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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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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): November 29
Member Registration: November 30
General Registration: December 7

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 November 29 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 November 30 through December 13:

  • $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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Analytical Creativity: Organizational Strategies for Writers

Advanced | This four-part course looks at practical strategies for organizing major writing projects including backwards mapping, design strategies, research organization, publication planning, and self-care. Writers of advanced and intermediate levels can expect to discuss and experiment with strategies designed…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Da'

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Start Date: 01/23/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Laura Da'

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. Her newest book is Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

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Reading & Writing the SAL Poetry Series

All Levels | Join Seattle Arts & Lectures Executive Director and Poetry Series host Rebecca Hoogs for a generative writing class inspired by this year’s Poetry Series. In this class you will read and discuss a poem or two by…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rebecca Hoogs

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Start Date: 01/23/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Rebecca Hoogs

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage and a chapbook, Grenade. She is the Associate Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures and occasionally teaches in the summer Creative Writing in Rome program for the UW.

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Un(strict) Forms

All Levels | Open to beginners and seasoned formalists alike, this three-hour craft class and workshop will consider poetic forms—among them sonnets, villanelles, and haiku—as well as formalist impulses in structure and rhyme scheme with an eye (and ear) for…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Maya C. Popa

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Start Date: 01/30/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Maya C. Popa

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of American Faith (Sarabande, 2019), which was a recipient of the North American Book Prize and a runner-up in the Kathryn A. Morton Prize judged by Ocean Vuong. She is also the author of two chapbooks, both from the Diagram Chapbook Series: You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave and The Bees Have Been Canceled, which was a PBS Summer Choice.

About American Faith, Deborah Landau says, “Maya Popa’s clear-eyed lyrics register with steady power a spectrum of 21st century violences. In poems that take on the devastating pressure of climate change, gun violence, and our threatened democracy, Popa uses her gift to grieve and in grieving forge song. Revelatory yet emphatically unsentimental, Popa’s unflinching distillations illuminate the facets of our broken world; there is much wisdom here, and grace, and heart.” And of her poetry Publishers Weekly reflects, “Child of immigrants, teacher, woman in a vulnerable body, the speakers of Popa’s poems seek to set the record straight, knowing how little anyone listens—to poetry, of course, but to other people in general. Popa’s questing and questioning lyric poems are kind company amid the uncertainty of the modern world.”

A selection of poems from her manuscript in progress received 2nd place in The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize judged by John Burnside and Gillian Clarke, and she was recently Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize.

Popa is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Oxford Poetry Society, the Hippocrates Society in London, and the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, among others. She is the Poetry Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly and teaches poetry at NYU. She is director of creative writing at the Nightingale-Bamford school where she oversees visiting writers, workshops, and readings.

She holds degrees from Oxford University, NYU, and Barnard College and is currently pursuing her PhD on the role of wonder in poetry at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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For Poetry: A Workshop

Advanced | Designed for those with workshop experience, this class will create a supportive, constructively critical workshop aimed to help students make their poetry the best it can be. To inspire generative prompts, we’ll read Reginald Shepherd, Marilyn Chin, and…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 02/01/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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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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Find Your Feet: The Metrical Foot in Poetry

All Levels | “Meter has been called the heartbeat of poetry,” Paul Kiparsky wrote. “But like language itself, and music and dance, it pulsates more intricately than anything in the biological or physical world.” Controlling meter allows you to build…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rena Priest

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Start Date: 02/05/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Rena Priest

Rena Priest is a Poet and an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She has been appointed to serve as Washington State's Poet Laureate for the term of April 2021-2023. She is the recipient of a Vadon Foundation Fellowship (2020), and an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award (2020). Her debut collection, Patriarchy Blues was published by MoonPath Press and received an American Book Award. Her second collection, Sublime Subliminal is available from Floating Bridge Press. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more at renapriest.com

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Writing The Fairytale Poem

All Levels | In this workshop, we will read and discuss works from contemporary poets that are inspired by characters, objects, and/or other components of fairytales and cultural myths to explore and reveal political, social, and/or personal truths. Students will…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Leonora Simonovis

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Start Date: 02/06/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Leonora Simonovis

Leonora Simonovis is a Venezuelan born poet, educator, and scholar who currently lives in San Diego, CA, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. She holds a Ph.D in Hispanic literatures from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Currently, she is a Professor of Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture at the University of San Diego (USD), where she also teaches Creative Writing in Spanish. Her experiences as a former competitive swimmer, an Aikidoka, and a trained yoga and meditation instructor, have led her to create a unique pedagogical approach that informs much of her writing. She believes that
nothing happens in isolation, everything is connected, especially when writing with others.

Her poetry manuscript Study of the Raft was selected by final judge Sherwin Bitsui as the winner of the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry and will be published by The Center for Literary Publishing in November 2021. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The American Journal of Poetry, Tinderbox poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Inverted Syntax, Arkansas International, Gargoyle, and Diode Poetry Journal, among others.

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Dear Friend: Writing Letters, Writing Poems

All Levels | Using “Envelopes of Air” poems/letters between Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón as a starting point, we will explore how writing letters and writing poems have been intertwined for hundreds of years. This friendly, informal writing workshop is…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jory Mickelson

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Start Date: 02/09/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Jory Mickelson

Jory Mickelson is a queer, nonbinary writer and educator who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Their first book, WILDERNESS//KINGDOM, is the inaugural winner of the Evergreen Award Tour from Floating Bridge Press and winner of the 2020 High Plains Book Award in Poetry.

Their publications include Court Green, Painted Bride Quarterly, Jubilat, Sixth Finch, The Rumpus and other journals in the United States, Canada, and the UK. They are the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and have received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Winter Tangerine, Centrum Writers Conference, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

They hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho and are an alumnus of Western Washington University in Bellingham. You can find out more about them and their work at www.jorymickelson.com

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Poetry I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Whether a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the basics of the workshop model. We will look to image, metaphor, sound,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 02/10/2022

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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Literary Translation for Poets

All Levels | This one-day workshop introduces the process and ethics of literary translation, offering firsthand experience with multiple approaches to the translation of a poem. Students will go home with four new poems—two differing translations of a poem provided…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Andrea Lingenfelter

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Start Date: 02/13/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Andrea Lingenfelter

Andrea Lingenfelter is the award-winning translator of The Changing Room: Selected Poetry of Zhai Yongming, Hon Lai Chu's The Kite Family, Wang Yin’s Ghosts City Sea, Li Pik-wah’s Farewell My Concubine, and Mian Mian’s Candy and Vanishing Act.

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Modern Sonnets

All Levels | In this class students will study modern sonnets by poets writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. Each week we will study a new sonneteer, discuss their take on the sonnet, and take a stab at writing…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Constance Hansen

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Start Date: 02/16/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Constance Hansen

Constance Hansen is the Assistant Managing Editor at Poetry Northwest. Her poetry has recently appeared in Harvard Review Online, EcoTheo Review, and Moist Poetry Journal. She lives in Seattle, where she writes about climate for the weather service, Currently. You may learn more at www.constancehansen.com.

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Metaphor in Theory and Practice (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | To craft powerful metaphors, writers need a deep understanding of how metaphors work. In this co-taught course, we’ll discuss metaphor theory. We’ll ask: How does the body give rise to metaphor? Is metaphor conceptual or ornamental? Are…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

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Start Date: 02/19/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Kascha Semonovitch and Roger Gilman

Kascha Semonovitch’s poems and essays have appeared in journals including Quarterly West, The Bellingham Review, Zyzzyva, The Kenyon Review and others, and in the chapbook Genesis by Dancing Girl Press. She has a PhD in philosophy from Boston College, an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. She has fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation, and her creative nonfiction was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Kascha has edited two collections of philosophical essays on early twentieth century European thought, and published academic essays, mostly recently Attention and Expression in Simone Weil. She has taught philosophy at Boston College, Seattle University, and Hugo House in Seattle. She runs an art gallery in Seattle.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe that we learn by reading – whether the work of our classmates, contemporary authors or canonical works. The work of a teacher lies in asking –and re-asking –questions that motivate us to pay attention to these texts. In class, we think together by articulating our interpretations. When we reach a conflict of interpretation – “Oh, I thought Robert Hass was talking about beauty” or “I thought Descartes meant his elbow”– then we inquire into the reasons for the conflict. After such careful reading, we are ready to re-read our own writing. We are better at paying attention to what is happening in syntax and semantics.

As a faculty member at Seattle University for over seven years, I taught the history of philosophy, critical thinking, and ethics. Philosophers pay attention to the history and internal consistency of systems and concepts. This type of paying attention is also invaluable to writers. For example, we might ask whether poet thought through the connections between the terms in a text and the deep history of texts that precede it? Does a fictional or poetic world hold together consistently? I love learning by reading with students.

Roger Gilman has a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Chicago. He taught interdisciplinary courses in the Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University in Chicago. He held positions as department Chair and Dean of the College. He is a former poetry editor of the Chicago Review and has published poems in various magazines, among them Poetry Northwest. He is a winner of the Boynton Prize in poetry and of a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship. His research concerns theories of metaphoric meaning-making and the role of metaphors in artworks and scientific explanations.

Teaching Philosophy: Good teaching, in my view, requires listening well. I design classes around a question or puzzle. And I start each class session with a question. The question may be one I’ve elicited from the students or one that I think helps unfold the issues presented by the overall course plan. I think all of us are naturally and intensely curious about the world and ourselves. And especially about all the dimensions of our craft that helps define us and gives meaning to our lives. When a student makes a comment and adds to our conversation, I follow up their line of thinking and feeling with questions that I hope help them unfold their own ideas and induces them to compare them with the ideas others have expressed in class. My classes usually deploy a mixture of mini-lectures and group discussion, the use of well-targeted texts and liberal use of the white board. I usually provide short texts of theoretical work and a generous supply of poems to analyze, and hope that these texts inform each other.

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The Witch’s Poem: Spell-Craft as Muse & Mentor

All Levels | The collective unconscious seeks you as a conduit. In this class, we transmute the abstract into art by allowing erasures to rise from texts, examine how both tarot and poetry guide us with archetypes, and learn how…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Borges Foster & Callie Little

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Start Date: 02/23/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

Jennifer Borges Foster & Callie Little

Jennifer Borges Foster is a poet, bookmaker and artist. Her poems been published in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, Failbetter, and other journals, and her visual art has been shown in local and international galleries. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including grants from 4Culture, and the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and was twice short-listed for The Stranger’s Genius Award in literature.

Callie Little is a multi-disciplined artist from Portland, living in Seattle. As a journalist, she's written for the likes of Cosmopolitan, Architectural Digest, Teen Vogue, VICE, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more fine publications. She served as editor for Lola Pickett’s Wild Messengers tarot guidebook, and has worked as a relationship & intimacy coach for the better part of a decade. She co-hosts The Pocket Coven: Where Magic Meets Mental Health, a podcast which she began with Amber Lenore, LMFT, in September 2021. Callie’s tarot artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest, and she has been featured on the podcasts What The Hell Is Up and NPR’s Life Kit. You can find her on social media at @goshcallie, or her website, www.callielittle.com.

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The Persona Poem – Writing Behind a Mask

Intermediate | Persona poetry offers contemporary writers opportunities for imagination, empathy, and surprise. Writing under an assumed “mask,” the writer may undermine expectations, gain insights into her own process, and connect with her readers in a new way. On the…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Veronica Golos

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Start Date: 02/26/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Veronica Golos

Veronica Golos is author of four poetry books: A Bell Buried Deep (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize); Vocabulary of Silence (New Mexico Poetry Prize); Rootwork and GIRL (Naji Naaman Honor Prize for Poetry.) Her work has been extensively translated into Arabic; also Persian and Italian. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.

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You Yourself Are the Beloved: Writing with South Asian Sufis [Shankar Narayan]

All Levels | Sufi poetry and music make a magical space in which lover and beloved engage in an eternal dance, yearning towards union with the divine. While Rumi is likely the best known Sufi poet in the West, South…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Shankar Narayan

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Start Date: 02/26/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.

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Ordering and Submitting Poems

Intermediate | What happens when you look beyond individual poems to the conversation among them? Bring ten pages of poems. We’ll discuss and practice techniques for ordering manuscripts for submission to journals, contests, and publishers. We’ll look at what the…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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Start Date: 02/27/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

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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