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Risk and Magic

All Levels | Emily Dickinson said, “When I feel as though the top of my head has been taken off, I know that is poetry.” Whether what you want is a wild leap, a breakage in form, or vulnerable content,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 07/01/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman is a queer Jewish author, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Yiddish Book Center, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, and more. She is a BOAAT Writers Fellow and the recipient of the Ken Warfel Fellowship for Poetry in Community. Sara’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Adriot, BOAAT, The Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, and the anthologies The Dead Animal Handbook and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea. Sara received her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she taught poetry and rhetoric, and currently teaches with Writers-in-the-Schools and other community arts organizations. She lives in Seattle with her partner and her cat Latke.

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Body of Work: Writing Illness and Disability

We will explore the most intimate of relationships: that of a person to their own body. Working in the shadow of great writers from Virginia Woolf to Ada Limón, you’ll learn how to express what can feel inexpressible. We’ll also…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kate Horowitz

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Start Date: 07/02/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Kate Horowitz

Kate Horowitz (she/her) is a poet, essayist, and science writer based in Washington, DC. Her work on illness and disability has appeared in Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Luna Luna, Monstering, rose quartz, and many others. She has an M.A. in science-medical writing from Johns Hopkins University and studied poetry with Robert Pinsky. She was Yes, Poetry’s Poet of the Month in July 2018. Visit her online at thingswrittendown.com.

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The Fearless Pen

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

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 07/02/2019 – 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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Advanced Poetry Workshop

Advanced | The aim of this poetry workshop will be to help the students, regardless of age or previous experience, work toward writing the best poems they can write. The instructor will offer examples from poetry of the past and…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: David Wagoner

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Start Date: 07/07/2019 – 10:00 AM
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David Wagoner

David Wagoner has published 17 books of poems and 10 novels. He is professor emeritus at the University of Washington and was writer-in-residence (2005-2008) at Hugo House.

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Online Class: Mastering the Scene

All Levels | We will dive into how scenes work and what they accomplish. Through writing exercises and readings by published writers, we’ll explore how scenes develop characters, seed tension, establish place and time, facilitate flashbacks, soften research, and build…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer

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Start Date: 07/08/2019
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Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer's debut book, Lightning Flowers, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in early 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Works-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Her writing won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction, appears in The Best American Essays 2016, and was selected as Notable in Best American Essays 2017. She writes about the body, consent, and medical technology from Tucson, where she earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona in 2014. Her writing appears in the anthologies Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays and How We Speak To One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, as well as many literary journals, including The New England Review, The Normal School, The Iowa Review, Fourth Genre,
and the Colorado Review. She is a Fall 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, New York, which supports deeply reported nonfiction about the most pressing issues of our day, and a Fall 2018 resident at Jentel Arts in Banner, Wyoming. She was previously a Fall 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes, California, which supports writers working at the intersection of nature, human economy, and equity. She teaches creative writing and medical humanities at the University of Arizona. As a creative arts entrepreneur, she teaches community-level writing classes that help people write about sexuality, illness, and trauma, using a unique embodied pedagogy that considers the craft challenges, physiological hurdles and social barriers to telling stories of the body. A Certified Sexologist, she has provided sexuality education to more than 8,000 people and draws on more than 30 hours of trauma sensitivity training. She is Nonfiction Faculty at Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA program. www.katherinestandefer.com

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(More) Philosophy for Writers

All Levels | We will cover the language of limit subjects (metaphysics, being, death, God, humanness) from Gottfried Leibniz, William James, Donna Haraway, Kodwo Eshun, and Slavoj Zizek, as well as the films of Astra Taylor, a philosopher and director….

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Charles Tonderai Mudede

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Start Date: 07/08/2019 – 7:10 PM
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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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Writing Trauma

All Levels | Many of us write what haunts us—in order to heal, discover, exorcise, make meaning of, celebrate survival, and/or reach for connection. In a highly supportive environment we’ll explore access points to writing trauma, self-care for the process,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Hardy

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Start Date: 07/08/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Tara Hardy

Tara Hardy is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle. She's taught creative writing for fourteen years, and she's served as the Hugo House writer-in-residence. Her first full length book of poems, Bring Down the Chandeliers, was published by Write Bloody Press in the spring, 2011.

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Journalism I: The First Rough Draft of History

All Levels | A course for those who are interested in journalism in the 21st century. Topics will include opportunities with traditional media as well as podcasts, blogs, and websites; how to decide on a topic; how to find a…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rebecca Morris

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Start Date: 07/08/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Rebecca Morris

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Morris is also a veteran journalist who worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington and was a free-lance writer for The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications before she began writing true crime books.

Her first book, Ted and Ann, continues to be an e-book bestseller on Amazon (and is also available in paperback), and her e-book, Bad Apples – Inside the Teacher/Student Sex Scandal Epidemic, is the only book to look at the trend of female teachers having sex with underage students.

She is the author of A Murder in My Hometown (2018), A Killing in Amish Country - Sex Betrayal and a Cold-Blooded Murder (St. Martin's, 2016) and If I Can't Have You - Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance and the Murder of Her Children (St. Martin's 2014) with bestselling author Gregg Olsen. They are also the authors of the Notorious USA series, including The Boy Who Fired the First Shot, The Girl and the Horrors of Howard Ave., and The Stranger and the World’s Bravest Little Girl.

Rebecca attended Oregon State University, received a B.A. in Journalism from Seattle University, and has an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. She speaks about her work at libraries, schools, and writers’ conferences. She has taught writing, journalism, and playwriting at colleges and universities across the country. She lives in Seattle.

She appears frequently on television as a crime expert.

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Generating Associative Verse

All Levels | How can we, as poets, access our subconscious minds—the land of dream where all that bizarre stuff surfaces? Through reading Edith Södergran, John Ashbery, Franz Wright, and other poets whose work jumps and leaps, we’ll explore the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Judith Skillman

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Start Date: 07/09/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Judith Skillman

Judith Skillman‘s new book is Kafka’s Shadow (Deerbrook Editions). Her poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Shenandoah, Tampa Review, FIELD, Poetry, and elsewhere. Awards include an Eric Mathieu King Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. She is the author of a ‘how to’: Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry. Skillman has done collaborative translations from French, Portuguese, and Macedonian. Visit judithskillman.com.

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Poetry and Publishing

Introductory/Intermediate | Students will generate 4-6 new poems, participate in workshop, and submit work to a literary journal for publication. We’ll read and write in response to a wide array of contemporary poets, becoming familiar along the way with the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 07/09/2019 – 10:00 AM
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Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker was a 2015 Jack Straw Writer and has published poems in Cimarron Review, Narrative, Pleiades, and Web Conjunctions. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and teaches for Writers in the Schools.

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Influence as Inspiration

All Levels | Nothing breeds writing anxiety like comparing ourselves to others, especially to writers we admire. But what if we look at our influences not as impossible standards but as wellsprings of inspiration? This course will combine close readings…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 07/09/2019 – 7:10 PM
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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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Feminist Flash

All Levels | Feminist flash is political, brazen, and above all highly crafted. We will spend the first session of this course studying published examples of feminist flash from prominent literary magazines. Students will then write their own feminist flash…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ruth Joffre

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Start Date: 07/09/2019 – 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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Witness and Transformation on the Road: Literary Travel

All Levels | In this course, 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…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 07/09/2019 – 7:10 PM
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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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Joan Didion’s Creative Nonfiction

All Levels | We will read the best of Joan Didion’s personal essays and talk about the ways in which they changed literature forever. By centering a woman’s perspective in the major events of her day, and by combining the…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

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Start Date: 07/09/2019 – 7:10 PM
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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is the editor of the print edition of The Stranger, where he’s worked since 2003. He edited a feature story that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He is the co-author of How to Be a Person, with Dan Savage and Lindy West. He is also the inventor and host of the silent-reading party, which happens monthly at the Sorrento Hotel and has been replicated in cities around the world. Find him on Twitter @thefrizzelle.

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Online Class: From History to Story: Writing Your Life

Introductory/Intermediate | You’ve got a life story to tell, but how can you turn “history” into a “story?” What should you include? And what should you leave out? Moreover, how can you make your memories interesting to a reader? This…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 07/09/2019
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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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