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Browse Fall & Winter Writing Classes!

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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. Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom. If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle. If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform. If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Click here to learn more about our in-person COVID-19 policies for fall.

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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): November 29
Member Registration: November 30
General Registration: December 7

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 November 29 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 November 30 through December 13:

  • $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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Past? Present? POV?: Exploring Tenses and Perspective

Intermediate | This fiction workshop will focus on the choices writers make about perspective and verb tenses, and on the possibilities these choices open in our work. We’ll use writing activities and close readings of writers like Alexander Chee, Sally…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 01/06/2022 - 5:00 pm PST
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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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The Publishing Process

All Levels | Publishing is a minefield of unknowns. It can be difficult to know which questions to ask, let alone how to find the answers. Should you hire a copy editor? Do you have to go to conferences? What…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor

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Start Date: 01/08/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Evan Ramzipoor

Evan Ramzipoor is a writer based in
California. Her writing has been featured in
McSweeney’s, and The Ventriloquists (Park
Row, 2019) is her first novel. She lives with
her partner and a terrier mix named Lada.

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Writing Deliciously: The Poetry of Food (for BIPOC)

All Levels | How can writing about food open up evocative spaces of comfort, family, ancestral lineage, memory, shared rituals, and desires? How can writing through and about food strengthen our communities and open up our creative craft? Along with…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jane Wong

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Start Date: 01/09/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Jane Wong

Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems and essays can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, and Ecotone. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, and others. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

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Roadmapping Your Memoir

All Levels | Develop a clear roadmap for your memoir in this generative workshop. Memoir author and writing coach Ingrid Ricks will help you hone in on your story, theme, and message, and teach you four compelling ways to structure…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 01/09/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an NYT-bestselling author, writing coach, ghostwriter and speaker who is passionate about leveraging personal storytelling to foster healing, awareness, empathy and change. Her memoirs include Hippie Boy, A Girl's Story and Focus. Visit ingridricks.com.

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Fiction III

This ten-week course will build on craft learned in Fiction I and II. Students can expect readings from Sing, Unburied, Sing (Jesmyn Ward) and Best American Stories; craft discussions; and frequent workshops. Weekly discussions will include inciting incidents, managing psychic…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Scott Driscoll

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Start Date: 01/10/2022 - 7:10 pm PST
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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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Exploring Chapbooks

Intermediate/Advanced | Whether as prologue to a longer collection or a site to explore smaller obsessions, the chapbook has long provided poets the place to gather short sequences of poems. This class will combine reading, discussion, and workshop of the…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Bill Carty

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Start Date: 01/10/2022 - 3:00 pm PST
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Bill Carty

Bill Carty has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Artist Trust, and Hugo House. He is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming, Octopus Books). His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and other journals.

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Philosophy of Memory

All Levels | Memory makes what has happened in our lives present, and the future is something we imagine. But imagination both remembers the past and simulates the future. This means the act of recalling is as creative as that…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Charles Tonderai Mudede

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Start Date: 01/10/2022 - 7:10 pm PST
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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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Everything I Know About Writing, I Learned from Meg Wolitzer

All Levels | These workshops will reveal just how much we can learn through a close reading of a single work. By laser-focusing our attention on one brilliant piece, we’ll be able to deconstruct all aspects of craft: narration, characterization,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 01/10/2022 - 6:00 pm PST
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Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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Intro to Writing Memoir, Pt. II: Developing Your Stories

Introductory | We will focus on ways you can take your story starts and turn them into something complete. We will focus on scene development, transitions, and developing themes, as well as tricks and tips for growing your ideas. This…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 01/11/2022 - 5:00 pm PST
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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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THE LATE SHOW: (Re)Starting your writing practice at 50+

Introductory | In this supportive, welcoming generative writing class, we will explore the crucial steps to (re)entering and maintaining a writing practice at a later stage in life, experiment with three different genres (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) through prompts and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Stephanie Barbé Hammer & Deborah Nedelman

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Start Date: 01/11/2022 - 3:00 pm PST
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Stephanie Barbé Hammer & Deborah Nedelman

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.

Deborah is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, the University of Washington, and the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an MFA in creative writing.

She is co-author of A Guide for Beginning Psychotherapists and Still Sexy After All These Years: the 9 Unspoken Truths about Women’s Desire Beyond 50

Her short stories have appeared in many venues including Concho River Review, Literary Orphans, and Contemporary World Literature. What We Take for Truth, her first novel. was published by Adelaide Books in 2019 and won the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019.

Deborah is certified as a group facilitator in the Amherst Writers Method and has been leading writing groups, in person and online, for more than 20 years. She was formerly publisher of Whidbey Life Magazine and fiction editor of Soundings Review. She is currently at work on a novel about a women’s psychiatric ward in the 1980’s. Deborah is an open water swimmer and finds magic in the Salish Sea.

www.DeborahNedelman.com

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How to Write for McSweeney’s

All Levels | This four-week course examines the key elements of writing brief, McSweeney’s-style humor pieces. It also explores publication options within the expanding humor-writing market. In addition to writing, students should be ready to discuss their comedic influences, provide…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeff Bender

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Start Date: 01/11/2022 - 5:00 pm PST
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Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy.

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Writing with The Four Agreements

All Levels | In this class, you’ll take four meditative and poetic steps. Each week we will explore an agreement, a meditation, and a poetic form in collaboration with The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The four poetic steps…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Naa Akua

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Start Date: 01/11/2022 - 7:10 pm PST
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Naa Akua

Naa Akua is a 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence, queer poet, emcee, and Gregory Award winning actor. They are a WITS writer-in-residence at Franklin High School and co-facilitator for Young Women Empowered Y-WE Lead mentoring program.

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Inclusive Setting and Characterization

All Levels | This course will explore the reciprocal relationship between setting and characterization. In particular, we’ll focus on the esoteric details characters notice and how macrocosmic social, cultural, and political systems control character decision-making. We’ll read a combination of…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Aram Mrjoian

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Start Date: 01/12/2022 - 7:10 pm PST
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Aram Mrjoian

Aram Mrjoian is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He earned his PhD in creative writing at Florida State University and his MFA at Northwestern University.
Aram has served as an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books, the Southern Review of Books, and the Southeast Review, as well as the managing editor at TriQuarterly. Additionally, he worked as a feature writer for several other publications, including Book Riot. His professional background includes work in content marketing, public relations, social media management, and advertising.

His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast online, The Millions, The Rumpus, Cream City Review, Colorado Review, Boulevard, Joyland, Kenyon Review online, Longreads, Booth, Hobart, and many other publications.

He is currently at work editing an anthology of essays by voices from the Armenian diaspora, slated for publication with University of Texas Press in fall 2022.

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Fiction II

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I. We’ll briefly review the basics of character, conflict, and plot, then focus on craft elements including point of view, setting, scene, pacing, and dialogue. Students will read published stories weekly,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

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Start Date: 01/12/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Susan V. 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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Fiction I

Whether you’re looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce three key elements of fiction: description, conflict, and character. Alongside published examples and writing prompts, you will write a short story and learn the basics of the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

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Start Date: 01/12/2022 - 5:00 pm PST
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Susan V. 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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