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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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The Writer's Welcome Kit

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Finding Inspiration in Dreams

All Levels | Dreams have a logic of their own. This strange quality has inspired many writers and artists, including Vladimir Nabokov, Kelly Link, David Lynch, and more. In this class, we’ll study dream logic and plumb our own dreams…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ruth Joffre

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Start Date: 07/17/2018 – 7:10 PM

Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (forthcoming Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. She lives in Seattle.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe every piece of literature is an emotional education. A story like Mavis Gallant's "The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street," for instance, requires us not only to understand the inner workings of its characters' psyches but to become the kind of people who are capable of feeling as they feel and thinking as they think. In this way, we learn to feel sympathy for the socially awkward, love for the romantically jilted, and sorrow for the painfully ambitious. When we can't expand our minds this way, our writing and our reading suffers.

Writers I return to: Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Mavis Gallant, W. G. Sebald, Elizabeth Strout, Maggie Nelson, Anita Brookner, Penelope Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Richard Yates, Elizabeth McCracken, and James Baldwin, to name a few.

Favorite writing advice: Hands down, this piece of advice from Benjamin Percy: "Keep hammering."

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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: 07/21/2018 – 10:00 AM

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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Back to the Basics: A Painless Review

All Levels | A review of English language structure to help you recognize and avoid common usage errors; use punctuation correctly; find and correct mistakes; and know what to look for before you submit. The focus of this course is…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Cherie Tucker

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Start Date: 07/21/2018 – 1:00 PM

Cherie Tucker

Cherie Tucker has a B.A. in English from the UW. A national speaker, editor, and author, she writes the grammar column for the PNWA Newsletter and taught grammar in the UW Editing Certification Program and in the Construction Management Department.

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Commit to Submit

Intermediate/Advanced | An intensive session to create and flesh out a submission schedule for your developed work. For intermediate and advanced writers who have 3-10 final drafts of poems. We will explore advantages and disadvantages of reading fees, simultaneous submissions,…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 07/21/2018 – 1:00 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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Locate & Generate

All Levels | Together, we will generate new writing from collaborative prompts, experiencing other artistic mediums and challenging what we think is possible. We will write in conversation with artists like David Wojnarowicz, Cherrie Moraga, Layli Long Soldier, and with…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: JM Miller

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Start Date: 07/23/2018 – 7:10 PM

JM Miller

Janie Elizabeth Miller is a poet & essayist whose work explores environmental imagination & activism. She is founder of the anthology Ground Swell, a developing, online public forum for literary environmental activism. She teaches poetics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her work has most recently been published in Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics, Tupelo Press (online), and Cimarron Review.

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Money in Writing

All Levels | We will explore how we write and think about money through readings of relevant texts and, ultimately, the production of our own money-related texts in workshop. The amount of money a person possessed was clearly stated in…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Charles Mudede

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Start Date: 07/23/2018 – 7:10 PM

Charles Mudede

Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic. He writes about film, books, music, crime, art, economics, and urban theory for The Stranger. Mudede has made three films, two of which, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and one, Zoo, was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Arcade Journal, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, The Village Voice, Radical Urban Theory, and C Theory. Mudede is also on the editorial board for the Black Scholar, which is based at the University of Washington, and between 1999 and 2005, lectured on post-colonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2003 published a short book, Last Seen, with Diana George. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

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Writing Beyond Description

All Levels | Often, the story a writer is really trying to tell lies deep beneath plot and characterization. This class will introduce students to the concept of hyperdetailing—an abundance of description, both spoken and unspoken, that reveals the narrative…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joe Ponepinto

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Start Date: 07/25/2018 – 5:00 PM

Joe Ponepinto

Joe Ponepinto is the publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal, and teaches fiction writing at Tacoma Community College. His novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. His stories and criticism have been published in dozens of journals in the U.S. and abroad.

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Experimental Women Poets

All Levels | Come spend some time with the authors at the heart of the contemporary avant-garde. In this generative reading class, we’ll examine some of the women leading the forefront of the experimental poetry scene. We’ll take into account…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Evelynn

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Start Date: 07/25/2018 – 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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Forms in Poetry

Intermediate | Form describes the way a poem deploys its line, rhythm, sound, and arrangement on the page, but might also refer to a conceptual restraint or organizing idea. Students will explore a range of poetic possibilities from traditional forms…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Wells

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Start Date: 07/25/2018 – 5:00 PM

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells is the author of The Fix, winner of the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize. A new book of nonfiction, Believers is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2019. She’s taught poetry and creative nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Arizona, and at Yale-NUS College in Singapore where she was an Emerging Writer in Residence. She lives with the poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Seattle, where they run a small press called Letter Machine Editions.

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Writing Scenes

Intermediate | A cornerstone of literary writing, scenes dramatize a moment and bring it to life for readers. This course will share some tools for effective scene-setting, from sensory detail and imagery to character, dialogue, and plot. Through reading samples…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gail Folkins

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Start Date: 07/26/2018 – 7:10 PM
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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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Magical Realism 101

All Levels | Do you love Kafka, George Saunders, Gogol, Leslie Marmon Silko, Colson Whitehead, Kathleen Alcala, and Aimee Bender? Whether you are an experienced or beginning fiction writer, poet, or screenplay writer, you will learn a series of magical…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Stephanie Barbe Hammer

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Start Date: 07/26/2018 – 7:10 PM
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Stephanie Barbe Hammer

Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 4 time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work has appeared in Pearl, Hayden’s Ferry, the Bellevue Literary Review and S/tick among other places. She was a comp lit scholar for many years, but then decided she wanted to make creative work, rather than just talk about it. Born in New York City she now lives on Whidbey Island where she writes flash fiction, poetry, and occasional essays and teaches creative writing at community colleges and non-profits. She is the author of a novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior (Urban Farmhouse Press in 2015), a poetry collection How Formal? (Spout Hill Press, 2014), and a chapbook, Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She’s working on a new novel about a repentant drug dealer and a new poetry collection about being a city dweller attempting to deal with nature.

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Making Sense of Memory

All Levels |In writing about the past, we often explain rather than let our senses reveal long-lost moments: that diesel smell of a school bus; the calluses on your father’s hands; jeans ticking in the dryer; or (thank you, Proust)…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christine Hemp

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Start Date: 07/28/2018 – 10:00 AM

Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has aired her work on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and has performed in theater, music, and with her writing. Her literary awards include a Harvard University Conway Award for Teaching Writing, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, an Iowa Review Award for Literary Nonfiction, and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for literature. Her collection of poems That Fall was published in 2011. She teaches nonfiction and poetry at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

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Writing with South Asian Ghazals

All Levels | Ghazals in South Asia are one of the most popular forms of poetry anywhere. While there has been much analysis of the ghazal’s evolution in English, how the ghazal works as popular art is less accessible to…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Shankar Narayan

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Start Date: 07/29/2018 – 1:00 PM

Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.

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