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$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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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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Witness & Transformation On the Road

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

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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The Theater of the Absurd

Intermediate | Have you ever wanted to read weird books, see enormous costumes, laugh one minute and cry the next? We’ll study a literary movement called the Theater of the Absurd. We’ll ask questions like “What does it mean for…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Evelynn

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Start Date: 01/23/2019 – 7:10 PM

Evelynn

Eve Yuen received her MFA in poetry from Cornell University, where she also taught for three years. Her interests are in book length poems, philosophy of language, and the history of the avant-garde. She is at work on a book about light and a book about trans poetics. Her poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, and other publications. She lives and writes in Seattle.

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Writing for Procrastinators

All Levels | If you consider yourself a writer, proclaim to love writing, but find a million things to do before you “let” yourself write, then this course is for you. We will explore why we avoid writing, hone techniques…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 01/23/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Beth Slattery

Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.

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Don’t Kill Your Darlings Yet: The Bold Art of Revision

All Levels | How do you know when your story or essay is finished? Revision is at once deeply personal, but can be supported by trusted readers. “Rewriting is painful,” Baldwin said. Can revision also be a clarifying and creative…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Madeline ffitch

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Start Date: 01/24/2019 – 7:10 PM

Madeline ffitch

Madeline ffitch is the author of the story collection, Valparaiso, Round the Horn. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, Granta, and Vice. Her novel, Stay and Fight, will be out from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in July.

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Starting to Write

Introductory | Where to begin? Fiction or nonfiction? Blog or short story? Humor or serious commentary? You’ll learn how sensory description can put the spark and emotion into your work, that the decision to write means making space, that writers…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Gloria Kempton

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Start Date: 01/26/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Gloria Kempton

Gloria Kempton is an author, writing coach and former magazine and book editor. She is the author of eleven books, including Write Great Fiction: Dialogue and The Outlaw’s Journey; A Mythological Approach to Storytelling for Writers Behind Bars. She’s a former contributing editor to Writer’s Digest magazine and an instructor with their online writing courses: writersonlineworkshops.com. She also teaches online at writers.com and to incarcerated writers at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA.

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Writing Philosophy

All Levels | This class will introduce writers to basic but brilliant metaphysical concepts in philosophy. It will focus on the works of Baruch Spinoza, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alfred North Whitehead, Hannah Arendt, Isabelle Stengers, and Gilles Deleuze. The texts examined…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Charles Tonderai Mudede

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Start Date: 01/28/2019 – 7:10 PM

Charles Tonderai 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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Generating Short Forms

All Levels | We’ll explore a variety of short forms, inspired by a recent anthology called, appropriately, Short. Participants may respond to weekly writing prompts with prose poems, “regular” poems, aphorisms, postcard messages, scripts, playlets, essays, or flash fiction. As…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 02/02/2019 – 10:00 AM
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Deborah Woodard

Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.

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Publish or Perish Online

All Levels | We will open up the latest in our folders of stories, essays, poems for constructive feedback. We’ll workshop two works (and pitches for each) per student and discuss the ways to best approach agents—literary, talent, and public…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amee Bhavsar

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Start Date: 02/02/2019 – 1:00 PM

Amee Bhavsar

With roots in the great state of Iowa, Amee is a global traveler and bookworm, disciple of dance and lover of secret gardens. She currently directs the Washington Lawyers for the Arts, with prior positions in government, non-profit, corporate, media and entertainment organizations, focusing on public relations, project management, and bridging partnerships. A dreamer and doer, she is affectionately known as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Curious George, with strong passion for gender equity and female empowerment, youth education and food justice. Amee is also an avid writer and freelance photographer, specializing in the arts, literature, food culture, recipes, and the overall social zeitgest. Amee holds a B.A. in English Honors from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Media Studies and M.S. in Media Management from The New School in New York City.

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Writing Scenes

Intermediate | A cornerstone of literary writing, scenes dramatize a moment and bring it to life for readers. This course will share some tools for effective scene-setting, from sensory detail and imagery to character, dialogue, and plot. Through reading samples…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Gail Folkins

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Start Date: 02/03/2019 – 1:00 PM

Gail Folkins

Gail Folkins often writes about her deep roots in the American West. She is the author of two creative nonfiction books from Texas Tech University Press: a Pacific Northwest memoir titled Light in the Trees (2016), and Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (2007), which was a popular culture finalist in ForeWord Review’s 2007 Book of the Year Awards. Folkins’ essay “A Palouse Horse” was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2010. Her essays and poetry have appeared in publications such as River Teeth Journal - Beautiful Things, North Dakota Quarterly, Wisconsin Life, Texas Highways, and Wildflower Magazine. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, St. Edward’s University (Austin), and Austin Community College.

Teaching philosophy: My goal is to further understanding of craft while also encouraging expression of students’ unique voices. Students have praised my workshop format and student-centered approach. Students learn to not only share a narrative, but to also explore their experiences and discoveries. I encourage students to read as writers, meaning focusing on elements of craft in addition to literary themes.

Writers I return to: Edward Abbey, Julia Alvarez, Margaret Atwood, Kim Barnes, Rick Bass, Dennis Covington, Louise Erdrich, Ernest Hemingway, Pico Iyer, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Favorite writing advice: Find the extraordinary in the everyday.

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Writing What Matters

All Levels | Shirley Jackson award winner, Chavisa Woods (Things To Do When You’re Goth in the Country), will engage students in a writing exercise guaranteed to strengthen the impact of narrative, in-scene writing, and get students who may be…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Chavisa Woods

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Start Date: 02/03/2019 – 13:00:00

Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is the author of three works of full-length, literary fiction: Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction collection, 225 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House) May, 2017; The Albino Album (novel, 600 pages) Seven Stories Press, March, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (short fiction collection, 200 pages) second edition release from Autonomedia/Umbearables, 2013, original publication by Fly by Night Press 2009.

Woods was the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award, The Kathy Acker Award in Writing, the Cobalt Fiction Prize, and the Jerome Foundation Award for Emerging Writers. She was also a three time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Her work has received praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Lambda Literary Review, The Riverfront Times, Pop Matters, and others.

Her fiction, poetry and essays have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has presented lectures and conducted workshops on fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

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Craft Intensive: Generating New Work

Poet and prose writer Frances McCue will discuss where poems and stories begin, using the model of Richard Hugo’s Triggering Town, and offer some ideas to generate new work. She will discuss how to build a community of writers around…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Frances McCue

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Start Date: 02/05/2019 – 18:00:00

Frances McCue

Frances McCue is a senior lecturer in the English department at the University of Washington and a public scholar and arts instigator. She is a poet and prose writer who has has spent her career connecting academic inquiries with community life. From 1996–2006, she was the founding director of Hugo House in Seattle. She has published five books, including a book of essays about poet Richard Hugo and another about the photographer Mary Randlett. Her new book of poems, Timber Curtain, is an exploration of lost places in our fast-developing city and arose from work on Where the House Was, a documentary film that began in collaboration with her UW undergraduates. She was the 2013 Teacher of Distinction in the Undergraduate Honors Program and in 2018, she won the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.

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Show & Tell

All Levels | Though many of us have heard the advice “show, don’t tell,” this workshop will embrace the practice of showing and telling. We will find answers to questions such as when you should rely on just the facts…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 02/06/2019 – 10:00 AM

Beth Slattery

Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.

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Seasonal Affective: Generative Workshop

All Levels | Brighten your writing palette and vivify your heart. Together we’ll harness all the ways the seasons affect us to write through the dark and back into light again using science, memory, experiment, and seasonally affected texts (such…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 02/09/2019 – 1:00 PM
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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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