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For more information on the schedule,  the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Information about Scholarships can be found on its own page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

For help finding writing classes, or if you’ve registered for an online class but haven’t received a Zoom link, contact our team or call us at 206.322.7030.

All classes are in Pacific Time. All classes through Summer quarter 2021 will take place on Zoom or our asynchronous learning platform, Wet Ink. In Fall 2021, select classes will take place in-person, and we will continue to offer online courses as long as there is demand. In-Person classes have (IN-PERSON) in the title and asynchronous classes have (ASYNCHRONOUS) in the title.

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Fall Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): August 9
Member Registration: August 10
General Registration: August 17

What’s Scholarship Donation Day?

The first day of registration (the Monday before member registration opens) will now be open to anyone who donates $250 to our scholarship fund*. Donations must be made over the phone.

Call us at 206.322.7030 on August 9 to make your donation and sign up for the classes of your choosing.

*Applicable to specific scholarship fund donations made between member registration of the previous quarter and Scholarship Donation Day each quarter. 


Early Bird Pricing August 9 through August 23:

  • $10 off classes that are one to three sessions
  • $20 off classes that are four to eight sessions
  • $30 off classes that are ten sessions or more

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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What I Am Here to Say: Voice and Purpose in the Personal Essay

All Levels | Why do we disclose our deepest desires and fears in the personal essay? Why would one person’s walk in the city mean anything to someone else? How might one plumb one’s anger to find the hidden vulnerability…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sonora Jha

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Start Date: 08/02/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign (Random House India, 2013) and the essay collection/memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch Books USA/Penguin Random House India 2021). She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and several anthologies. Sonora was the 2016–18 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence. She teaches classes for Creative Nonfiction, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, and Seattle Public Libraries. Sonora is currently working on a second novel.

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Writing Beyond Whiteness: Anti-Racist Approaches

All Levels | The ideology of whiteness appears in writing as much as it does in real life, often in unexamined assumptions. This class will undertake the difficult but critical project of facing the history of whiteness in literature via…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Hanna Pylväinen

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Start Date: 08/03/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Hanna Pylväinen

Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novel We Sinners, which received the Whiting Award and the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal; she is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Lásságámmi, as well as fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. She has taught at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Virginia Commonwealth University; currently, she is on the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Her second novel, The End of Drum-Time, is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in 2023.

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Writing About Nature

All Levels | Taking cues from writers such as J. Drew Lanham, Ana Maria Spagna, Rick Bass, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, we’ll read and write essays with a nature and environmental focus. Through reading, discussion, and writing practice, we’ll explore literary…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gail Folkins

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Start Date: 08/04/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT

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 Unstuck

All Levels | Looking for practical methods and techniques for overcoming obstacles to creativity? We will discuss tricks for writing poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Together we’ll examine the kinds of blocks all of us encounter in our work, and we…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 08/04/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT

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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Worldbuilding: Outside and In

All Levels | All fiction writers engage in worldbuilding. The first three weeks of this class will look at how to build exterior worlds, including place, culture, and atmosphere. The next two weeks will explore the interior world of needs,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Scott Driscoll

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Start Date: 08/05/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

Scott Driscoll

Scott Driscoll is an award-winning instructor (UW, Educational Outreach award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), and his debut novel, Better You Go Home, was selected as the Foreword Reviews First Book Contest winner. He was the 1989 winner of the University of Washington’s Milliman Award for Fiction.

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FREE Family Stories

As Wendell Berry wrote, “The world is full of places. Why is it that I am here?” In this single session, you will lay the foundation of your family story—origins, questions, and artifacts. We’ll look at ways to start letting…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jaimie Li

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Start Date: 08/07/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Jaimie Li

JAIMIE LI is a contributing writer at Poetry Northwest and Darling Magazine and the Editor-in-chief of the Spring 2020 issue of The Pitkin Review. She is an MFA candidate at Goddard College and the recipient of the 2019 Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship for her work in fiction and memoir. In 2011, she received her BA in Law at Balliol College, Oxford University. She grew up in Los Angeles County and currently lives on the Cedar River in Maple Valley, WA. www.jaimiezongli.com

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Dynamic Dialogue: The Art of Subtext

Introductory/Intermediate | Do you want to liven up your dialogue? This class introduces you to the art of subtext: those implied messages that give invisible life to the things we say. Through writing exercises and sample stories by authors such…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 08/07/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

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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The Ars Poetica and the Development of a Personal Vision

Intermediate | How do our attitudes, backgrounds, and experiences inform the way we think about writing? If our personal narratives shift, how does that impact our approach to the poem? We will discuss how the conscious questioning of our thoughts…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Vievee Francis

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Start Date: 08/07/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016) and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, 2019, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

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Race, History & the Body (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | The body has been both the metaphor and the literal site of contestation: the gazed upon, the exhibited, the racialized, gendered other. How do writers document, perform, and resist through the body? We will examine poems by…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Aimee Suzara

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Start Date: 08/09/2021

Aimee Suzara

Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer based in Oakland, CA whose mission is to create, and help others create, poetic and theatrical writing about race, gender and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014) was a Finalist for the WILLA Award 2015 and her plays A HISTORY OF THE BODY and TINY FIRES were Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2015 and 2016. A YBCAway awardee and Spirited Woman Fellow (AROHO), her theater and performance work has been presented nationally and staged at Berkeley Repertory Theater, CounterPULSE, the World Theater and Bindlestiff Studio and selected for PlayGround, United States of Asian America Festival, Emerging Performance Festival, The National One-Minute Play Festival, Utah Arts Festival, and APAture; she collaborated as a writer-performer with Deep Waters Dance Theater in 2007-2011 and with other groups such as the San Francisco State University University Dance Theater. She is a 4th season member of the Playground SF Writer's Pool at Berkeley Repertory Theater. An advocate for arts education, she has taught composition at Bay Area Colleges and Universities since 2006 and has offered workshops and coaching in creative writing since 2003. www.aimeesuzara.net

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Writing About the Women in Your Family

All Levels | Who are the women in your family? What stories need to be told? How have these women helped you claim your place in the world, or what secrets might still be holding you back? We’ll explore the…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee

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Start Date: 08/10/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Darien Hsu Gee

Darien Hsu Gee is the author of five novels published by Penguin Random House that have been translated into eleven languages. She won the 2019 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship award for Other Small Histories and the 2015 Hawai‘i Book Publishers’ Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award of Excellence for Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir. Darien serves as series editor for Hali‘a Aloha, a micro memoir writing and hybrid publishing program, and is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Her recent collection of micro memoirs, Allegiance, about growing up Chinese American, was an Editor’s Pick for BookLife (Publisher’s Weekly). Darien lives with her family on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

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Author Marketing 101

All Levels | In 2021, authors are expected to be proactive in marketing their own books. While this can often feel overwhelming, the fact that authors can reach readers so directly is a good thing. This class will cover a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Andrea Dunlop

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Start Date: 08/14/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is an author and consultant based out of Seattle, WA with over a decade of experience in book publishing.

She began her career as an in-house publicist for Doubleday (Random House) where she worked with bestselling authors such as Tina Brown, Jonathan Lethem, Linda Fairstein, and many others.

After moving back to Seattle in 2009, she took over as publicity manager for Kim Ricketts Book Events promoting a wide range of cookbook and literary events with authors such as Laurie David, Rene Redzepi, and Steven Johnson. Next, she spent five years with an editorial and book production firm as their executive director of social media and marketing, working with both traditionally and self-published clients and spearheading the company’s marketing efforts.

Andrea is the author of three novels including Losing the Light (February 2016), She Regrets Nothing (February 2018), and the forthcoming We Came Here to Forget (July 2019) all from Atria/Simon&Schuster. Her books have been featured in Town & Country, Bustle, InStyle, US Weekly, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. In addition to her writing and social media work, Andrea is an accomplished speaker and has presented at book and publishing conferences nationwide including The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Conference, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, and many others.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and daughter.

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Blood, Rust & Bone: Writing the Broken Body

All Levels | We will explore the Broken Body as a portal, an entry into the sacred in poems and prose. What is it about what is broken that opens us to an altered state of awareness? How does brokenness…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Danusha Laméris

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Start Date: 08/14/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Danusha Laméris

Danusha Laméris’ first book, The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press poetry prize. Some of her poems have been published in The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She’s the author of Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), and the recipient of the 2020 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. Danusha teaches poetry independently, and was the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California.

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The New Surrealists

Intermediate | What do a rocking horse, a mind as camera, and a lampshade of silvering hair have in common? These are images conjured by contemporary poets. Though traditionally a white male realm, surrealist poetics is currently undergoing an exciting…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Susan Rich

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Start Date: 08/15/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Susan Rich

Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Along with Brian Turner and Jared Hawkley, she is editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders. She has received awards and fellowships from Artist Trust, CityArtists, 4Culture, The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Rich’s poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, New England Review, and the Southern Review.

She has worked as a staff person for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia Herzegovina, and a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank. Rich lived in the Republic of Niger, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, later moving to South Africa to teach at the University of Cape Town on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Rich’s international awards include the Times Literary Supplement Award, a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and a residency at Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. Other poetry honors include an Artist Trust Fellowship, a 4 Culture Award, a Seattle CityArtist Project Award, a GAP Award, and participation in the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland.

Her poems have been published in the Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Northwest Review, Poetry International and The Southern Review. Anthologized poems and essays are included in Best Essays of the Northwest, Poets of the American West, Poem Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica, I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Human Rights, Poem Revised: 54 Poems, and The Working Poet: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises. Susan is an alumna of Hedgebrook, the Helen Whiteley Center and the Ucross Foundation. She serves on the boards of Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Press and Whit Press.

Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and the University of Oregon, Susan Rich lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work. She has two collections forthcoming: The Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems (Salmon Press) and Blue Atlas (Red Hen Press).

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Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | You know how to write. Now, how do you make a business out of your skills? How do you land your first clients? Set your rates? Create a steady stream of income? These are the questions Going…

Course Type: 12 Sessions  |   Instructor: Paulette Perhach

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Start Date: 08/19/2021

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Vice, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and The Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow.

She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about everything a writer needs to thrive – craft, personal finance, business skills, and joy – at WelcomeToTheWritersLife.com. The site also offers a newsletter with a year of daily writing prompts.

She keeps a casual podcast about creativity and money called Can We Talk About Money?

Learn more and read her work at PaulettePerhach.com.

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Memoir Intensive

All Levels | Spend three days diving into the memoir. This intensive will include lecture, discussion, writing prompts, brainstorming activities designed to get to the heart of your work as a writer, and workshops of participants’ writing. Lecture/ discussion topics…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 08/20/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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Theo Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006.

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