editor. She is the author of eleven books, including Write Great Fiction: Dialogue and The Outlaw’s Journey; A Mythological Approach to Storytelling for Writers Behind Bars. She’s a former contributing editor to Writer’s Digest magazine and an instructor with their online writing courses: writersonlineworkshops.com. She also teaches online at writers.com and to incarcerated writers at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA.

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Poetry II Online

This class will build upon craft learned in Poetry I. Through more intensive readings, prompts, discussions, and workshops of your poems, we will further develop our poetic technique. While Poetry I is aimed at introducing you to the vast creative…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 01/28/2019

Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, the Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Peñaloza has been teaching since 2005.

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