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$500+ donor Registration: August 12
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General Registration: August 20


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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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Writing Dialogue

All Levels | From novels to plays and films, dialogue is the backbone of every genre. Students will get hands-on experience playing with different dialogue mechanics and structures while observing the work of great international masters of dialogue, such as…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ana Pastor

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Start Date: 10/15/2019 – 5:00 pm

Ana Pastor

A native of Barcelona, Ana Pastor studied European Theater, Playwriting and Literature. She wrote and directed "El Oyente" (2006), and a free adaptation of a Jean-Paul Sartre play (2010). Her short story "La noche del elefante" received the 2011 Fungible award. She is a translator and a Spanish language teacher, and writing fiction is her passion.

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Advanced Short Story Workshop

Advanced | Students who have completed Fiction I and II or have a similar level of experience will be ready for this class. We will workshop one story at a time with an emphasis on learning from the craft of…

Course Type: 16 Sessions  |   Instructor: Corinne Manning

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Start Date: 10/16/2019 – 7:10 pm

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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Organic Story Building

All Levels | How to begin a story when you don’t know where to begin? You don’t make a choice, said the writer Paul Bowles—you follow a scent. This class is for writers who crave inspiration, grounding in the elements…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Alma García

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Start Date: 10/16/2019 – 10:00 am

Alma García

Alma García's short fiction has been published as award-winning in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and is forthcoming in Enizagam and in the anthology Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador).

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Writing alongside Charles Baudelaire

All Levels | Read the poetry and prose of Charles Baudelaire. Called “a god” by Rimbaud, Baudelaire was a master of symbolism and Romantic verse, a chronicler of the underbelly of urban streets, and one of the pioneers of the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 10/19/2019 – 1:00 pm
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Deborah Woodard

Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.

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Scenes: A Collage Approach to Narrative Making

We are often made to think that stories come to us in a chronological order, but they often do not. Stories are scenes held together by powerful transitional moments. Most of us, consciously or not, have come to narrative through…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Chris Abani

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Start Date: 10/19/2019 – 10:00 am

Chris Abani

Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria; an MA in English, gender, and culture from Birkbeck College, University of London; and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001. Abani is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award. His work has been translated into thirteen languages.

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Exploring Three Modern Poetic Forms

All Levels | Think of the American Sonnet, used by many contemporary poets; the Golden Shovel; and the Duplex as the evolution of three modern poetic forms. We’ll examine their effectiveness as containers for the evolving language of today. Participants…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Gary Copeland Lilley

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Start Date: 10/19/2019 – 1:00 pm

Gary Copeland Lilley

Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman's Medicine Show, from Lost Horse Press (2017), and a chapbook, The Hog Killing, from Blue Horse Press (2018). He is originally from North Carolina and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2014, Willow Springs, The Swamp, Waxwing, the Taos International Journal of Poetry, and the African American Review. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.

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Write Your Memoir: How to Structure, Outline, and Bring Your Story to Life

Introductory / Intermediate | In this intensive crash-course, NYT-bestselling memoir author and book coach Ingrid Ricks will arm you with the tools you need to effectively dive into your memoir. She’ll start by teaching you the three most common story…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 10/19/2019 – 9:30 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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Styles of Second Person

All Levels | This class will explore the various narrative styles of second-person point of view, such as monologue, direct address, and inverted first person. After studying examples by Sigrid Nunez, Italo Calvino, Wells Tower, and Terese Marie Mailhot, we’ll…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: John Englehardt

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Start Date: 10/19/2019 – 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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Creating Meaning through the Lyric Essay

All Levels | Students will read, write, and workshop their own lyric essays. Through a blend of primary texts and craft essays, we’ll learn about capabilities and characteristics of the form. Possible authors include Eula Biss, Claudia Rankine, Lia Purpura,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Caitlin Scarano

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Start Date: 10/20/2019 – 1:00 pm

Caitlin Scarano

Caitlin Scarano is a poet based in Washington state. She is a PhD candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was recently selected as a participant in the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, and deployed to McMurdo Station in Antarctica in Fall 2018. Her debut collection of poems, Do Not Bring Him Water, was released in Fall 2017 by Write Bloody Publishing. Caitlin has an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has two poetry chapbooks: The White Dog Year (dancing girl press, 2015) and The Salt and Shadow Coiled (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Her recent work can be found in Granta, Crazyhorse, and Ninth Letter.

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Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Story

The dates for this class have been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | Whether you’re dipping a toe into the waters of your story or stuck rowing around in circles, these seven keys to integrating character development, plot,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 10/20/2019 – 10:00 am

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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Build a Character Web

All Levels | Whether you’re writing a memoir or novel, weaving a web of characters is a valuable (and fun!) technique for building and sustaining the momentum of your work-in-progress. We’ll discuss and practice structural techniques for creating an interconnected…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 10/20/2019 – 1:00 pm
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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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How to Plan a Novel in 10 Days

All Levels | In this workshop, writers turn a spark into a foundation that will take them all the way through National Novel Writing Month. Whether you’re seasoned or a newb, a planner or a pantser, you’ll benefit from a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Molly Thornton

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Start Date: 10/21/2019 – 4:00 pm
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Molly Thornton

Molly Thornton is a Los Angeles based writer and writing coach who works with writers at every stage of their creative process to build sustainable writing habits and bring their stories to the page. She is a Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow, and her poetry, essays, and fiction appear in publications including The Lavender Review, baldhip magazine, The Leveller, The Seattle Globalist, and They Said anthology from Black Lawrence Press.

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Contando Las Historias Profundas

Como escritores debemos aprovechar cualquier oportunidad, por corta que sea, para convertirla en un momento creativo. Ser eficientes al momento de escribir nos ahorra tiempo, el cual puede ser de mejor utilidad durante el proceso de revisión. En este taller,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kristen Millares Young

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Start Date: 10/22/2019 – 7:10 pm

Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction, a novel forthcoming from Red Hen Press on April 14, 2020. A prize-winning investigative journalist, book critic and essayist, Kristen serves as the 2018-2020 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, Poetry Northwest, Crosscut, Hobart, Moss, Proximity, Seattle’s Child, Pacifica Literary Review, KUOW 94.9-FM, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Miami Herald, the Buenos Aires Herald and TIME Magazine. Her personal essays are anthologized in Pie & Whiskey, a 2017 New York Times New & Notable Book, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity and Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer's Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury of New York and London, 2021).

Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody in 2013. Her stories have been recognized by the Society for Features Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Kristen has been a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Jack Straw Writing Program, and the University of Washington Graduate School, where she was a Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Scholar.

Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a 2003 degree in History and Literature, earning her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in 2012. She teaches creative writing in English and Spanish at Hugo House, the University of Washington Continuum College, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference and the Seattle Public Library. Kristen serves as board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit news studio she co-founded in 2009. InvestigateWest’s reporting has led to the passage of fifteen new laws to improve the environment and the lives of foster families, people of color caught in the criminal justice system, health care workers, and advocates for government transparency.

Teaching philosophy: What do powerful writers know? They know that personal experience – each human being’s subjective perception of the world – is the single largest factor for determining how that person views the world. What do powerful writers do? They take their lived experience and, using both recollection and imagination, transform it into words that compel others to feel what the author has found and portrayed. What do powerful writers discover through careful examination of their work? They learn that their characters and plots often reach for epiphanies unfounded by the scenes provided in their narratives. That recognition compels writers to seek revelations from other sources, whether readings or workshop commentary, and to revise their work, again and again. In revision awaits transformation. Why does writing matter? Writing teaches us to understand the world around us. In turn, it helps us to be understood by others. There can be no greater hope.

Writers I return to: Come to my class. We’ll get into all of that and more. Or you can take the easy way out and check out my instagram @kristenmillares, where I post the covers of favored books.

Favorite writing advice: Ass in chair.

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Revision: What It Is, What It Does, and How to Use It

Traditional workshops, MFA programs, and writing groups often leave the writer with pages of conflicting advice, comments, and critiques, no instruction on what to do.  “Revise!” they sing and expect—as if by magic—they will return with a revision. We will…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: CMarie Fuhrman

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Start Date: 10/23/2019 – 6:00 pm
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CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is the co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019) and has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including High Desert Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several anthologies. CMarie is the 2019 recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano in Tepotzlán, Mexico and a 2019 graduate of the University of Idaho's MFA program a columnist for the Inlander, and on the editorial team of Broadsided Press and Transmotion. Her book of poems Camped Beneath the Dam will be released in March 2020. CMarie resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho.

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The Personal/Impersonal Essay

Personal essays don’t always have to be so personal. By including details like place, culture, social commentary, current or historical events, etc., an essay becomes much more memorable and engaging to your reader. We’ll look at work by James Baldwin,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Santi Holley

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Start Date: 10/24/2019 – 1:00 pm

Santi Holley

Santi Elijah Holley has contributed to The Atlantic, Tin House, VICE, Atlas Obscura, Pacifica Literary Review, Longreads, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship for nonfiction, and his work has been cited by the 2018 Best American Essays anthology. Holley lives in Portland, Oregon.

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