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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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On Reading a Tree

CLASS UPDATE: This class will now run on Thursdays, 1/13-2/17, from 7:10 – 9:10 pm PT. This has been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | Trees are an iconic symbol of the Northwest; some varieties may live well…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Claudia Castro Luna

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Start Date: 01/13/2022 - 7:10 pm PST
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Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna is an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate fellow (2019), WA State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2021) and Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2018), the author of One River, A Thousand Voices (Chin Music Press), the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) also shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry, and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge Press). Her most recent non-fiction can be found in, There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis (Vintage) Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle on unceded Duwamish lands where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

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Syntax in Poems: Exploring Parataxis, Hypotaxis, and Inverted Syntax

Intermediate | Why is syntax in poetry important? Because it’s one of the necessary defining principles of the poetic line and thus one of the most powerful ways to convey meaning and to emphasize or de-emphasize meanings and emotions. In…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Victoria Chang

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Start Date: 01/15/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Victoria Chang

Writer and editor Victoria Chang earned a BA in Asian studies from the University of Michigan, an MA in Asian studies from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford University, and an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her collections of poetry include Circle (2005), winner of the Crab Orchard Review Award Series in Poetry; Salvinia Molesta (2008); The Boss (2013); and Barbie Chang (2017). Her poems have been published in the Kenyon Review, Poetry, the Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry 2005. In 2017, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Poet Susan Settlemyre Williams, reviewing Circle for the online journal blackbird, commented on the collection: "It frequently brings Randall Jarrell to mind, both in its wide range of subjects, including art, film, and history, in its many dramatic monologues, and particularly in its fundamental inquiry into the slippery nature of identity." She noted the presence of characters in liminal states and women struggling with restrictive roles, observing that Chang's "rueful wit and sense of irony undercut any sense of self-righteousness."

Chang is the editor of the anthology Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004). In addition to editing, she writes children's books and teaches in Antioch University’s MFA program. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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FREE API/AAPI Bad Girls Club

All Levels | Xiwangmu, one of the most powerful goddesses in the Chinese pantheon, started out as a mountain demon who wreaked cataclysmic havoc before settling down into heavenly rule. What can her myth teach us about writing into our…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jaimie Li

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Start Date: 01/15/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Jaimie Li

JAIMIE LI is a contributing writer at Poetry Northwest and Darling Magazine and the Editor-in-chief of the Spring 2020 issue of The Pitkin Review. She is an MFA candidate at Goddard College and the recipient of the 2019 Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship for her work in fiction and memoir. In 2011, she received her BA in Law at Balliol College, Oxford University. She grew up in Los Angeles County and currently lives on the Cedar River in Maple Valley, WA. www.jaimiezongli.com

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How the Body Holds Its Stories (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | How do our bodies hold on to experiences? In this course, writers will come together to consider the physical act of writing — how we translate embodied knowledge into language on the page. By moving our bodies…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jordan Alam

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Start Date: 01/15/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Jordan Alam

Jordan Alam is a queer Bangladeshi-American writer, performer, and social change educator based out of Seattle. Their work engages with moments of rupture and transformation in the lives of people on the margins. Jordan has performed on stage and facilitated workshops nationwide, most recently at Town Hall Seattle. Their short stories and articles have been published in The Atlantic, CultureStrike Magazine, The Rumpus, and AAWW’s The Margins among others. They are currently writing a debut novel which explores intergenerational trauma, Bengali folklore, and borders – both literal and metaphorical. Learn more about their work at their website: www.jordanalam.com.

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Chasing Time in Poetry

All Levels | Time passes, halts, sputters, and rewinds in poetry. The line itself is a unit of time, measured in beats, increments of time. In this craft class and workshop, we will close-read poems for the ways their authors…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Maya C. Popa

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Start Date: 01/16/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Maya C. Popa

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of American Faith (Sarabande, 2019), which was a recipient of the North American Book Prize and a runner-up in the Kathryn A. Morton Prize judged by Ocean Vuong. She is also the author of two chapbooks, both from the Diagram Chapbook Series: You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave and The Bees Have Been Canceled, which was a PBS Summer Choice.

About American Faith, Deborah Landau says, “Maya Popa’s clear-eyed lyrics register with steady power a spectrum of 21st century violences. In poems that take on the devastating pressure of climate change, gun violence, and our threatened democracy, Popa uses her gift to grieve and in grieving forge song. Revelatory yet emphatically unsentimental, Popa’s unflinching distillations illuminate the facets of our broken world; there is much wisdom here, and grace, and heart.” And of her poetry Publishers Weekly reflects, “Child of immigrants, teacher, woman in a vulnerable body, the speakers of Popa’s poems seek to set the record straight, knowing how little anyone listens—to poetry, of course, but to other people in general. Popa’s questing and questioning lyric poems are kind company amid the uncertainty of the modern world.”

A selection of poems from her manuscript in progress received 2nd place in The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize judged by John Burnside and Gillian Clarke, and she was recently Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize.

Popa is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Oxford Poetry Society, the Hippocrates Society in London, and the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, among others. She is the Poetry Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly and teaches poetry at NYU. She is director of creative writing at the Nightingale-Bamford school where she oversees visiting writers, workshops, and readings.

She holds degrees from Oxford University, NYU, and Barnard College and is currently pursuing her PhD on the role of wonder in poetry at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Creatures of the Sea: Creative Writing Experiments

All Levels | Sensing like an octopus, how can we expand our imagery? What is the kraken’s myth, and where else can we take it? What makes words school like fish? What exists at our work’s hydrothermal depths? This generative…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 01/16/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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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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Advanced Poetry Workshop

BY APPLICATION: Please apply by January 13. Advanced | In this inclusive, welcoming, and supportive workshop, the focus will be on revising poems to meet each workshop member’s criteria for excellence in myriad aspects, including clarity, image, sonic devices, figurative…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Martha Silano

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Start Date: 01/19/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Martha Silano

Martha Silano is the author of five poetry books, including Gravity Assist, Reckless Lovely, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, all from Saturnalia Books. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, American Poetry Review, and Paris Review, among others, and in four dozen print anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation and ​Best American Poetry 2009. She also co-authored, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. Martha received Yaddo's 2017 Martha Walsh Pulver Residency. She teaches at Bellevue College.

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Poetry II

Poetry II will add to your growing skill set in a supportive workshop environment. We’ll learn by closely reading and responding to mentor texts as well as each other’s poems, and practice the art of revision so that you can…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 01/19/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her poetry collection, Diagram of Parts, is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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Poeticize Your Life (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | This generative course is designed to help guide you to writing poetically from life. Struggling with making sense of the world? This class will help you to develop your voice (whether you wish to whisper or scream)…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Janée Baugher

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Start Date: 01/20/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Janée Baugher

Janée J. Baugher has taught creative writing for twenty years, and is a poetry submission reader for Boulevard. She’s the author of Coördinates of Yes, The Body’s Physics, and the forthcoming, The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020).

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Reading and Writing Cascadia

Intermediate | Do you have a connection to the Cascadia/Salish Sea bioregion? Do you live here, or love the area? The anthologies Keep a Green Bough: Voices from the Heart of Cascadia and For Love of Orcas bring heart, mind,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright's new book is Masquerade: a Memoir in Poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021). Her previous book from Lost Horse is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. She has nine earlier books and chapbooks of poetry; a ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations; five award-winning volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and a book of essays. Carolyne has served as Visiting Poet and professor of Creative Writing at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University and the University of Miami. She returned in 2005 to her native Seattle, where she teaches for Hugo House, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program (from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2016), and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant; and she returned to Brazil in 2018 on an Instituto Sacatar artists residency in Bahia. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; and a Fulbright U. S. Scholar Award granted in 2020 will take her back to Salvador, Bahia, after the CoVid-19 pandemic subsides in Brazil.

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Unpacking the Prose Poem

All Levels | A favorite of the French symbolists and contemporary poets alike, the prose poem is an enigmatic, hybrid creature that wields the techniques of poetry but foregoes its line breaks. The poet James Tate went as far as…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Maya C. Popa

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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Maya C. Popa

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of American Faith (Sarabande, 2019), which was a recipient of the North American Book Prize and a runner-up in the Kathryn A. Morton Prize judged by Ocean Vuong. She is also the author of two chapbooks, both from the Diagram Chapbook Series: You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave and The Bees Have Been Canceled, which was a PBS Summer Choice.

About American Faith, Deborah Landau says, “Maya Popa’s clear-eyed lyrics register with steady power a spectrum of 21st century violences. In poems that take on the devastating pressure of climate change, gun violence, and our threatened democracy, Popa uses her gift to grieve and in grieving forge song. Revelatory yet emphatically unsentimental, Popa’s unflinching distillations illuminate the facets of our broken world; there is much wisdom here, and grace, and heart.” And of her poetry Publishers Weekly reflects, “Child of immigrants, teacher, woman in a vulnerable body, the speakers of Popa’s poems seek to set the record straight, knowing how little anyone listens—to poetry, of course, but to other people in general. Popa’s questing and questioning lyric poems are kind company amid the uncertainty of the modern world.”

A selection of poems from her manuscript in progress received 2nd place in The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize judged by John Burnside and Gillian Clarke, and she was recently Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize.

Popa is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Oxford Poetry Society, the Hippocrates Society in London, and the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, among others. She is the Poetry Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly and teaches poetry at NYU. She is director of creative writing at the Nightingale-Bamford school where she oversees visiting writers, workshops, and readings.

She holds degrees from Oxford University, NYU, and Barnard College and is currently pursuing her PhD on the role of wonder in poetry at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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