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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.

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Fall Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): August 9
Member Registration: August 10
General Registration: August 17

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 August 9 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 August 9 through August 23:

  • $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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Writing the Vignette (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | Vignettes are fun and satisfying “blips” of writing, which are generally considered prose but tend toward poetry. They don’t necessarily “go” anywhere but, when artfully roped together, have created some astonishing longer works, including The House on…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeff Bender

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Start Date: 11/01/2021

Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy.

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Assembling the Manuscript

Advanced | What does it mean to move from writing good poems to weaving and assembling an entire book? How do poets listen to the specific calls of the muse toward disparate verses and keep an eye on the wider…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tess Taylor

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Start Date: 11/03/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor is a poet and the poetry critic for NPR’s All Things Considered and a columnist for CNN. Her most recent book is Rift Zone (Red Hen Press, 2020), which the Los Angeles Times called “brilliant.” In his
introduction to the collection, Ilya Kaminsky describes Taylor’s voice as “invaluable” and she is a “poet for our moment.” Her other books include Work & Days (Red
Hen Press, 2016), named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by The New York Times; The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013), a finalist
for the Believer Poetry Award which The San Francisco Chronicle called “stunning,” and the chapbook The
Misremembered World, which was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry
Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. In February 2020, Last West, an exciting book length commission from the Museum of
Modern Art, was published in conjunction with the MOMA show, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures. ” Her work explores California and the
American West, her life as a critic, and the intersection of poetry and journalism.

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Ghosts and Apparitions: Writing About What Haunts Us

All Levels | The ghost story is among the oldest and most ubiquitous literary narratives, crossing nearly every culture and genre. But what is a ghost story, really? We’ll look at excerpted material from some of the classics ( James,…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Allison Ellis

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Start Date: 11/03/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Allison Ellis

Allison Ellis’ writing has been published in The New York Times, The Ploughshares blog, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Amazon Original Stories, SELF, Marie Claire, Redbook, and The Washington Post.

In 2016, her essay, “Hold On” won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in the short nonfiction category, and her forthcoming memoir, Ready About is the 2021 recipient of the First Pages Prize/Sandra Carpenter Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

She holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars (2021) and a BA from Smith College in American Studies. Read more of her work at allisonellis.com

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Braiding Sweetgrass and the Self

All Levels | Interwoven with themes from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, this generative class will encourage writers to delve into their relationship with identity, the body, nature, biology, ancestors, community, and the living world. Each week, students will come…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank

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Start Date: 11/03/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Gabriela Denise Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank's work has appeared in galleries, storefronts, libraries, anthologies, magazines, podcasts and online. Her essays and short fiction have been published in True Story, Hunger Mountain, Bayou, Baltimore Review, Crab Creek Review and The Rumpus. Her writing and literary art installations are supported by 4Culture, Jack Straw, Artist Trust, Mineral School, Vermont Studio Center and the Civita Institute.

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Somewhere in Time

All Levels | In this course, prose writers will learn tools to effectively navigate shifts within time and place — forward, backward, or between scenes. With readings, discussion, in-class writing prompts, brief workshops focused exclusively on issues of transitions, and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 11/04/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

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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Exits: Writing Endings

CLASS UPDATE: This class will now take place on 11/6. This has been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | The poet Rachel McKibbens says, “Poems don’t end, they just stop.” The best endings leave us reeling, the tops…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 11/06/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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Writing Critical Essays & Reviews

All Levels | As the saying goes, everyone’s a critic. Or are they? Students interested in criticism — literary, music, cultural — will explore the art of critical writing by exploring the work of others and producing their own work….

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kevin O'Rourke

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Start Date: 11/06/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Kevin O'Rourke

Kevin O’Rourke lives in Philadelphia, where he works in publishing and writes about science. His first book, the essay collection As If Seen at an Angle, was published by Tinderbox Editions; he is currently working on several follow-up projects, including a book about surviving suicide.

Other writing has appeared in the LA Review of Books, Kenyon Review, and Think Global Health, among others. Learn more at kforourke.com.

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Comedic Storytelling

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: 11/07/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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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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Fiction Forms

All Levels | Fiction writers have not made as much intentional use of form — or we don’t know we’re doing it, don’t want other people to know we are doing it, or think that being in conversation with others…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Tiphanie Yanique

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Start Date: 11/07/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is that rare writer who has received critical acclaim and awards in three literary genres: poetry, the novel, and short stories. She is also an outspoken activist on behalf of the Caribbean Diaspora, having appeared on Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman, and published a passionate op-ed in The New York Times on the US response to hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Her second novel, Monster in the Middle, will be published by Riverhead Books in October 2021. Her poetry collection, Wife (Peepal Tree Press UK, 2015), won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Her debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books, 2014), won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, among other honors. Her debut collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, (Graywolf Press, 2010) was a 2010 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She has additionally been awarded the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, and other outlets.

She is currently an associate professor in the English Department at Wesleyan University, where she is also Director of the Creative Writing Program. Raised in the Virgin Islands, Yanique lives in New Rochelle, New York with her family.

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Fiction I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Whether you’re looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce key elements of fiction: character, plot, voice, setting, and point of view. Through a combination of published examples, writing prompts, and feedback from both classmates and the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 11/08/2021
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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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Autopoiesis: A Poetry Workshop for Transracial Adoptees

All Levels | In this generative poetry workshop exclusively for transracial adoptees, we’ll explore taking ownership of our stories. Questions around belonging, familial history, and erasure are built into the adoptee experience. We will consider these questions through craft exercises…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Leah Silvieus & Tiana Nobile

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Start Date: 11/09/2021 - 6:00 pm PST
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Leah Silvieus & Tiana Nobile

Leah Silvieus was born in South Korea and adopted to the U.S. at three-months old. She grew up in small towns in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and western Colorado. She is the author of Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press), Season of Dares (Bull City Press), Arabilis (Sundress Publications) and co-editor with Lee Herrick of the poetry anthology, The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books). She is a recipient of awards and fellowships from Kundiman, The Academy of American Poets, and Fulbright and serves as a mentor on The Brooklyn Poets Bridge. A 2019-2020 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow, Leah serves as a senior books editor at Hyphen magazine and an associate editor at Marginalia Review of Books. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in the Harvard Review Online, The Believer, and elsewhere.

She holds a BA from Whitworth University, an MFA from the University of Miami, and is currently an MAR candidate in Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to Yale, she spent several years traveling between New York and Florida as a yacht chief stewardess.

Tiana Nobile is a Korean American adoptee, Kundiman fellow, and recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. A finalist of the National Poetry Series and Kundiman Poetry Prize, she is the author of CLEAVE (Hub City Press, 2021). Her writing has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The New Republic, Guernica, Southern Cultures, and the Texas Review, among others. Tiana received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, MAT in Elementary and Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Poetry I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Designed for any poet ready to take their poetry understanding to a new level, Poetry I will introduce or reintroduce you to poems from many different eras—we’ll read Walt Whitman, Robert Hayden, Natasha Trethewey, and Joy Harjo, among many others—while…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 11/10/2021

Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her poetry collection, Diagram of Parts, is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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Poetry I

Designed for any poet ready to take their poetry understanding to a new level, Poetry I will introduce or reintroduce you to poems from many different eras—we’ll read Walt Whitman, Robert Hayden, Natasha Trethewey, and Joy Harjo, among many others—while…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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

Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her poetry collection, Diagram of Parts, is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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Poetry Forms

All Levels | Audre Lorde said, “Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.” The prospect of crafting thoughtful, meaningful reflection on life can be daunting on a good day and is…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lydia K. Valentine

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Start Date: 11/11/2021 - 6:00 pm PST

Lydia K. Valentine

Lydia K. Valentine is a playwright and poet, director and dramaturg, editor and educator. Her proudest accomplishment, though, is being a mom to two creative, intelligent, and caring individuals and activists. In her own writing and the projects to which she contributes through Lyderary Ink, Lydia seeks to amplify the voices of those who are often stifled, ignored, and marginalized in what has been the accepted narrative of the United States.

Lydia’s first poetry collection, Brief Black Candles, was published in November 2020 by Not a Pipe Publishing. Poems from the collection were recently showcased in the Eugene Contemporary Art exhibit, A Critical Conversation: Art, Race, Privilege, and Place (on view January 14 – March 21, 2021). Her writing has also appeared in online and print publications such as Speak, The Pitkin Review, and Shout! An Anthology of Resistance Poetry and Short Fiction. The upcoming anthology from Blue Cactus Press, We Need a Reckoning, takes its name from one of Lydia’s three poems that will be included. She has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions with the most recent being named the 2021-2021 City of Tacoma Poet Laureate. She was the 2017 poetry fellow serving Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas in San Pedro Sula, Honduras; recipient of the 2017 Goddard College Engaged Artist Award; and recipient of the 2021 Unsettling Dramaturgy Award.

Lydia is the resident dramaturg for empathos company and Toy Boat Theatre, and she maintains ongoing partnerships with The Mahogany Project, Pork Filled Productions, and We Out Here. She adapted and co-directed Ibsen’s A Doll’s House for Tacoma Little Theatre’s 100th Season and will be directing The Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge in 2022. She has been invited by various organizations (including the African-American Writers’ Alliance, Blue Cactus Press, Central Washington University, Creative Colloquy, the Hiatt Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat, and Write253) to speak and run workshops on topics such as equity and classroom management, social justice in the classroom, intersectionality and identity, poetry, and playwriting.

Lydia is a faculty member of Northwest Indian College and Seattle Girls’ School. She is also a highly sought after sensitivity/authenticity reader, developmental editor, and copyeditor and has worked on publications such as the social justice and literary arts magazine Speak, books such as Rough House by Tina Ontiversos, and various projects for companies such as Agate Publishing, Forest Avenue Press, McGraw Hill, and Pearson.

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Lyric Archiving

All Levels | Learn about lyric archiving! This generative class will feature a series of writing experiments, including mapping, dreamwork, drawing, and collage work. Writers from all genres are encouraged to attend.

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ross Gay

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

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.

Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, "River." He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University.

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