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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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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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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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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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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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Food Writing 101 (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | Food writing can be notoriously difficult to break into. After all, everyone eats and everyone has opinions! In this course, we will workshop a draft and hone timely angles to pitch the right editor. We will also…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sabra Boyd

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

Sabra Boyd

Sabra is a freelance writer, public speaker, former healthcare administrator, and “retired” child actor. Her personal essays and journalism have been featured in the Washington Post, Vice, Psychology Today, HuffPost, Eater, Seattle Times, and more. Sabra writes about food, beauty, healthcare, homelessness, exploitation, and tech. Having grown up all over the west coast, writing about place as character is central to much of her work. Sabra strives to be a writer’s writer, dedicated to helping others build their own successful writing careers.

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Gabriel García Márquez (EN ESPAÑOL)

Este curso se enfoca en Gabriel García Márquez, uno de los mejores escritores del siglo XX. Basados en sus trabajos, nos centraremos en cómo encontrar una historia, la elección del momento adecuado para comenzar, cómo aprovechar el punto de vista,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Margarita Borrero

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Start Date: 02/03/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Margarita Borrero

Doctora en literatura europea, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain

Margarita Borrero es novelista, premiada y publicada en España, y escritora de relatos, género en el que ha ganado media docena de primeros lugares en distintos certámenes en España, Estados Unidos y Canadá. Durante más de una década se ha desempeñado como docente de Escuela de escritores, una de las instituciones privadas de escritura creativa más grandes del mundo hispanohablante, miembro de la Asociación Europea de programas de escritura creativa. También ha trabajado como profesora asociada en Mount Saint Mary University, en Los Ángeles.

PhD European Literature, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain

Margarita Borrero is an award-winning novelist from Colombia. She has received numerous short story awards in Spain, Canada and the United States. She teaches at Madrid’s Escuela de Escritores, one of the top private creative writing institutions of the Hispanic world and a member of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs. She has also worked as an associate professor at Mount Saint Mary University in Los Angeles.

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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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Workshop for Weirdos (IN-PERSON)

Intermediate | Are your stories a little out of place in a typical workshop? This class focuses on those weird stories—the ones that are bizarre and uncanny and just don’t quite fit anywhere else. Each week we’ll discuss aspects of…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carolyn Abram

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Start Date: 02/14/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Carolyn Abram

Carolyn Abram is a Seattle based writer. Her work tends to focus on the intersection of technology and everyday life. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications, including the New California Writing Anthology and The Offbeat. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Lilith. She is the author of eight editions of Facebook for Dummies. She holds degrees from Stanford and California College of the Arts.

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Creative Nonfiction I

This class will help you decide the best way to tell the nonfiction story you want to tell. We will discover the true topic of our pieces, and how to most effectively explore those topics through points of view, scene,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 02/15/2022 - 10:00 am 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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Writing About Past Travels

Intermediate | “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves. And we travel, next, to find ourselves,” writes Pico Iyer. Let’s take that second journey: visit your inward passages by writing a travel essay about past travels. Pack your memories, memorabilia, journal…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Monika Sengul-Jones

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Start Date: 02/15/2022 - 5:00 pm PST

Monika Sengul-Jones

Monika Sengul-Jones (she/her), PhD, is an independent writer and scholar based in Seattle, WA, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. She has a doctorate in Communication and Science & Technology Studies and an MA in Gender Studies. She has taught at University of Washington, UC San Diego, and Central European University; she was the inaugural co-managing editor of Catalyst, a feminist technoscience journal. Her research and original reporting on technologies, civic media, and intersectional feminism have been supported by Art+Feminism, European Journalism Centre, OCLC, Knight Foundation, WikiCred, and Wikimedia Foundation. She is at work on a debut novel that takes on the geographies of pollution and inheritance of trauma. As an instructor, she encourages students to take risks by listening, following ideas, and naming the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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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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Creación de personajes y universos narrativos a partir de lo vivido

Todos los niveles | ¿Te imaginas aprovechando las vivencias del día a día y transformándolas en personajes? Durante este curso crearemos personajes y universos, a través de experiencias y personas reales para maravillar a los lectores con la reconstrucción de…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Elizabeth Villamán

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Start Date: 02/16/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Elizabeth Villamán

Writer, screenwriter, teacher and actress, Elizabeth Villamán originally worked as an industrial engineer until 2016, when she traveled to Spain to realize her dream to study creative writing. Born in 1992 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she finished her MFA in Creative Writing from Escuela de Escritores in Madrid, as well as a certificate in screenwriting. She recently completed a Master in Creative Strategies from Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes. She is currently completing a master's degree in Teaching Creative Writing.

Founder of Escribir es HOY, Elizabeth has taught creative writing in Spain and the United States. She has won many awards and has published her work in several anthologies both in the Dominican Republic and abroad, including Seis tonos de negro (Ediciones PG, 2019), Belleza Fatal y otros cuentos (Funglode, 2017). She was the first recipient of the René delRisco Bermúdez Literary Residency in Coruña, Spain. In 2020, she was selected to participate in the Catapult Caribbean Creative Online Grant. She has two upcoming books, Las islas rotas, a short story collection slated for publication in 2021, and Sesiones de ablepsia, winner of the first Prize for Young Narrators Ediciones Enriquillo 2020.

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Among Animals: Living With and Writing About Species Other Than Our Own

All Levels | A marmoset joins Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s household in Sigrid Nunez’s Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury; a falconer bonds with a goshawk after her father’s death in H is for Hawk. Dogs see Jennifer Finney Boylan and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jacqueline Kolosov

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Start Date: 02/17/2022 - 7:10 pm PST

Jacqueline Kolosov

Jacqueline Kolosov is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship. She has published 3 full-length collections of poetry along with YA/NA novels, and stories, essays & myriad hybrid forms. She has coedited 3 anthologies of contemporary writing, most recently Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, winner of Foreword's IndieFab Gold Medal in Writing.

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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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