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Creative Nonfiction III

This class has been updated from the print catalog. Online | This class will build on craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I & II with a special focus on structure and form. The class is appropriate for those familiar with creative…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gail Folkins

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Start Date: 04/15/2019

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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Day Job to Dream Job: Writing for a Living

Introductory / Intermediate | Discover how to implement strategies for a nonfiction writing career. Using in-class exercises and assignments, we’ll study markets, come up with ideas, learn how to interview, write to specifications, and generate lots of business. Assignments will…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lora Shinn

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Start Date: 04/16/2019 – 5:00 PM

Lora Shinn

Professional freelance journalist Lora Shinn has worked as an editor at Alaska Airlines Beyond, and writes for a wide variety of publications, including The Seattle Times, AFAR, Sunset, Redbook, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Poets & Writers.

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Here & There, Then & Now: Time Travel and Alternate Realities In Fiction

All Levels | From the known to the speculative, from the sublime to the outlandish, we will investigate the mechanics of great sci-fi and fantasy writing. Along the way we will discuss work from Octavia E. Butler, Mark Twain, Vandana…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: BJ Neblett

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Start Date: 04/16/2019 – 5:00 PM

BJ Neblett

BJ Neblett is a self-confessed product of the TV generation. BJ began his writing career in earnest with Elysian Dreams, a contemporary romantic fantasy adventure. Ice Cream Camelot is a Historical Memoir about growing up during the Kennedy administration. BJ has written for the JKF Memorial Library as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Blog. He is a regular contributor of short stories to several publications including eFiction, Romance, and Paradox Ethereal Magazines. BJ’s next releases will be Planet Alt-Sete- Nine, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy; a fiction anthology, and a compilation of his romance shorts. Read more of his work and contact him at bjneblett.blogspot.com

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Suspenseful Writing

Introductory | Why are some books impossible to put down? It’s simple: “When an important outcome is unknown, people can hardly think of anything else.” It’s that yearning to turn the pages in order to find out what happens next….

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 04/17/2019 – 5:00 PM

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of eight books, most recently Meadow Slasher (Black Ocean 2017). He teaches in the MFA program at University of Arizona in Tucson.

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The Words To Say It: Writing & Reading Poems on Illness,Trauma & Healing

All Levels | By focusing on the craft of writing, we can transform personal experience into art. Readings will include Rafael Campo, Nick Flynn, Gregory Orr, Jane Kenyon, Lucia Perillo, Susan Sontag, Lucille Clifton, Anatole Broyard, and Kevin Young, among…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Suzanne Edison

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Start Date: 04/17/2019 – 5:00 PM

Suzanne Edison

Suzanne Edison, MA, MFA is a poet, educator and former therapist. She has led workshops for parents and medical professionals on the effects of chronic illness on families at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), NIH, and at national conferences for the Cure JM Foundation. She created a writing group for parents of kids with chronic illness at SCH, and the workshop “Teens Writing from the Heart of Illness & Healing” at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her recent chapbook, The Body Lives Its Undoing, was published in 2018 by The Benaroya Research Institute. It is an exploration in poetry and visual art about autoimmune diseases based on interviews with researchers, doctors, patients and caregivers.

Suzanne is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust, 4Culture of King County, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and will be a Hedgebrook fellow in Fall of 2019.

Some of Suzanne’s work can be found in her first chapbook, The Moth Eaten World, and in the following journals and anthologies: Michigan Quarterly Review; Naugatuck River Review; JAMA; CMAJ; The Healing Art of Writing, Vol. I; The Examined Life Journal; Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening. Her work can be read online in various other journals and on her website. www.seedison.com

Writers I Return To: Louise Gluck, Wislawa Szymborska, Rachel Zucker, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell

Favorite Writing Advice: Read, write, read, write

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The Art of the Sentence, the Art of the Paragraph

All Levels | Great writers vary the structure of their sentences, using particular forms to intensify meaning and deepen emotion. This hands-on course in developing virtuoso skills in sentencing and paragraphing is designed for writers interested in revising several short…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Priscilla Long

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Start Date: 04/17/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Priscilla Long

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author (poetry, science, creative nonfictions, fiction) and teacher of writing. New books: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press) and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press). Her book of poems is Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Her other books are The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (2010) and Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry (1989). Her science column, Science Frictions, appeared for 92 weeks on the website of The American Scholar (2011-2013). Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions. Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. For more information please visit www.PriscillaLong.com.

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Poetry III

The purpose of the workshop is to build on Poetry I and II by developing your writing skills and your perspectives on poetry. We will workshop student poems, based on assignments that cover a wide range of techniques and themes….

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Evelynn Yuen

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Start Date: 04/17/2019 – 7:10 PM

Evelynn Yuen

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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The Anatomy of a Sentence

All Levels | We will find, read, examine, diagram, imitate, and draft great sentences. We’ll start small, identifying sentence parts and practicing varied constructions, then go big, combining sentences to produce vibrant paragraphs. Sentence-specific workshops will use close reading to…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Atkinson

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Start Date: 04/18/2019 – 7:10 PM

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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Creative Nonfiction I

This class will help you decide the best way to tell the nonfiction story you want to tell. We will figure out the topic of our pieces, and how to most effectively explore those topics through points of view, scene,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 04/18/2019 – 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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Creative Nonfiction III

Together we will explore a range of essay/memoir forms, with an emphasis on the lyrical, fragmented, and braided. We will ask: What topics have you been avoiding, and how can experimentation help you access your most essential material? We will…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 04/18/2019 – 7:10 PM

Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor has received support from Hedgebrook, 4Culture, and Jack Straw, and taught creative nonfiction since 2006. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Waking Up American (Seal Press) and the Los Angeles Review.

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Fiction III

Online | This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I and II. Students can expect advanced readings, regular workshops, and feedback from their classmates and instructor. This course takes place online through our partners at Wet Ink, and…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 04/18/2019

Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford’s novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer in residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA program.

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The Finances of Self-Publishing Online

Online | Intermediate | Self-publishing is easier than ever—but it isn’t cheap. When you become your own publisher, you take on all the costs associated with publication: hiring editors and designers, getting industry reviews, planning book launches and book tours….

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Dieker

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Start Date: 04/18/2019

Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker teaches writing, freelancing, and publishing classes (including Hugo House online classes) and works one-on-one with authors as a developmental editor and copyeditor. She's been a full-time freelance writer since 2012, and spent five years as a writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Nicole's debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 1: 1989–2000, published in May 2017; The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2: 2004–2016 followed in May 2018. The two books are a Millennial-era Little Women that follow three sisters from childhood to adulthood.

“I took Nicole’s freelancing class. By the end of the class, I had submitted my first pitch, had it accepted and the article published. She guided us through the process of building a freelance career, with concrete steps to get started, ongoing resources for growth and answers to wide-ranging questions. She taught one of the most informative classes I’ve taken and she did it while providing individualized information for each member of the class.” — Beth Swanson, freelance writer and journalist

Visit NicoleDieker.com to learn more, or to read Nicole's daily blog posts about the art and the finances of a creative career.

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Fiction III

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I and II. Students can expect advanced readings, regular workshops, and feedback from their classmates and instructor. We’ll look at each other’s drafts with an eye to properly balance the elements…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Cara Diaconoff

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Start Date: 04/18/2019 – 5:00 PM

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Cara Diaconoff

Cara Diaconoff is the author of Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories (Lewis-Clark Press) and a novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You (Outpost19 e-books). She teaches writing and literature at Bellevue College.

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Translating Poetry

All Levels | Writing poetry is itself a kind of translation—your observations are transformed into words and music. Nothing illuminates that process like reading multiple English translations of the same poem. Every difference between them makes the translator’s hand visible:…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sharon Bryan

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Start Date: 04/18/2019 – 7:10 PM

Sharon Bryan

Sharon Bryan received her BA in Philosophy and an MA in Anthropology before she began to write poetry, and then received her MFA from the University of Iowa.

She has published four books of poems: Sharp Stars, Flying Blind, Objects of Affection, and Salt Air, which won The Governor’s Award from the State of Washington. She received the Isabella Gardner Award for Sharp Stars. Her other awards include two NEA Fellowships in Poetry, an Academy of American Poet’s Prize, the Discovery Award from The Nation, an Artist Trust Grant from the Washington State Arts Council, a Senior Fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a grant from the Utah Arts Council for the film collaboration Eureka, and a Fellowship in Poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission, among others. She was Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire.

She is also the editor of two collections: Where We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Tradition, and, with William Olsen, Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life.

She taught at the University of Washington for seven years and at Memphis State University for six. Since then she has taught as a visiting poet in almost twenty writing programs around the country, including Dartmouth, the University of Houston, Western Michigan, Kalamazoo College, Ohio University, Wichita State, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, San Diego State, and Fresno State. She has also been on the faculty of low-residency MFA Programs at Pacific Lutheran Universitiy, Warren Wilson, Pacific University, and Fairfield University.

She is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Introduction to Creative Writing

Introductory | If you’ve never taken a creative writing class but are curious about the basics, this course is for you. Through reading, discussion, and exercises, we will investigate multiple genres—fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—and students will leave with a…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 04/18/2019 – 7:10 PM

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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