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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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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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The Hardest Parts: Writing Beginnings and Endings

All Levels | Beginnings and endings—in novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs—are hard. An arresting beginning is your one chance to capture a reader, and a just-right ending sends a reader back into the world forever changed. In this generative…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Joe Wilkins

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Start Date: 01/24/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of the novel,
Fall Back Down When I Die (Little Brown),
a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers
(Counterpoint), and three poetry collections,
most recently When We Were Birds, winner
of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.
He directs the creative program at Linfield
College.

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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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Ethnicity & Craft

All Levels | In this session, we will explore craft issues related to ethnicity. How much do writers—and should writers—think about ethnicity and culture in the writing process? How do these considerations influence the choices we make as we write?…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jennifer De Leon

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Start Date: 02/01/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021.

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DIY Marketing for Writers

All Levels | Self-promotion is on just about every writer’s professional “to do” list. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to better engage with an audience and publishing professionals on social media—plus use digital tools such as Canva, Typeform, Spotify,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 02/03/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is a teaching artist for Hugo House, The Loft Literary Center and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in addition to being the founder of The Little Book Project WI. Her literary writing and craft essays have been featured by Off Menu Press, Digging Through The Fat and Voyage YA Literary Journal. A selection of Rachel's recipes are included in "Wisconsin Cocktails" (UW-Press, 2020)—and her poetry in the anthology “Hope Is The Thing: Hope is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic” (The Wisconsin Historical Society, 2021). She also regularly contributes content to TheKitchn, The Spruce Eats and Fabulous Wisconsin.

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Holding Hands With the Monster: Writing Horror From the Outside In

All Levels | Are you ready to invite the monster in? Join Sarah Gailey to learn the sensory and psychological secrets behind making your stories truly horrifying. This course will guide you through an iterative process of sowing deep, effective…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sarah Gailey

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Start Date: 02/04/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Sarah Gailey

Hugo Award Winner and Bestselling author Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe. Their short fiction credits include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published in 2019. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, is available now. You can find links to their work at sarahgailey.com and on social media at @gaileyfrey.

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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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Emotion and Imagination: The Inner Life of Stories

All Levels | What is your deepest desire? Or your boldest dream? Emotions are the invisible landscape of stories—but how do you leverage your own inspiration to create a sense of wonder for readers? Come find the life of your…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

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Start Date: 02/05/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Susan V. Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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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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Everything I Know About Writing, I Learned from John Williams

All Levels | These workshops will reveal just how much we can learn through a close reading of a single work. By laser-focusing our attention on one brilliant piece, we’ll be able to deconstruct all aspects of craft: narration, characterization,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 02/07/2022 - 6:00 pm PST

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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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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The Balanced Scene

Intermediate | What constitutes a scene? In this workshop, we will break a fiction scene down to its basic structural elements: dialogue, context, and backstory. We will look at ways these three elements can be braided together to effectively inform,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Mary Adkins

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Start Date: 02/10/2022 - 1:10 pm PST
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Mary Adkins

Mary Adkins is the author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick and “Best Book of 2019” by Good Housekeeping and Real Simple), Privilege (Today.com Best Summer Read, New York Post Best Book of the Week), and Palm Beach (which the AP calls "like a sandy beach, equal parts beautiful and uncomfortable".)
Her books have been published in 13 countries, and her essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and more. A graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University, she teaches storytelling for The Moth worldwide and creative writing both online and in her hometown of Nashville.

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What To Do with Your Memoir

Intermediate | Have you been working on your memoir a long time? Have you wondered what it’s worth to keep going, year after year, draft after draft? We’ll talk and write about what it takes to keep revising, discovering, dreaming,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 02/12/2022 - 10:00 am PST

Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a mixed-race Chinese American writer, editor, coach, and teacher based in Seattle. Her essays have appeared in YES! Magazine, Longreads, The Seventh Wave, Witness, New England Review, Fourth Genre, Entropy, The Normal School, Los Angeles Review, Literary Mama, and many more. Anne is the recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook, The Seventh Wave, Jack Straw Writers Program, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. She loves to support writers in finding their voice and community. Her memoir, Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging was released in 2021 and praised by Cheryl Strayed as “insightful, riveting, and beautifully written.” Learn more at www.anneliukellor.com

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Comedic Storytelling (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | How can you make painful, strange, or even mundane life experiences funny? In this class, you’ll learn to dig inside your past to find humorous, relatable material that unifies an audience, making people laugh at their own…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Margot Leitman

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Start Date: 02/12/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher. A former story scout for "This American Life," she is considered a leading expert in the growing field of storytelling. Leitman has written two books on the subject: the best-selling, Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need and her latest What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books. Her comedic memoir, Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.

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Toni Morrison’s Beloved

All Levels | One of the most celebrated writers in American English, Toni Morrison creates masterful and complicated narrative structures and employs neologisms to convey unspeakable things often left unspoken. We’ll look at the structure of Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved (1987)…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Michele L. Simms-Burton

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Start Date: 02/12/2022 - 1:10 pm PST

Michele L. Simms-Burton

Michele L. Simms-Burton, Ph.D. is a writer, instructional systems designer, scholar of African American and Africana studies, and a former tenured and university professor. She has held appointments as a professor at the University of Michigan, University of Rochester, Howard University, the University of Maryland University College, the George Washington University, and George Mason University. She also served as the Academic Dean for the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University. Her publications include flash guides, essays, book reviews, short stories, and poetry appearing in The Crisis Magazine, African Voices, DownBeat, DC Metro Theater Arts, For Harriet, Medium, Callisto Media, Joint Literary Studies, The Chronicles of Higher Education, The San Francisco Chronicle, the American Studies Journal of Turkey, the Hemingway Review, Callaloo, the Detroit Free Press, and the Detroit Women’s Voices, to name a few. She has served as a ghostwriter for various media outlets and individuals. She was the founding secretary-treasurer of the Toni Morrison Society and has co-chaired the Committee on Language and Literatures of People of Color in the Americas at the Modern Language Association (MLA). She has been a researcher and consultant on various film projects about African American culture, with her most recent contribution being a documentary about Sammy Davis Jr. to be aired on the American Masters program on PBS. She is also a radio commentator on “The Margins” hosted by E. Ethelbert Miller on WPFW in Washington, DC. She lectures on African American studies in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Her current writing projects are a novel about the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and collection of short stories that unveils the suppressed, ignored, or silenced voices of historical Black women and girls.

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