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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ donor Registration: November 26
Member Registration: November 27
General Registration: December 4


New! Early Bird Pricing November 26 through December 10:

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

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Personal Coaching for the Writer’s Welcome Kit

If you need accountability and guidance while completing your Writer’s Welcome Kit and committing to the writing life, our coaching level class is for you. You’ll start with a 15-minute discussion of your goals with a professional writer, send in…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Writer’s Welcome Kit

Want to be a writer? Don’t waste time. The Writer’s Welcome Kit aims to save you 100 hours of work and worry as you go from wanting to be a writer to working to be a writer. It’s the first e-course…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Nonfiction Book Proposal

Intermediate | Writers of nonfiction books (including memoir) often need a book proposal to attract agents and publishers. But writing this marketing tool is very different from writing the book itself. This class will give you the information you need…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 11/17/2018 – 1:00 PM
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Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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Researching and Writing True Crime

All Levels | Whether a fifty-year-old case, or a present-day one, writing about crime is different than any other genre. We’re fascinated with crime (there are hundreds of network and cable TV programs about crime) but the truth is it…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rebecca Morris

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Start Date: 11/28/2018 – 5:00 PM

Rebecca Morris

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Morris is also a veteran journalist who worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington and was a free-lance writer for The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications before she began writing true crime books.

Her first book, Ted and Ann, continues to be an e-book bestseller on Amazon (and is also available in paperback), and her e-book, Bad Apples – Inside the Teacher/Student Sex Scandal Epidemic, is the only book to look at the trend of female teachers having sex with underage students.

She is the author of A Murder in My Hometown (2018), A Killing in Amish Country - Sex Betrayal and a Cold-Blooded Murder (St. Martin's, 2016) and If I Can't Have You - Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance and the Murder of Her Children (St. Martin's 2014) with bestselling author Gregg Olsen. They are also the authors of the Notorious USA series, including The Boy Who Fired the First Shot, The Girl and the Horrors of Howard Ave., and The Stranger and the World’s Bravest Little Girl.

Rebecca attended Oregon State University, received a B.A. in Journalism from Seattle University, and has an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. She speaks about her work at libraries, schools, and writers’ conferences. She has taught writing, journalism, and playwriting at colleges and universities across the country. She lives in Seattle.

She appears frequently on television as a crime expert.

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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: 11/29/2018 – 6:00 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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Unleashing the Healing Power of Personal Narrative

All Levels | In this hands-on narrative-writing workshop, New York Times-bestselling author Ingrid Ricks draws on lessons learned from writing her story and working one-on-one with more than a thousand students to help you unleash the power of personal narrative—and…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 12/01/2018 – 10:00 AM
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Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an author, speaker and founder of Write It Out Loud, a program that fosters healing and empowerment through narrative writing. Her memoirs include the New York Times bestseller Hippie Boy and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. Her essays and stories have appeared on Salon and NPR. She lives in Ballard with her husband and two daughters. For more information, visit her website or her program website.

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Craft Intensive: Story

As novelists, we must immediately grab the reader and not let go until the very last page. But how? During these five craft talks, we’ll go deep and get practical about ways to: create irresistible characters, find a vivid voice,…

Course Type: 5 Sessions  |   Instructor: Maria Semple

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Start Date: 01/08/2019 – 18:00:00
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Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of the best-selling novels Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. She wrote for the TV shows Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Where’d You Go, Bernadette has been translated into 30 languages. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and made over a dozen yearend best lists. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize and received the Alex Award from the American Library Association. The film version of the book, starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Crudup, will premiere in March 2019. Today Will Be Different was featured on the cover of the New York Times book review. It made over a dozen year-end best lists and is currently in development as a limited TV series.

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Writing in Times of Social Unrest and Political Upheaval

All Levels | We turn to poetry and creative nonfiction to rescue words from inciting fear, violence, and hatred. Rescuing words break silence and give voice for protest, witness, and compassion. We will read Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech;…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Merna Ann Hecht

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Start Date: 01/10/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Merna Ann Hecht

Merna Hecht founded the Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices Refugee and Immigrant Poetry Project. She teaches Humanities and Creative Writing at UW, Tacoma. Poet, essayist and award winning storyteller her teaching and writing focus on community, art and social justice.

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Byline Bible Study

All Levels | We’ll employ the how-to techniques outlined in bestselling author Susan Shapiro’s newly released book The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks. We’ll follow the process from start to finish as we draft, write, pitch, workshop, and…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 01/13/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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The Art of the Question

All Levels | Before you jump into a big assignment, you need to get to the matter’s roots. What are the important granular bits of a story or subject? We will learn how to examine the decisions people make—whether that’s…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jake Uitti

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Start Date: 01/15/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Jake Uitti

Jake Uitti is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Seattle Times, Salon, Atlas Obscura, The Stranger and many other publications. When not poring over a keyboard mid-interview, Jake can be found rolling around the Emerald City in a 2003 Chevy Impala looking for the city’s best ramen or cheese pizza slice. He is the author of two books from Reedy Press: 100 Things To Do In Seattle Before You Die and Unique Eats and Eateries: Seattle. The son of two Ivy League professors, Jake grew up amidst books of poetry and French literature, but soulful meals and compelling music are his true loves.

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Reading Like a Writer

All Levels | Writers are often advised to read as much as possible. This class takes the concept further to turn the reading process into a learning tool. Through readings, exercises, and discussion, students will learn to identify the techniques…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joe Ponepinto

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Start Date: 01/16/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Joe Ponepinto

Joe Ponepinto is the publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal, and teaches fiction writing at Tacoma Community College. His novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. His stories and criticism have been published in dozens of journals in the U.S. and abroad.

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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: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 01/16/2019 – 5:00 PM
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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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From History to Story: Writing Your Life

Introductory / Intermediate | You’ve got a life story to tell, but how can you turn “history” into a “story”? What should you include? And what should you leave out? Moreover, how can you make your memories interesting to a…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 01/17/2019 – 10:00 AM
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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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Witness & Transformation

All Levels | We will read and write with poets and writers on the road—visiting literary landmarks, making pilgrimages to the sites of great events of history and culture, sending posts (and postcards) from our voyages of discovery. We will…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 01/19/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards. Her nine earlier volumes of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP/Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award; and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and the Idaho Prize. A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford, among others, Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on Fulbright and other fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. She has five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, and an Advisory Board member for Raven Chronicles, Wright has received grants and fellowships from the NEA, 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and she will spend two months in Bahia, Brazil, on a writing residency at the Instituto Sacatar.

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Creative Nonfiction III

This class will build upon craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I and II, with a focus on structure and shifts in time. We will investigate both traditional and non-traditional formats of “true” storytelling, in essay and book format including crossing…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 01/22/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt's essays have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, The Sun and elsewhere. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published in April 2018. She is currently working on a memoir/fiction hybrid based in Haiti.

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