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Spring Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): March 2
Member Registration: March 3
General Registration: March 10


Early Bird Pricing March 2 through March 16:

  • $10 off one-session classes
  • $20 off classes that are two to six sessions
  • $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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Online | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | A captivating story of betrayal, Muriel Spark’s 1961 novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a deceptively slim book that packs a punch. Time magazine and the…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 7:10 pm

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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is the editor of the print edition of The Stranger, where he’s worked since 2003. He edited a feature story that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He is the co-author of How to Be a Person, with Dan Savage and Lindy West. He is also the inventor and host of the silent-reading party, which happens monthly at the Sorrento Hotel and has been replicated in cities around the world. Find him on Twitter @thefrizzelle.

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Online Class | Anatomy of the Sentence

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this four-week class, you’ll find, read, examine, diagram, imitate, and draft great sentences. We’ll start small by identifying sentence parts and practicing varied constructions, then go big,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Atkinson

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Tara Atkinson

Tara Atkinson is the author of two books– Bedtime Stories (alice blue books) and Boyfriends (Instant Future). Her work has appeared in Hobart, City Arts Magazine, Fanzine, HTML Giant, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She co-founded the independent literature festival, APRIL, and served as Managing Director from 2011 to 2016. She holds a BA in English from The University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

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Online Class | Novel Outline Bootcamp

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In order to break the rules, we must first learn them. Take a deep-dive into the three-act structure as well as the building blocks of plot, characters, conflict,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jarret Middleton

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 7:10 pm
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Jarret Middleton

Jarret Middleton is the author of the novels Darkansas and An Dantomine Eerly. He is currently the editor of Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint Press, and was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press, an independent publisher based in Seattle.

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Online Class | Writing Your Spiritual Journey

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). NOTE from Mary: I’ve taught this course online before and been amazed at the level of participation and depth of communication from students… So please join us. All Levels | You…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Mary Potter

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Start Date: 04/08/2020 – 10:00 am

Mary Potter

Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.

Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.

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Online Class | Creative Nonfiction III

In CNF III, we’ll meet on Zoom and over email together to: articulate our writing goals and intentions; read and discuss lyric essays and memoir excerpts by writers like Alexander Chee, bell hooks, and Melissa Febos; integrate research into your…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 04/08/2020 – 7:10 pm

Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a multiracial Chinese American writer, teacher, editor, and coach. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Longreads, The New England Review, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, Vela Magazine, and Literary Mama, and her manuscript, Heart Radical, was selected by Cheryl Strayed as 1st runner-up in Kore Press’s 2018 memoir contest. Anne has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, 4Culture, and Jack Straw.

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Online Class | Finding Inspiration in Other Forms

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | From Robert Frost to Natasha Trethewey, writers have used non-textbased art forms to inspire them for generations. This generative workshop will explore ekphrastic poetry — responding to visual…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 04/11/2020 – 1:10 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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ONLINE | Close Reading and Imitation: A Generative Fiction Workshop

All Levels | Let’s read great short stories and then learn through imitation. We will look closely at stories that do something well (dialog, relationships, family, the unknown) and make our own attempts through homage. Each week, you will attempt…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Scott

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Start Date: 04/13/2020
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Laura Scott

Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared publications including Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House online, and Notre Dame Review. She served as senior associate editor for the oral history Lavil: Life, Love and Death in Port-au-Prince. She’s a MacDowell Colony fellow.

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Online Class | Telling Life Stories

All Levels | So you want to tell your story — but how? This class offers you the chance to try out a number of different genres in creative nonfiction — from memoir to lyricism, nature writing to travel writing…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 04/14/2020

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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Online Class | Fiction III

This online class focuses primarily on offering participants opportunities for advanced peer review — reading and responding to each others full short stories or novel excerpts, as well as shorter assignments. Writing workshop is not only a great way to…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 04/16/2020

Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford’s novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer in residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA program.

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Online Class | Power and Presence: A Revision Intensive

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Introductory / Intermediate | Have you been working on a short piece and having trouble finding ‘the center’? Have a stash of fragments that need to hang together? Spend some time…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jordan Alam

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Start Date: 04/17/2020 – 10:00 am

Jordan Alam

Jordan Alam is a queer Bangladeshi-American writer, performer, and social change educator based out of Seattle. Their work engages with moments of rupture and transformation in the lives of people on the margins. Jordan has performed on stage and facilitated workshops nationwide, most recently at Town Hall Seattle. Their short stories and articles have been published in The Atlantic, CultureStrike Magazine, The Rumpus, and AAWW’s The Margins among others. They are currently writing a debut novel which explores intergenerational trauma, Bengali folklore, and borders – both literal and metaphorical. Learn more about their work at their website: www.jordanalam.com.

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Online Class | Brevity SECTION II

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). A Second section of Brevity will take place on April 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. All Levels | A sustained argument for the excitement and urgency of literary…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: David Shields

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Start Date: 04/18/2020 – 2:00 pm

David Shields

David Shields is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life; Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of the year by more than thirty publications); The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead; Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Award); and Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno).

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Online Class | Embodied Ecopoetics

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Why do we care about the natural world? What moves us to react to environmental crises, such as climate change and species extinction? How can scientific and spiritual…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jessica Gigot

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Start Date: 04/18/2020 – 1:10 pm

Jessica Gigot

Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, teacher and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that makes artisan sheep cheese and grows organic herbs. Jessica has lived in the Skagit Valley for over fifteen years and is deeply connected to the artistic and agricultural communities that coexist in this region. Her first book of poems, Flood Patterns, was published by Antrim House Books in 2015 and her writing appears in several publications, including Orion, Taproot, Gastronomica, The Hopper, Pilgrimage, About Place Journal, and Poetry Northwest.

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Online Class | Brevity SECTION I

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). A Second section of Brevity will take place on April 18, 2020 from 2 – 5 p.m. All Levels | A sustained argument for the excitement and urgency of literary brevity…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: David Shields

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Start Date: 04/18/2020 – 10:00 am
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David Shields

David Shields is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life; Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of the year by more than thirty publications); The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead; Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Award); and Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno).

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Online Class | 13 Ways to Make a Poem from Your Life

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). A poem begins with the writer and ends with the reader, but it must travel beyond the life of the poet to give the reader a meaningful experience. Using exemplary poems,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ellen Bass

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Start Date: 04/19/2020 – 12:00 pm

Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass‘s poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her nonfiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins, 1996). Her work has frequently been published in the New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and the New York Times Magazine, as well as many other journals. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lambda Literary Award, Elliston Book Award, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com

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Online | Writing for Television: Crafting a Stellar TV Pilot

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Do you have a great idea for a TV show? Do you want to learn the basics of story structure, character development, and dialogue? This is the course…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Heather Pilder Olson

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Start Date: 04/19/2020 – 1:10 pm

Heather Pilder Olson

Heather Pilder Olson has written,
produced, and directed several awardwinning
films. She is currently producing The
River, a documentary about homelessness
in Aberdeen, WA. Her film Gold Balls
premiered at the Seattle International
Film Festival in 2016 and is slated for PBS
television in 2020.

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