Events Calendar

Listen, learn, and engage with us

Whether it’s a reading, discussion, craft talk, or interview, find these events and more featuring renowned authors, emerging writers, and talented new and local voices.

Background Events

Kids Write-In

Kids Write-In is a free, weekly virtual writing circle for elementary school-aged youth to write independently or with the help of an adult. Each session students have the opportunity to practice creative writing and share with each other.

Write Time for Teens

Write Time is a free weekly drop-in writing circle for teens ages 13-19. Improve your craft, learn new techniques, and share you work with other writers at Write Time!

Stage Fright

Stage Fright is an open mic event hosted by the Young Writers Cohort that gives young writers the opportunity to share poetry, fiction, journals, songs, plays, and more! Open to young writers at any stage of their creative journey.

Works in Progress (Virtual)

Works in Progress is an open mic for all writers. Read your work—poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs, plays, music, comedy, and more—and connect with your literary community.

Kids Write-In

Kids Write-In is a free, weekly virtual writing circle for elementary school-aged youth to write independently or with the help of an adult. Each session students have the opportunity to practice creative writing and share with each other.

Write Time for Teens

Write Time is a free weekly drop-in writing circle for teens ages 13-19. Improve your craft, learn new techniques, and share you work with other writers at Write Time!

Word Works | Katie Kitamura: Finding First Person

In this Word Works craft talk, Katie Kitamura will look at first person examples from some of her favorite writers, as well as her own work, to examine the opportunities and risks of the first person voice. She will be joined in conversation by Lucy Tan.

Kids Write-In

Kids Write-In is a free, weekly virtual writing circle for elementary school-aged youth to write independently or with the help of an adult. Each session students have the opportunity to practice creative writing and share with each other.

Write Time for Teens

Write Time is a free weekly drop-in writing circle for teens ages 13-19. Improve your craft, learn new techniques, and share you work with other writers at Write Time!

Write with Hugo House with Leigh Sugar

Write with Hugo House (in partnership with the Seattle Public Library) is a free drop-in writing circle for all ages and genres of writing. In this session, we’ll focus on generative writing through poetry prompts.

Write with Hugo House with Alma García

Write with Hugo House (in partnership with the Seattle Public Library) is a free drop-in writing circle for all ages and genres. In this group, writers are provided prompts for sustained silent writing time followed by small group sessions to share.

Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents: Local Voices

Local Voices features SAL’s Writers in the Schools resident writers. These locally acclaimed storytellers come together to read from their own works-in-progress, and inspire the same craft and performance skills they teach in the classroom.

Word Works | Mark Doty: Raising the Stakes

In this Word Works craft talk, Mark Doty will read and discuss a small group of poems that engage with their subjects artfully, and offer a portrait of the perceiver as well as what’s perceived. He will be joined in conversation by Joshua Wilkinson.

Word Works | Bethany C. Morrow: The Importance of Thinking About Writing

In this Word Works craft talk, Bethany C. Morrow will discuss how integral a stage of her writing process thinking about writing has been, and why she thinks it can combat (the possible misnomer) "writer's block." She will be joined in conversation by Nisi Shawl.

Word Works | Jonathan Escoffery: Earning Your Readers’ Attention

In this Word Works craft talk, Jonathan Escoffery will provide strategies for engaging readers, and discuss examples from the works of well-loved authors, as well as his own stories. He will be joined in conversation by Juan Carlos Reyes.