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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Writing Philosophy

All Levels | This class will introduce writers to basic but brilliant metaphysical concepts in philosophy. It will focus on the works of Baruch Spinoza, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alfred North Whitehead, Hannah Arendt, Isabelle Stengers, and Gilles Deleuze. The texts examined…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Charles Tonderai Mudede

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Start Date: 01/28/2019 – 7:10 PM

Charles Tonderai 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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Picking Up the Stitches

All Levels | Stitched for a while or just beginning to thread the needle? This class will guide you to create one cohesive story whose elements are in concert with one another: humming image pattern, functional structure, potent scenes, shaved-to-essence…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Hardy

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Start Date: 01/28/2019 – 5:00 PM

Tara Hardy

Tara Hardy is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle. She's taught creative writing for fourteen years, and she's served as the Hugo House writer-in-residence. Her first full length book of poems, Bring Down the Chandeliers, was published by Write Bloody Press in the spring, 2011.

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Fairy Tales as Inspiration

Intermediate / Advanced | Fairy tales and folk tales are among the oldest story forms in the world and also the most versatile. In this class, we’ll read tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Russian and African…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Cara Diaconoff

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Start Date: 02/02/2019 – 10:00 AM

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Cara Diaconoff

Cara Diaconoff is the author of Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories (Lewis-Clark Press) and a novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You (Outpost19 e-books). She teaches writing and literature at Bellevue College.

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Generating Short Forms

All Levels | We’ll explore a variety of short forms, inspired by a recent anthology called, appropriately, Short. Participants may respond to weekly writing prompts with prose poems, “regular” poems, aphorisms, postcard messages, scripts, playlets, essays, or flash fiction. As…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 02/02/2019 – 10:00 AM
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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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Produce, Publish, and Market Your Book

Introductory / Intermediate | NYT-bestselling author Ingrid Ricks—who has produced and published eleven books—will walk you through the step-by-step process to turn your manuscript into a book. You’ll learn everything you need to know, from obtaining an ISBN to writing…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 02/02/2019 – 1:00 PM
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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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