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Online Class | Poetry II

This class will build upon the basics of poetic craft. Through more intensive readings, prompts, discussions, and workshops, we will further develop our poetic technique. While Poetry I is aimed at introducing you to the vast creative toolbox available to…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 01/13/2020
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Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, the Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Peñaloza has been teaching since 2005.

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Speculative Fiction Workshop

All Levels | Bring your space opera, your urban fantasy, your gothic horror, your portal to another dimension. This workshop is open to anyone working under the umbrella of speculative fiction. Students should come prepared to turn in at least…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ruth Joffre

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Start Date: 01/13/2020 – 7:10 PM
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Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (forthcoming Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. She lives in Seattle.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe every piece of literature is an emotional education. A story like Mavis Gallant's "The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street," for instance, requires us not only to understand the inner workings of its characters' psyches but to become the kind of people who are capable of feeling as they feel and thinking as they think. In this way, we learn to feel sympathy for the socially awkward, love for the romantically jilted, and sorrow for the painfully ambitious. When we can't expand our minds this way, our writing and our reading suffers.

Writers I return to: Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Mavis Gallant, W. G. Sebald, Elizabeth Strout, Maggie Nelson, Anita Brookner, Penelope Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Richard Yates, Elizabeth McCracken, and James Baldwin, to name a few.

Favorite writing advice: Hands down, this piece of advice from Benjamin Percy: "Keep hammering."

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The Fearless Pen

All Levels | For many writers, there is nothing as anxiety-inducing as the blank page;this class is designed to help fearful writers find the courage needed to begin, or finish, a project. We will look at writers who admit to…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 01/14/2020 – 10:00 am
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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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Nailing Your Own Middle-Grade Voice

All Levels | This idea-generative course will focus on mining each participant’s life for unique story elements. We’ll focus on crafting these concepts in the most effective way possible, discussing character arc, story structure, scene, theme, and voice. We’ll look…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sarah Allen

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Start Date: 01/15/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen is the author of the middle grade novel What Stars are Made of (FSG/Macmillan, 2019). She received an MFA in creative writing from Brigham Young University and is represented by Brianne Johnson at Writers House.

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Plot or Not

All Levels | Is it a juicy plot that keeps pages turning, or something else? We’ll read stories and craft essays that examine the nature of plot, tension, pacing, and structure, then complete generative exercises and collaborative writing projects for…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Atkinson

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Start Date: 01/15/2020 – 7:10 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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Flash Fiction Workshop

All Levels | Students of all abilities and experience are welcome to take this class, which is designed to produce a body of flash fiction work that can serve as a cache of journal submissions, as well as the basis…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joe Ponepinto

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Start Date: 01/16/2020 – 5:00 PM
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Joe Ponepinto

Joe Ponepinto is the publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal, and teaches fiction writing at Tacoma Community College. His novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. His stories and criticism have been published in dozens of journals in the U.S. and abroad.

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TV Pilots and Feature Films: Intensive Workshop

It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing TV or film — a successful script includes many of the same ingredients. On the first day of this intense immersion workshop, you’ll learn how to create the critical elements needed in the development…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tawnya Bhattacharya

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Start Date: 01/18/2020 – 10:00 am
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Tawnya Bhattacharya

Tawnya Bhattacharya is the Founder & CEO of Script Anatomy and currently the Co-Executive Producer of Ginny & Georgia (Netflix).

As a guest instructor, Bhattacharya has brought the Script Anatomy method to the Disney | ABC Writing Program, the Producer's Guild (PGA) Power of Diversity Workshop, the Austin Film Festival, the Willamette Writers Conference, ISA (the International Screenwriters Association), Stage 32 and the TV Writers Fund. Prior to Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia, she and her writing partner Ali Laventhol have written on A Million Little Things (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA). They are former NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, and were semi-finalists for the ABC Disney Fellowship. Bhattacharya was also a FOX Writer’s Intensive fellow where her semi-autobiographical pilot was optioned.
Bhattacharya, an alumnus of Cornish College of the Arts Conservatory, studied acting and playwriting, and interned with playwright, Marie Irene Fornes and New City Theater in Seattle. She has performed in Seattle, Chicago, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and LA.

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Ordering Poems for Submission and Publishing

All Levels | Bring ten pages of your poems. We’ll discuss and practice techniques for ordering manuscripts for submission to journals, contests, and chapbook/book publishing. We’ll look at what the arc of a series or book can tell us about…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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Start Date: 01/18/2020 – 10:00 am
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Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals including Plume, Zyzzyva, and Kenyon Review and anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She holds a BA in contemporary American literature from Yale University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, where she was a Javits Fellow. Lisa lives in Portland, OR, where she reads, writes, edits, parents, and cohosts the literary reading series Lilla Lit. (lisagluskinstonestreet.com)

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Generating Short Forms: Lydia Davis and the American Prose Poem

All Levels | In this class, we’ll focus on Lydia Davis, known for the extreme brevity of her narratives, in relationship to the American prose poem tradition. Participants may respond to assignments with prose poems, “regular” poems, aphorisms, postcard messages,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 01/18/2020 – 1:00 pm
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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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The Romance of Travel Writing

Introductory / Intermediate | Travel writing sounds too good to be true. You head off to France, Hawaii, or the Swiss Alps, take some notes, shoot some photos and then write articles that sell for enough to pay for the…

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

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Start Date: 01/18/2020 – 1:00 PM
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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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Womxn of Color Writing Innovative Nonfiction

All Levels | This class is for womxn of color who want to read and learn from contemporary womxn writers of color, such as Terese Marie Mailhot, Khadijah Queen, Seo-Young Chu, and more. Each week we’ll read and discuss 2-3…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 01/19/2020 – 1:00 pm
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Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a multiracial Chinese American writer, teacher, editor, and coach. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Longreads, The New England Review, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, Vela Magazine, and Literary Mama, and her manuscript, Heart Radical, was selected by Cheryl Strayed as 1st runner-up in Kore Press’s 2018 memoir contest. Anne has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, 4Culture, and Jack Straw.

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The Poems Only You Can Write: Identifying What Sets You Apart

All Levels | This one-session workshop will give you a chance to view your writing in the context of your own personal aesthetic(s) and obsessions. We’ll practice multiple ways of using these factors to inspire new directions, generate new work,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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Start Date: 01/19/2020 – 10:00 am
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Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals including Plume, Zyzzyva, and Kenyon Review and anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She holds a BA in contemporary American literature from Yale University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, where she was a Javits Fellow. Lisa lives in Portland, OR, where she reads, writes, edits, parents, and cohosts the literary reading series Lilla Lit. (lisagluskinstonestreet.com)

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Finish Your Manuscript — Really!

Intermediate/Advanced | Sometimes it takes a stealth combo of craft tactics and psychological warfare to overcome the enemies of creativity: resistance, self-doubt, and procrastination. This class is designed for people who have at least 100 pages written of a novel…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 01/19/2020 – 10:00 am
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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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Commit to Submit

Intermediate/Advanced | This is an intensive session for intermediate and advanced writers (with 3-10 final drafts of poems) to create and flesh out a submission schedule for their developed work. We will explore advantages and disadvantages of reading fees, simultaneous…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Amber Flame

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Start Date: 01/19/2020 – 1:00 PM
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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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Poetry II

We will broaden our poetic horizons through reading and writing, and we’ll discover our own personal writing goals, be that mastering a craft skill or publishing a poem in a literary magazine. We will also read each other’s work with…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Keetje Kuipers

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Start Date: 01/21/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Keetje Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was selected by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), which was a book club selection for The Rumpus, and All Its Charms (2019), which includes poems honored by publication in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje’s poetry and prose have appeared in Narrative, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, Orion, The Believer, and over a hundred other magazines. Her poems have also been featured as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series and read on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac. Keetje has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the recipient of fellowships from numerous residencies including PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. She currently serves as Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest.

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