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All About the Essay (IN-PERSON)

Introductory | Learn the ins and outs of all kinds of essays: personal, opinion, collage, braided, lyric, hermit crabs, and micros. Whether you’ve got a big story to tell or a smattering of fragments, this class will open the door to new pathways, including places to publish. Each session will include lessons, prompts, and reading assignments. Students will generate at least four new draft essays and have the opportunity to receive peer and instructor feedback.

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.

Instructor: Allison Ellis

Class Type: 4 Sessions

Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 01/19/2022

End Date: 02/09/2022

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Allison Ellis

Allison Ellis’ writing has been published in The New York Times, The Ploughshares blog, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Amazon Original Stories, SELF, Marie Claire, Redbook, and The Washington Post.

In 2016, her essay, “Hold On” won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in the short nonfiction category, and her forthcoming memoir, Ready About is the 2021 recipient of the First Pages Prize/Sandra Carpenter Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

She holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars (2021) and a BA from Smith College in American Studies. Read more of her work at

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