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For more information on the schedule,  the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Information about Scholarships can be found on its own page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

For help finding writing classes, or if you’ve registered for an online class but haven’t received a Zoom link, contact our team or call us at 206.322.7030.

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.

Click here to learn more about our in-person COVID-19 policies for fall.

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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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Outmaneuvering Distraction

DATE UPDATE: This class will now run on 12/2 & 12/9. This has been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | Every writer must deal with distraction. Even Michel de Montaigne, who could retreat to his private turret to…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Bonnie J. Rough

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Start Date: 12/02/2021 - 10:00 am PST

Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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Narrative Storytelling Craft Discussion with Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Join Sonora Jha’s Narrative Storytelling class for an intimate one-night guest lecture with Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. Author of the much anticipated collection My Monticello, Jocelyn will discuss the craft of storytelling with Sonora and her students. Questions for Jocelyn may…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

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Start Date: 12/02/2021 - 5:00 pm PST

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson is the author of My Monticello, five stories and a novella all set in Virginia, forthcoming from Henry Holt on October 5th, 2021, and selected by National Book award winner Charles Yu as his most anticipated book for the year. Johnson has been a fellow at TinHouse, Hedgebrook and VCCA; her writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Guernica, The Guardian, Kweli, Joyland, Phoebe, Shenandoah, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. Her short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018, guest edited by Roxane Gay, who called it, "one hell of a story" and read live by LeVar Burton as part of PRI’s Selected Shorts series. A veteran public school art teacher, Johnson lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Comedic Memoir

All Levels | Refine what’s funny, specific, unique, and timely about your story in this one-session class. You’ll learn some overall principles of memoir writing, pitch and refine your memoir idea with the group, learn the publishing process of memoir,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Margot Leitman

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Start Date: 12/04/2021 - 10:00 am PST
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Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher. A former story scout for "This American Life," she is considered a leading expert in the growing field of storytelling. Leitman has written two books on the subject: the best-selling, Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need and her latest What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books. Her comedic memoir, Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.

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Beyond the Book

All Levels | In this class, we’ll look at a range of work that combines image and text: book art, broadsides, illustrated poems, even mind-maps (Renee Gladman, Cecilia Vicuña, Kurt Schwitters, Kenneth Patchen). You’ll experiment with different multigenre forms and…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Molly Schaeffer

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Start Date: 12/04/2021 - 1:10 pm PST

Molly Schaeffer

Molly Schaeffer’s writing has appeared in The Poetry Project Newsletter, Tagvverk, and the anthology Text Means Tissue. A founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal, she works in writing and visual art. She holds an MFA from Brown University.

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First Fight, Then Fiddle: Toward a Revolutionary Poetics

This class is being offered on a sliding scale. General price reflects the true cost of running this program. There are also pay-what-you-can options, and a Supporter option which helps us offer classes to all, regardless of ability to pay….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kaveh Akbar

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Start Date: 12/04/2021 - 10:00 am PST

Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, will be published by Graywolf in August 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out now with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2022, Penguin Classics will publish a new anthology edited by Kaveh: The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine

In 2020 Kaveh was named Poetry Editor of The Nation. The recipient of honors including multiple Pushcart Prizes, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, and the Levis Reading Prize, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. In 2014, Kaveh founded Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in American poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he wrote a weekly column for the Paris Review called "Poetry RX."

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Points of View as Points of Light

All Levels | Point of view presents many possibilities for vision and revision. In firsts and thirds and seconds, in closeness and omniscience, in singularity and plurality, point of view can be used to reimagine minds and hearts, to guide…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Tommy Orange

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Start Date: 12/05/2021 - 1:00 pm PST

Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multigenerational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There was one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

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Strange Fiction

All Levels | A man made famous for playing a vampire on TV is haunted by a real ghost; a contemporary boarding school feels stuck in the Victorian era; a city’s polluted river conceals a monster. The unusual is thriving…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Laura Lampton Scott

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Start Date: 12/05/2021 - 10:00 am PST
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Laura Lampton Scott

Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared publications including Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House online, and Notre Dame Review. She served as senior associate editor for the oral history Lavil: Life, Love and Death in Port-au-Prince. She’s a MacDowell Colony fellow.

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The Art of the Query Letter

Intermediate | Whether your goal is securing an agent for your book or querying small presses directly, a stand-out query letter is essential. You only have one shot so make it count with a concise, intriguing description of your book…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 12/07/2021 - 5:00 pm PST

Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt's essays have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, The Sun and elsewhere. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published in April 2018, and she is currently working on an autobiographical novel that takes place in Haiti. She teaches at workshops around the country.

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Comedic Storytelling Section II

All Levels | There’s an art to making painful, strange, or even mundane life experiences funny. Students will learn to dig inside their own lives to find humorous, relatable material that will unify an audience, making them laugh at their…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Margot Leitman

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Start Date: 12/11/2021 - 10:00 am PST

Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher. A former story scout for "This American Life," she is considered a leading expert in the growing field of storytelling. Leitman has written two books on the subject: the best-selling, Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need and her latest What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books. Her comedic memoir, Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.

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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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