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Browse Fall & Winter Writing Classes!

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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.

Click here to learn more about our in-person COVID-19 policies for fall.

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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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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 away…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank

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Start Date: 01/20/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

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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Fiction II

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I. We’ll briefly review the basics of character, conflict, and plot, then focus on craft elements including point of view, setting, scene, pacing, and dialogue. Students will read published stories weekly,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Alma García

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Start Date: 01/20/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Alma García

Alma García's short fiction has been published as award-winning in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and is forthcoming in Enizagam and in the anthology Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador).

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Creative Nonfiction II

This class will build on craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I with a focus on structure and form. We will investigate both traditional and nontraditional forms, including memoir, the lyric essay, and the hermit crab essay, as well as the…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sasha LaPointe

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Start Date: 01/20/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Sasha LaPointe

Sasha LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Lushootseed language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. With strange obsessions revolving around Twin Peaks, the Seattle music scene, and Coast Salish Salmon Ceremonies, Sasha explores her own truth of indigenous identity in the Coast Salish territory. Sasha holds a double MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in creative nonfiction and poetry.

Her memoir Red Paint is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press.

Her collection of poetry, Rose Quartz will be published by Milkweed.

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Show and Tell

All Levels | Though many of us have heard the advice “show, don’t tell,” this workshop will embrace the practice of showing and telling. We will find answers to questions such as when you should rely on just-the-facts-ma’am narrative and…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 01/20/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

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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Queering the Personal Essay

All Levels | Queer people rarely have the privilege of getting to tell our own stories, and when we do, we are often pressured to put the aesthetic preferences of straight readers first. Not here. In this generative nonfiction workshop,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Edgar Gomez

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Start Date: 01/20/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

Edgar Gomez

Edgar Gomez is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of California, Riverside’s MFA program, he is a recipient of the 2019 Marcia McQuern Award for nonfiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in This American Life, POPSUGAR, Narratively, Longreads, Catapult, Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Lamda Literary, and elsewhere online and in print. His first book, a memoir titled High-Risk Homosexual, is forthcoming in January 2022 with Soft Skull Press. He currently lives in New York, where he is saving up for good lotion. For more, visit EdgarGomez.net.

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Review Your Own Novel Like a Developmental Editor (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Intermediate | How clearly can you see your own work? In this series, you’ll learn how a professional developmental editor evaluates the “big picture” effectiveness of a novel—including plot, characterization, setting, pacing, and craft/style—and work through questions and exercises each…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Jusino

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Start Date: 01/20/2022

Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s the author of the memoir Walking to the End of the World (Mountaineers Books, 2018) and The Author’s Guide to Marketing (Sharper Words Press, 2014).

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Reading and Writing Cascadia

Intermediate | Do you have a connection to the Cascadia/Salish Sea bioregion? Do you live here, or love the area? The anthologies Keep a Green Bough: Voices from the Heart of Cascadia and For Love of Orcas bring heart, mind,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyne Wright

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright's new book is Masquerade: a Memoir in Poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021). Her previous book from Lost Horse is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. She has nine earlier books and chapbooks of poetry; a ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations; five award-winning volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and a book of essays. Carolyne has served as Visiting Poet and professor of Creative Writing at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University and the University of Miami. She returned in 2005 to her native Seattle, where she teaches for Hugo House, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program (from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2016), and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant; and she returned to Brazil in 2018 on an Instituto Sacatar artists residency in Bahia. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; and a Fulbright U. S. Scholar Award granted in 2020 will take her back to Salvador, Bahia, after the CoVid-19 pandemic subsides in Brazil.

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Unpacking the Prose Poem

All Levels | A favorite of the French symbolists and contemporary poets alike, the prose poem is an enigmatic, hybrid creature that wields the techniques of poetry but foregoes its line breaks. The poet James Tate went as far as…

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

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 10:00 am PST
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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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I Versus Not-I: Writing alongside Samuel Beckett and Anastacia Reneé

Intermediate | In this class we’ll write alongside two writers who, in very different but equally striking and funny ways, call into question what we know about ourselves and our past. We’ll compare Beckett’s disembodied mouth-monologue, “Not I,” to Anastacia…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Deborah Woodard

Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.

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Our Stories to Tell: A Memoir Writing Workshop

All Levels | This class is for students who wish to write—or are already writing—a memoir. Students will read memoirs by established writers such as The Woman Warrior, as well as selections from the teacher’s own work, Mostly True. Students…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Bacho

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Peter Bacho

Peter Bacho is the author of six books: Cebu, Dark Blue Suit, Boxing in Black and White, Nelson’s Run, Entrys, and Leaving Yesler. His books have received several awards, including the 1992 American Book Award. He is an adjunct professor at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Bacho was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Seattle’s Central District.

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Your Novel Graphic Novel

Introductory | Novelists paint a picture with their words. Graphic novelists paint their words alongside a picture. Combining art and prose is a powerful storytelling tool that makes your work more accessible, but the writing process can be more technical…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Crystal Frasier

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Start Date: 01/22/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Crystal Frasier

Crystal Frasier is a writer, editor, and game designer with over 20 years' professional experience. A Seattle local and the author of games and short stories, she is also the writer behind the graphic novels Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms, Gamma Flight, and Spiral of Bones. In her off time, she enjoys gardening, walking her dogs, and building models of teahouses and giant robots.

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Ulysses: Reading and Interpreting a Masterwork and its Orbiters

Intermediate | Ulysses was partially serialized and then published fully in 1922. Promptly, it was banned. The book is composed of three parts and eighteen episodes, and is widely considered a masterpiece, yet also deemed inaccessible by many readers. In…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Stacy Selby

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

Stacy Selby

Stacy Selby is a graduate of the MFA program in fiction at Syracuse University. Their work has been published in the New Ohio Review, Boulevard, and Bellevue Literary Review, amongst others. They have a book forthcoming from Grove Atlantic.

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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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Write Your Story: Writing to Heal

Introductory | Tap into the healing power of personal narrative and write the emotionally charged story you need to tell. You’ll learn how to identify, structure, and bring your story to life through eight powerful narrative writing assignments that culminate…

Course Type: 5 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 01/24/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an NYT-bestselling author, writing coach, ghostwriter and speaker who is passionate about leveraging personal storytelling to foster healing, awareness, empathy and change. Her memoirs include Hippie Boy, A Girl's Story and Focus. Visit ingridricks.com.

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