Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: November 6, 2022
  • End Date: December 11, 2022
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 3:10pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Writing to the Moon & Back

"The moon making a poem possible… what can we say about that?" – Mary Ruefle

Looking toward our moon (and other moons) anew, this generative class, open to all genres, features eclectic writing experiments inspired by scientific, esoteric, and mythological ideas, to jump-start our creativity and playfully upend clichés. Readings include: Neruda, Ruefle, Cheng, Lorca. Most prompts will begin in class, plus moon observation homework, culminating in a final portfolio of lunar-infused drafts and optional one-on-one conferences at the end.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson


Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include the forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and the chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more information go to: