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Spring Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): March 2
Member Registration: March 3
General Registration: March 10


Early Bird Pricing March 2 through March 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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Online Class | Anatomy of the Sentence

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this four-week class, you’ll find, read, examine, diagram, imitate, and draft great sentences. We’ll start small by identifying sentence parts and practicing varied constructions, then go big,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Atkinson

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Tara Atkinson

Tara Atkinson is the author of two books– Bedtime Stories (alice blue books) and Boyfriends (Instant Future). Her work has appeared in Hobart, City Arts Magazine, Fanzine, HTML Giant, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She co-founded the independent literature festival, APRIL, and served as Managing Director from 2011 to 2016. She holds a BA in English from The University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

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Online Class | Finding Inspiration in Other Forms

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | From Robert Frost to Natasha Trethewey, writers have used non-textbased art forms to inspire them for generations. This generative workshop will explore ekphrastic poetry — responding to visual…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 04/11/2020 – 1:10 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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Online Class | Power and Presence: A Revision Intensive

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Introductory / Intermediate | Have you been working on a short piece and having trouble finding ‘the center’? Have a stash of fragments that need to hang together? Spend some time…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jordan Alam

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Start Date: 04/17/2020 – 10:00 am

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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Online Class | Brevity SECTION II

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). A Second section of Brevity will take place on April 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. All Levels | A sustained argument for the excitement and urgency of literary…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: David Shields

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Start Date: 04/18/2020 – 2:00 pm

David Shields

David Shields is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life; Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of the year by more than thirty publications); The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead; Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Award); and Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno).

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Online Class | Brevity SECTION I

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). A Second section of Brevity will take place on April 18, 2020 from 2 – 5 p.m. All Levels | A sustained argument for the excitement and urgency of literary brevity…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: David Shields

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Start Date: 04/18/2020 – 10:00 am
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David Shields

David Shields is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life; Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of the year by more than thirty publications); The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead; Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Award); and Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno).

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Online Class | Bringing People to Life on the Page

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Cleopatra. Captain Ahab. Holden Caulfield. Jay Gatsby. Fanny Price. Louie Zamperini. Strong characters drive a story, whether in fiction or nonfiction. How do writers conjure such vivid portraits…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Nicholas O'Connell

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Start Date: 04/19/2020 – 1:10 pm

Nicholas O'Connell

Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program, www.thewritersworkshop.net.

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Online Class | Breaking the Narrative Mold

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). NOTE from Mary: I’ve taught this course online before and been amazed at the level of participation and depth of communication from students… So please join us. All Levels | Learn…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Mary Potter

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Start Date: 04/23/2020 – 7:10 pm

Mary Potter

Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.

Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.

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Online Class | Writing About Friendship

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Friendships aren’t always taken as seriously in our culture as romantic or familial bonds, but they can be every bit as meaningful, dynamic, and complicated. In this class,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 04/23/2020 – 7:10 pm

Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Online Class | Language as Sound, Narrative as Score

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | This generative cross-genre workshop will consider the use of sound in narration. Participants will listen to the spoken word of Warsan Shire, perform close readings of Theresa Hak…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sarah Townsend

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Start Date: 04/25/2020 – 1:10 pm

Sarah Townsend

Sarah Townsend is the author of Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). Her essays have appeared in The Writer in the World and Pitkin Review, and a coauthored paper with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl serves as a chapter in Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women’s Lives. Sarah received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, and in the Chicago Review of Books. You can learn more about her at SarahTownsendWriter.com.

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Online Class | Making the Most of Your Revisions

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Revision is part of writing. But what do you revise? When? How? And is it possible to revise too much? It’s common for writers to agonize over the…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Corbin Lewars

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Start Date: 04/26/2020 – 1:10 pm

Corbin Lewars

Corbin Lewars is the author of Divorce as Opportunity: Stories and Support For Your Transition and the Washington State Book Award and PNBA nominee Creating a Life. She has freelanced as a developmental editor and writing coach for fifteen years.

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Online Class | Mystery and Necessity

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). In Diving Into the Wreck Adrienne Rich writes: “I came to explore the wreck./The words are purposes./The words are maps./I came to see the damage that was done/and the treasures that…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Victoria Redel

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Start Date: 04/29/2020 – 10:00 am

Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel is the author of five books
of fiction and three books of poetry, most
recently the novel Before Everything (Penguin,
2017). Redel has received fellowships
from the Guggenheim Foundation and the
NEA, and is on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence
College.

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Online Class | Dynamic Dialogue: The Art of Subtext

VIDEO & TIME CHANGE: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). The time of class has been updated from the print catalog. The class now takes place from 12 – 4 pm. Introductory / Intermediate | Do you want…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 05/02/2020 – 12:00 pm

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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Online Class | Experiment with Narrative Forms

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). Intermediate | Breathe new life into your storytelling by experimenting with form. In this seminar, we’ll explore examples of narratives that use letters, recipes, dictionary entries, emails, and more to produce…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Elise Hooper

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Start Date: 05/02/2020 – 1:10 pm

Elise Hooper

Elise Hooper is the author of three novels including The Other Alcott, Learning to See, and Fast Girls (coming July 2020). She has an MA in Teaching and has taught literature, history, and writing to teenagers and adults throughout the Puget Sound.

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Online Class | Writing Monologues

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | Whether in a play or in a novel, monologues allow for a direct peek into a character’s head. Often uncensored and unfiltered, and without the social dynamics of…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ana Pastor

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Start Date: 05/05/2020 – 7:10 pm

Ana Pastor

A native of Barcelona, Ana Pastor studied European Theater, Playwriting and Literature. She wrote and directed "El Oyente" (2006), and a free adaptation of a Jean-Paul Sartre play (2010). Her short story "La noche del elefante" received the 2011 Fungible award. She is a translator and a Spanish language teacher, and writing fiction is her passion.

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You are not the Boss of Me! Body Politics and Writing From the Body

VIDEO: This class will take place online via video-conferencing (Zoom). All Levels | In this class we will write about our bodies, to our bodies, from our bodies, in defense of our bodies, for our bodies, and in honor of…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 05/06/2020 – 7:10 pm

Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the 2017-2019 Seattle Civic Poet and the 2015-2017 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Black Ocean) 26 (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School, and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk; the anthologies Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.

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