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The Art of Editing

Explore the art of editing with director and publisher at Graywolf Press, Fiona McCrae. We will follow examples of pages from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through the editing process identifying important structural edits and line edits that strengthened the text. Students should bring a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Fiona McCrae

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Start Date: 04/02/2019 – 13:00:00

Fiona McCrae

Fiona McCrae has been publisher of Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press since 1994, following eleven years with the British publishers Faber and Faber, of which the last three were spent in Faber’s office in Boston. Authors that Fiona has published at Graywolf include Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Baxter, Per Petterson, Salvatore Scibona, and Percival Everett. She currently serves on the boards of the National Book Foundation and the Anderson Center. Fiona received the Editor’s Award from Poets & Writers in 2017 and the Golden Colophon Award for leadership from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses in 2014.

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My House But Not My House: Surrealist Poetry & the Imagination

What we love most about our dreams is also what can make them frightening: they’re of our making, but out of our control. Surrealism aims to access the parts of us that build the imaginative landscapes we visit in our…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Laura Eve Engel

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Start Date: 04/03/2019 – 6:00 PM

Laura Eve Engel

Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books). The recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The Nation, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere.

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What Now?

You wrote something. So now what? The most indispensable tool in writing is editing. Every draft is an opportunity to reimagine, experiment, and learn. In this workshop, we will closely read and consider our works-in-progress. There will be no prescriptions…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Morgan Parker

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Start Date: 04/04/2019 – 1:00 PM

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Morgan received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Best American Poetry 2016. Winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow, Morgan lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, NY. She works as an Editor for Little A and Day One. She also teaches creative writing and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. With poetAngel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius.

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Poetry I

The dates for this class have been updated from the print catalog. Whether a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 04/06/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com

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Re-cognition and Re-vision: Pushing the Boundaries of Your Poems

Writers often draw a hard line between writing and revising. While the first is an act of joyful inspiration, the second is generally viewed as drudging perspiration. In this class, you?ll learn to infuse revision with the creative energy of…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs

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Start Date: 04/06/2019 – 1:00 PM

Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says, came out from BOA Editions and won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. The audiobook of that collection became available in 2017. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program, the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, and the Hindman Settlement School. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at a four different animal sanctuaries. Currently, she’s at work on a bestiary of sorts about these animals, but it won’t consist of the kind of pastorals that always made her (and most of the working-class folks she knows) feel shut out of nature and the writing about it—these poems speak in a queer, Southern-trash-talking kind of way about nature beautiful, damaged, dangerous, and in desperate need of saving. A chapbook of these poems called To Those Who Were Our First Gods recently won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going, published by Four Way Books in March 2019. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance, a biography-in-poems of Georgia O'Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications including Orion, New England Review, Guernica, and The Missouri Review. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and serves as the Associate Editor of Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown.

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The Art of Autobiographical Writing

Introductory / Intermediate | Whether you’re writing a memoir, a long essay, or flash nonfiction, this class is for you. We’ll read and discuss examples of autobiographical literature, discuss elements of craft (i.e. tension, chronology, vivid description, point-of-view), and celebrate…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Janée Baugher

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Start Date: 04/07/2019 – 1:00 PM

Janée Baugher

Janée J. Baugher is the author of two poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach), and she holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her writing has been published in over 100 journals, including Boulevard, Nano Fiction, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The American Journal of Poetry. Baugher’s interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, and choreographers. She’s had a dozen poems adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Contemporary Dance Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Florida’s Dance Now! Ensemble. Baugher has presented her poetry at festivals such as Bumbershoot and Folklife, as well as at the Library of Congress.

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The Political Essay

All Levels | Craft that chapter in your memoir where the personal meets the political, that op-ed you have the authority to write, or that cultural critique for a literary journal. Learning from James Baldwin, Rebecca Solnit, Arundhati Roy, Lindy…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sonora Jha

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Start Date: 04/09/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her recent political essays and Op-Eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and the Globalist. Apart from her academic and journalistic writing, she is currently finishing work on a memoir. Sonora is a current Hugo House Writer-in-Residence.

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Kick-Starting the Memoir

Introductory / Intermediate | This is a popular class with proven results, aimed at those who want to write a memoir or have begun one and are stalled. Each week requires an essay of 300 words providing essential building blocks…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: John Marshall

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Start Date: 04/11/2019 – 7:10 PM

John Marshall

John Douglas Marshall is the author of Reconciliation Road, an award-winning memoir. The longtime book critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has interviewed and profiled many prominent memoir authors.

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Graphic Humor

All Levels | Two experienced, allegedly funny cartoonists will guide you through the process of creating a wide range of humorous comics, from New-Yorker-style gag cartoons to page-long stories, rants, and satire. We’ll examine work—from subtle to slapstick to surreal—of…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: David Lasky, Greg Stump

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Start Date: 04/13/2019 – 1:00 PM

David Lasky, Greg Stump

David Lasky has been a published comics artist since 1989. His earliest success was a nine page mini-adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses (self-published), which was reviewed in the Washington Post’s “Bookworld” section in 1992. In the 90’s he became known for the solo comic Boom Boom, and then collaborated with Greg Stump on the Harvey-nominated Urban Hipster. His stories have appeared in countless anthologies over the years, including Kramers Ergot and Best American Comics. He has been an integral part of the Seattle comics scene, working at Fantagraphics in the late 90’s, volunteering at ZAPP, being a part of cartoonists groups such as Friends of the Nib, and contributing to The Intruder. David was also an early contributor to The Stranger, and as a freelancer has continued to create comics and illustrations for the weekly paper for over 20 years. With writer Frank Young, he co-created two graphic novels: Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (Abrams). Carter Family won an Eisner Award (the comics industry’s equivalent to the Oscar) in 2013, in the category of Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel.
David has also been a graphic novel instructor at Richard Hugo House and various other venues in the Seattle area. Through Arts Corps, he taught after-school classes to elementary school students from 2008 to 2014. In 2013, he represented the United States at comics festivals in Serbia and Russia.

Teaching Philosophy: Creating comics is a powerful communication skill that anyone can learn, no matter their drawing ability.

Writers I return to: Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, Stacey Levine, James Joyce.

Favorite writing advice: Don't wait to get permission from anyone to create, just do it. You'll figure things out as you go.

Greg Stump was a regular contributor for more than a decade to The Comics Journal (as a journalist and critic) and The Stranger (as a cartoonist and illustrator). His work in comics includes the weekly strip Dwarf Attack and the comic book series Urban Hipster, a co-creation with David Lasky that was nominated for a Harvey and Ignatz award. Most recently, Fantagraphics released his graphic novel debut Disillusioned Illusions in 2015 through the publisher's FU Press imprint. An adjunct lecturer at Seattle University and a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts & Lectures, he has been teaching comics to students of all ages for close to two decades.

Past Student Feedback:
"I thought both David and Greg were awesome instructors. They made it a fun class."

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Creative Nonfiction III

This class has been updated from the print catalog. Online | This class will build on craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I & II with a special focus on structure and form. The class is appropriate for those familiar with creative…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gail Folkins

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Start Date: 04/15/2019

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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Day Job to Dream Job: Writing for a Living

Introductory / Intermediate | Discover how to implement strategies for a nonfiction writing career. Using in-class exercises and assignments, we’ll study markets, come up with ideas, learn how to interview, write to specifications, and generate lots of business. Assignments will…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lora Shinn

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Start Date: 04/16/2019 – 5:00 PM

Lora Shinn

Professional freelance journalist Lora Shinn has worked as an editor at Alaska Airlines Beyond, and writes for a wide variety of publications, including The Seattle Times, AFAR, Sunset, Redbook, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Poets & Writers.

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Here & There, Then & Now: Time Travel and Alternate Realities In Fiction

All Levels | From the known to the speculative, from the sublime to the outlandish, we will investigate the mechanics of great sci-fi and fantasy writing. Along the way we will discuss work from Octavia E. Butler, Mark Twain, Vandana…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: BJ Neblett

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Start Date: 04/16/2019 – 5:00 PM

BJ Neblett

BJ Neblett is a self-confessed product of the TV generation. BJ began his writing career in earnest with Elysian Dreams, a contemporary romantic fantasy adventure. Ice Cream Camelot is a Historical Memoir about growing up during the Kennedy administration. BJ has written for the JKF Memorial Library as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Blog. He is a regular contributor of short stories to several publications including eFiction, Romance, and Paradox Ethereal Magazines. BJ’s next releases will be Planet Alt-Sete- Nine, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy; a fiction anthology, and a compilation of his romance shorts. Read more of his work and contact him at bjneblett.blogspot.com

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Suspenseful Writing

Introductory | Why are some books impossible to put down? It’s simple: “When an important outcome is unknown, people can hardly think of anything else.” It’s that yearning to turn the pages in order to find out what happens next….

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 04/17/2019 – 5:00 PM

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of eight books, most recently Meadow Slasher (Black Ocean 2017). He teaches in the MFA program at University of Arizona in Tucson.

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The Words To Say It: Writing & Reading Poems on Illness,Trauma & Healing

All Levels | By focusing on the craft of writing, we can transform personal experience into art. Readings will include Rafael Campo, Nick Flynn, Gregory Orr, Jane Kenyon, Lucia Perillo, Susan Sontag, Lucille Clifton, Anatole Broyard, and Kevin Young, among…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Suzanne Edison

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Start Date: 04/17/2019 – 5:00 PM

Suzanne Edison

Suzanne Edison, MA, MFA is a poet, educator and former therapist. She has led workshops for parents and medical professionals on the effects of chronic illness on families at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), NIH, and at national conferences for the Cure JM Foundation. She created a writing group for parents of kids with chronic illness at SCH, and the workshop “Teens Writing from the Heart of Illness & Healing” at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her recent chapbook, The Body Lives Its Undoing, was published in 2018 by The Benaroya Research Institute. It is an exploration in poetry and visual art about autoimmune diseases based on interviews with researchers, doctors, patients and caregivers.

Suzanne is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture of King County, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and will be a Hedgebrook fellow in Fall of 2019.

Some of Suzanne’s work can be found in her first chapbook, The Moth Eaten World, and in the following journals and anthologies: Michigan Quarterly Review; Naugatuck River Review; JAMA; CMAJ; The Healing Art of Writing, Vol. I; The Examined Life Journal; Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening. Her work can be read online in various other journals and on her website. www.seedison.com

Writers I Return To: Louise Gluck, Wislawa Szymborska, Rachel Zucker, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell

Favorite Writing Advice: Read, write, read, write

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The Art of the Sentence, the Art of the Paragraph

All Levels | Great writers vary the structure of their sentences, using particular forms to intensify meaning and deepen emotion. This hands-on course in developing virtuoso skills in sentencing and paragraphing is designed for writers interested in revising several short…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Priscilla Long

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Start Date: 04/17/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Priscilla Long

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author (poetry, science, creative nonfictions, fiction) and teacher of writing. New books: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press) and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press). Her book of poems is Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Her other books are The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (2010) and Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry (1989). Her science column, Science Frictions, appeared for 92 weeks on the website of The American Scholar (2011-2013). Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions. Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. For more information please visit www.PriscillaLong.com.

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