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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ donor Registration: December 2
Member Registration: December 3
General Registration: December 10


Early Bird Pricing Dec. 2 through Dec. 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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The Art of the Deeply Reported Novel

All Levels | Take home a tool bag of reporting tricks to help you deepen the writing of your novel. Rebecca Clarren shares the hard-won lessons learned from more than twenty years of investigative reporting that she applied in the…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rebecca Clarren

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Start Date: 11/23/2019 – 10:00 am
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Rebecca Clarren

Rebecca Clarren has been a reporter for more than twenty years, writing about the American West for national magazines such as The Nation, High Country News, MotherJones and others. Her work has frequently been supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, as well as recognition from the John B. Oakes Award, the Native American Journalists' Association, the Lange-Taylor Prize and the Society for Professional Journalists. Clarren’s debut novel Kickdown, (Skyhorse Publishing, September 2018), was called, "an impressive debut," by The Washington Post and was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize. Clarren is currently working on An American Inheritance, a book of creative nonfiction for Penguin Books that not only investigates the parallel histories of her ancestors, Jewish immigrants from Russia who received free land to homestead the South Dakota prairie, and the Lakota who were displaced onto nearby reservations, but grapples with questions of reparation, healing and cultural appropriation. A native Seattleite, she now lives in Portland with her husband and two young sons.

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All That Cages

Consider the power-pulleys of the world system and how they impact humanity—and poetry. What to write, how to write it, whose voice, what experience, what approach? We’ll look to writers like Milosz, Levertov, Ginsberg, Gimenez-Smith, Ali, Tretheway, Lim, and Hedge-Coke,…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Juan Felipe Herrera

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Start Date: 11/23/2019 – 10:00 am

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. His book Jabberwalking, a children’s book focused on turning your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry, is forthcoming in 2018. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

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Let Me Live, Love, And Say It Well: Writing Poems Inspired by the Work of Sylvia Plath

All Levels | Sylvia Plath has captivated readers for decades; we will use her work to encourage our own poems. Designed for all levels of poets, this session will utilize different types of writing exercises and prompts, including working from…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kelli Russell Agodon

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Start Date: 11/23/2019 – 1:00 pm
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Kelli Russell Agodon

Kelli Russell Agodon is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press. Her most recent book, Hourglass Museum was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize. Her second book, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room won the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Prize for poetry. Her work has been featured on NPR, ABC News, and appeared in magazines and journals such the Atlantic, APR, Harvard Review, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She also coauthored The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for your Writing Life with Martha Silano. www.agodon.com / www.twosylviaspress.com

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Get Out of the Slush Pile

An eye-opening how-to lecture on getting your writing out of the slushpile. Author and editor Hannah Tinti provides practical tips and step-by-step instructions on the ins and outs of submitting work to magazines, literary agents, and publishing houses. She’ll share her…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Hannah Tinti

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Start Date: 11/25/2019 – 6:00 pm
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Hannah Tinti

Hannah Tinti is the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won The Center for Fiction’s first novel prize, and the story collection Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her novel The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a national bestseller and has been optioned for television. She teaches creative writing at New York University’s MFA program and co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference and One Story magazine.

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Mindful Writing

All Levels | We’ll explore writing as a contemplative practice: one that can center and ground us in the midst of chaos and distraction, activate awareness and acceptance, and radically transform experience. Using the principles of mindfulness, we’ll start with…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anna Vodicka

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Start Date: 12/11/2019 – 5:30 pm
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Anna Vodicka

Anna Vodicka's essays have appeared in AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, Longreads, McSweeneys' Internet Tendency, Paste, and Best Women's Travel Writing 2017. She has had residency fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook.

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Letting Your Characters Tell the Story

DATE CHANGE: This class will now take place on 12/13. This has been updated from the print catalog.  Fully imagined characters always produce a story. Trust me about that. When writers tell me they have trouble with plots, what I…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Michael Cunningham

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Start Date: 12/13/2019 – 1:00 pm
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Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, By Nightfall, and The Snow Queen, as well as a short story collection, A Wild Swan and Other Tales, all published by Farrar Straus & Giroux. The Hours won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize and PEN Faulkner Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Cunningham’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, and other publications. A recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Whiting Foundation fellowships, he is Senior Lecturer in English at Yale University.

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Writing Without a Map

DATE CHANGE: This class will now take place on 12/14. This has been updated from the print catalog.  To write from an outline is to know from the beginning where you’re headed. But what happens if you dive in with…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Cari Luna

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Start Date: 12/14/2019 – 10:00 am

Cari Luna

Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, which won the Oregon Book Award for Fiction. A fellow of Yaddo and Ragdale, her writing has appeared in Guernica, Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, Catapult, The Rumpus, PANK, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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