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Note: All Fall 2018 classes will take place at our new home at 1634 Eleventh Avenue on Capitol Hill. 


Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ donor Registration: August 20
Member Registration: August 21
General Registration: August 28


New! Early Bird Pricing August 20 through September 3:

  • $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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Ekphrasis as Translation: Poetry as Post-Event

This workshop will focus on ekphrastic poetry through the lens of translation theory in order to produce original works that expand the possibilities of translation and ekphrasis—translating only the sounds, only the emotional cores, only that which light touches. No…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

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Start Date: 10/25/2018 – 14:00:00

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. He is the author of the collection Cenzontle (2018), which won the 2017 A. Poulin Jr. prize, and the chapbook Dulce (2018). His memoir, Children of the Land, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. His work has appeared or been featured in The New York Times, PBS Newshour, People Magazine en Español, The Paris Review, Fusion TV, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, New England Review, and Indiana Review, among others. He currently teaches in the Low-Res MFA program at Ashland University.

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Metaphor in Theory & Practice

Introductory/Intermediate | To craft powerful metaphors, writers need a deep understanding of how metaphors work. In this co-taught workshop, we’ll discuss metaphor theory by Black, Lackoff & Johnson, and Ricouer, and look at examples of metaphor in poets like Auden,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

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Start Date: 10/28/2018 – 1:00 PM
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Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

Kascha Semonovitch holds a PhD in philosophy and MFA in poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals including The Bellingham Review, Zyzzyva, and The Kenyon Review. She taught philosophy at Seattle University and edited two collections of philosophical essays.

Roger Gilman has a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Chicago. He taught interdisciplinary courses in the Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University in Chicago. He held positions as department Chair and Dean of the College. He is a former poetry editor of the Chicago Review and has published poems in various magazines, among them Poetry Northwest. He is a winner of the Boynton Prize in poetry and of a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship. His research concerns theories of metaphoric meaning-making and the role of metaphors in artworks and scientific explanations.

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Writing the Body

The dates for this class have been updated from the print catalog. We will interrogate poems that succeed at venturing below the surface valence of confession to empower us as readers to see, feel, understand, and empathize with their speakers….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: L. Lamar Wilson

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Start Date: 11/01/2018 – 13:00:00

L. Lamar Wilson

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion—the 2012 selection for the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series, a 2013 Independent Publishers Group bronze medalist, and a 2013 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry finalist—and co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), with the Phantastique Five. Individual poems and scholarly and personal essays have appeared in African American Review, Black Gay Genius (2014), Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, jubilat, Muzzle, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, The 100 Best African American Poems (2010), Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (2015), Vinyl, The Washington Post/The Root, and elsewhere. Wilson, a Cave Canem and Callaloo graduate fellow, Florida A&M University alumnus, and Affrilachian Poet, holds an MFA from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches creative writing and African American literature at The University of Alabama.

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The Lyric Self

The lyric poem is a text of emotion, a text of thought, expressed directly from the poet to the reader. Participants will read various examples of lyric poetry to observe differences in the mode and discuss methods of finding and…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Dante Micheaux

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Start Date: 11/02/2018 – 11:00 AM

Dante Micheaux

Dante Micheaux is the author of Circus (Indolent Books, 2018) and Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). His poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, PN Review, The African American Review and Tongue—among other journals and anthologies. He has been shortlisted for the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize. Micheaux’s honors include a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation.

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Writing Public Tragedies: How to Write Beyond the Media Feed with Empathy and Craft

How do we come to the page in private to write creatively with media informing the details of mass shootings, ICE detention camps, or the Syrian war and refugee crisis? Natural disasters, war, and conflict disturb the peace and inspire…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Amanda Johnston

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Start Date: 11/03/2018 – 10:00 AM

Amanda Johnston

Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of two chapbooks, GUAP and Lock & Key, and the full-length collection Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press). Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Callaloo, Poetry, Kinfolks Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Muzzle, Pluck!, No, Dear and the anthologies, Small Batch, Full, di-ver-city, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts. She serves on the Cave Canem Foundation board of directors and currently lives in Texas.

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More or Less?

Modernist poet Ezra Pound famously said that poetry is the most compressed form of verbal expression. By this he didn’t mean that a poem is necessarily brief. He meant that poetry packs more meaning (or activity) into each word than…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rae Armantrout

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Start Date: 11/03/2018 – 10:00 AM

Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout has published thirteen books of poems. Her most recent books are Itself and Just Saying, both from Wesleyan. Versed (Wesleyan, 2009) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle award in 2010. She is professor emeritus at UC San Diego.

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Poetry from Stage to Page

All Levels | This workshop is for performance poets to develop their collection for the page, either in developing a manuscript or for individual submissions to journals. We’ll utilize form and structure, line and stanza breaks, and space and repetition…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 11/04/2018 – 1:00 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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Writing the New Seattle

All Levels | Seattle has changed a lot over the past seven years. Its population is now over 725,000. Many of its neighborhoods have been gentrified. Working-class people have been displaced. And the most common job in the Seattle area is…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Charles Mudede

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Start Date: 11/05/2018 – 7:10 PM

Charles 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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Imitation Game

In this generative writing course, we will learn the art of imitation by examining the unfolding lyricism and logic inside extraordinary poems we read together in class. We will then draft poems mimicking one or more technique, jolting our creativity…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Katie Ford

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Start Date: 11/10/2018 – 1:00 PM
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Katie Ford

Katie Ford is the author of If You Have To Go, Blood Lyrics, Colosseum and Deposition. A recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Prize, her work has been printed in The Norton Introduction to Literature, The New Yorker, and Poetry.

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How to Write a Poem

This is a group for poets and non poets. At any level. I’m going to explain the basic operation of the poem and its world and maybe establish clearly its blurry relationship with prose and Instagram for example. We’ll look…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Eileen Myles

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Start Date: 11/12/2018 – 10:00:00

Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is the author of twenty-one books including the brand new book of poems, Evolution and Afterglow (a dog memoir). Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, a poetry grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and in 2016 they received the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They live in Marfa TX and New York.

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Finish Your Chapbook

Intermediate | Whether you have a poetry or prose chapbook in progress, have a completed chapbook, or lots of work you’d like to make into a chapbook, this class is for you. We will edit, workshop, cut out, pull in,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 11/13/2018 – 10:00 AM

Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-17 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator, and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry, prose, and fiction are published widely.

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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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Time Traveling and Time Keeping: Conversations with Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler

All Levels | In this course, we will be in conversation with Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler. We will write and examine multi-genre writing and poetic craft elements to build poems that bend, restructure and reimagine form. We will be…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 11/29/2018 – 7:10 PM

Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-17 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator, and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry, prose, and fiction are published widely.

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