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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

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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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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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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Writing the TV Pilot

Intermediate | In this course, we’ll discuss what makes an exciting and intriguing television pilot screenplay and critique each other’s work. The first three weeks of the class will be seminar and discussion of a range of pilots such as…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michael Shilling

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Start Date: 10/24/2018 – 7:10 PM

Michael Shilling

Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.

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Creating Tension in Prose

All Levels | Tension is one of the main driving forces of narrative—it’s the thing that keeps the reader turning the page, the addictive quality that makes people stay up past their bedtime to see what happens next. In this…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Becky Mandelbaum

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Start Date: 10/27/2018 – 10:00 AM

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum is the author of Bad Kansas (University of Georgia Press, 2017), which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and is a finalist for the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Washington’s Skagit Valley.

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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 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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Break it Down

This product has been updated from the print catalog. In his song “Anthem,” Leonard Cohen sings “There is a crack in everything/ That’s how the light gets in.” Bring a piece of writing that hasn’t quite succeeded in reaching its…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Lauren Groff

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Start Date: 11/09/2018 – 1:00 PM
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Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.

Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kirkus Award. It won the 2015 American Booksellers’ Association Indies’ Choice Award for Fiction, was a New York Times Notable book and Bestseller, Amazon.com’s #1 book of 2015, and on over two dozen best-of 2015 lists. It also received the 2016 American Bookseller Association’s Indies’ Choice Award for Adult Fiction and, in France, the Madame Figaro Grand Prix de l’Héroïne. Rights have been sold in thirty countries.

Her work has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Tin House, One Story, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and five editions of the Best American Short Stories.

In 2017, she was named by Granta Magazine as one of the Best of Young American Novelists of her generation.

She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband, two sons, and dog.

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After, Before, and Outside an MFA

This is a crash course on how to find time, money, and space to write after, before, and outside an MFA. How can writers find residencies and fellowships, and what are best practices for applying? How helpful are writing conferences?…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: R.O. Kwon

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Start Date: 11/10/2018 – 1:00 PM

R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.) in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she’s mostly lived in the United States.

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Architectural Stories

All Levels | Haunted houses, hovels, brutalist towers, impossible dream homes. In this generative workshop, we’ll use architecture as a launchpad for new writing, drawing from memory, history, and imagination. Texts by Jorge Louis Borges, John Updike, Shirley Jackson, and…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

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Start Date: 11/10/2018 – 10:00 AM

Anca Szilágyi

Anca L.Szilágyi's fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, Kirkus, and on the Ploughshares blog. She was awarded an inaugural Made at Hugo House fellowship, a 4Culture grant, and a 2015 Jack Straw fellowship. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the "fresh new faces in Seattle fiction." Her debut novel, Daughters of the Air, will be published by Lanternfish Press in December 2017.

Teaching philosophy: Compassion is at the heart of both good teaching and good writing. Having an open mind to students’ needs and desires is essential to helping them get inspired and stretch their minds and their art. Variety and flexibility, therefore, drive my approach to teaching writing. I am committed to bringing students a range of practical tools and creative stimuli.

Writers I return to: Anton Chekhov and Mavis Gallant, Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino, Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter

Favorite writing advice: "Whenever you're stuck in a piece of writing, think of what's most unholy. Then do that." -Heather McHugh

Past Student Feedback:
“I really enjoyed your class. It’s the most helpful one I’ve taken to date, and in large part because of the time you take for individual feedback. I also thought the story selection for readings was spot-on, and the exercises were fun and generative. I have a few new stories from those exercises that I’m excited to delve into further.”

“Anca is incredibly knowledgeable and kind in her critiques. I learned a lot just reviewing stories with her and the class. This has directly affected my own writing.”

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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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