Classes and Workshops

Summer/Fall Classes at the Writer's Workshoppe in Port Townsend

These classes fill quickly!! To register, simply call The Writers' Workshoppe @ 1-360-379-2617. Open 10 AM-5:30 PM everyday. For longer class descriptions, visit the website here.

Location (unless noted otherwise): Writer's Workshoppe, 820 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA

Writing Tutoring with Anna Quinn
Wednesday mornings/afternoons, Thursday and Friday mornings, and some Saturdays.
How to register: e-mail Anna@

Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group with Julie Christine Johnson
Mondays, 3-5 PM beginning June 20 - August 29 (NO CLASS July 4 or 18) (Eight sessions)
Cost: $160
Maximum: 5

Prompted Poetry with Michael D'Alessandro
Mondays, June 20 - July 25 (no class on July 4th), 10-11:30 AM

Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group with Julie Christine Johnson
Thursdays, 3-5 PM beginning June 30 - August 25 (NO CLASS July 21)
Cost: $160
Maximum: 5

Freeing your Life with Words with Susan Wooldridge 
Sat. June 25th, 10 AM-4 PM
Cost: $100

Writing Alive! Workshop for Young Writers (Ages 8-11) with Nina Sajeske
Thursdays, July 21 through August 25, 10 AM-12 PM (six weeks)
Cost: $90

Writing Alive! Workshop for Young Writers (Ages 12-15) with Nina Sajeske
Thursdays, July 21 through August 25, 3-5 PM (six weeks)
Cost: $90

Blow Your Mind And Then Some, BEGINNER, with Anna Quinn
Wednesdays, September 14 - November 9, 12-2 PM

Blow Your Mind And Then Some, INTERMEDIATE, with Anna Quinn
Wednesdays, September 14 - November 9, 3-5 PM


Blow Your Mind And Then Some, ADVANCED, with Anna Quinn
Thursdays, September 15 - November 10, 12-2 PM

Writing the Tough Stuff with Author Sonya Lea
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1st and 2nd, 10 AM-4 PM
Cost: $240
Maximum: 12 

Extraordinary Language: An Introduction to Reading and Writing Poetry with Brigid Yuknavitch
Tuesdays, October 4 through December 6, 3-5 PM

Open Letter: Manifesto to the World with Kim Stafford
Saturday, October 29, 9 AM-5 PM

Elegy Alchemy: Celebrating, Mourning, and Writing from Life with Megan Kruse
Saturday, Nov 12 & Sunday,  Nov. 13th, 10 AM-4 PM
Cost: $240
Maximum: 12

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) 2016 Lineup





Writing for Teens: A Crash Course in Craft, Publishing, and Beyond – presented by Nicole Persun and Sean Fletcher

July 9, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
In this daylong crash course for young writers, Nicole and Sean will cover everything from inspiration and craft to revision and publication. Learn more about Nicole and Sean or register here.

Using Scene Layering to Create Characters that Leap from the Page – presented by Suzanne Kelman
August 13, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
In this class, Suzanne Kelman will show you how to take a bland scene and create dynamic story tension and characters that have an individual voice and take on a life of their own. Learn more about Suzanne Kelman or register here.

Writing With your Whole Self – presented by Petra Martin and Deborah Nedelman
October 8, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
This In-Depth session is designed to get you into your body and help you better experience your physical sensations, so you can write in a way that enables your readers to taste, touch, smell, and hear, in addition to seeing. Learn more about Petra and Deborah or register here.

Plot Morphing: Change your Story, Change your Plot – presented by Susan Wingate
November 12, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
In this session, Susan Wingate will help you get over the struggle of creating an outline and help you organize your thinking using tricks she’s learned over twenty-five years of her writing career. Learn more about Susan Wingate or register here.

ALL NILA CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT: 5611 Bayview Rd., Langley, WA 98260

FEE FOR ALL CLASSES: $185 for WIWA and Salish Sea Writers Consortium members, $200 for nonmembers

Keep an eye on for three more classes, which are coming online soon. 

School of Visual Concepts, 2300 7th Avenue, Suite B, Seattle, WA  |  Grades 2-12

Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents: Camp WITS: Writers in the Summer

July 25-August 5

Camp WITS brings the inspiring and accomplished Seattle writers who teach comics, stories, and poems in public schools throughout the year to the light-filled rooms of the School of Visual Concepts in downtown Seattle. Camp attendees will learn new ways to express their own authentic voices, join a community of young writers from across the city, create letterpress portfolios for their new work, and end the camps with a celebratory reading open to family and friends. 

Camp WITS is open to all experience levels and abilities, from new to seasoned writers. Sessions are taught by two acclaimed WITS Writers-In-Residence and are limited to 20 students each.

Camp WITS is comprised of six sessions divided by age. Each session meets once per day, Monday – Friday, from July 25th through August 5th. 

Register here.


Karen Joy Fowler's Hedgebrook Master Class in Tuscany

September 20-30








The Tuscany Master Class offers a convergence of Hedgebrook’s retreat experience with the unique opportunity to study with a renowned writer in a small-group workshop and enjoy being in residence in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Here writers will receive a taste of Hedgebrook’s "radical hospitality,” along with devoted time, space, and a new landscape and culture that will both nourish and inspire.

Prolific, award-winning, and beloved writer Karen Joy Fowler joins Hedgebrook as faculty for this fall’s Tuscany Master Class. Fowler offers a multi-genre workshop that is open to writers of all backgrounds. Participation is limited to 8-9 writers to ensure individual attention and create an intimate, supportive writing community.

Learn more and apply now.

Coming Soon! Hedgebrook Fall Master Classes!

Now's your chance to take your writing to the next level...
Your story is unique and powerful. We want to help you tell it! Fall Master Classes are open for enrollment, and there's something for everyone. 

Farm-to-Table Food Writing
Betsy Andrews
Oct. 24-31, 2016

TV Comedy Writing
Wendy Goldman & Robin Schiff 
Nov. 2-9

How We Become Characters
Elmaz Abinader
Dec. 6-13

Whether you're a fiction writer, a memoirist, a playwright, a t.v. writer, a journalist, an essayist, or something in between, these week-long retreats are sure to inspire and nurture your writer’s soul.

Learn more about this fall's classes and apply now!

Stay tuned for more information coming soon on our website!