Classes and Workshops

Fall Classes at the Writer's Workshoppe in Port Townsend


These classes fill quickly!! To register, simply call The Writers' Workshoppe @ 360-379-2617.

Open 10 AM-5:30 PM everyday. For longer class descriptions, visit the website here.

Class 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@
Cost: $25/half hour. Sliding scale available. 

Extraordinary Language: An Introduction to Reading and Writing Poetry with Brigid Yuknavitch
Tuesdays, October 4 through December 6, 3-5 PM (ten weeks)
Maximum: 10

Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group with Julie Christine Johnson
There are two distinct levels of this workshop:
Beginning Level: Tuesdays, October 4 through November 22, 3-5 PM (eight sessions)
Maximum: 5
Intermediate/Advanced Level: Thursdays, October 6 through December 1 (no class November 24), 3-5 PM
Maximum: 5

Laughing Through Your Tears: Using Humor to Navigate Tricky Subjects with Kate Caroll de Gutes and Brenda Miller
Saturday, October 15th, 10 AM-4 PM
Maximum: 12

Open Letter: Manifesto to the World with Kim Stafford
Saturday, October 29, 9 AM-4 PM
Maximum: 12

The Physical Stuff of Your Life (and How to Use it to Gain Access to the Emotional Stuff) with Pam Houston
Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 10 AM-4 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

Fall 2016 Chuckanut Writers Classes

Village Books and WCC Community and Continuing Education have thirteen writers classes on the calendar this October. Click here to see our entire fall schedule and REGISTER TODAY!

Hugo House Fall 2016 Class Lineup

PLEASE NOTE that all classes will take place at our temporary space on First Hill: 
1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104

Hugo House: Your best source for writing classes in Seattle.

For more information on the schedule, scholarships, the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

Browse our Fall Classes here.

Registration Dates
All registrations open at 10:30 am
$500+ donor Registration: August 15
Member Registration: August 16
General Registration: August 23

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) 2016 Lineup





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. 

Invest in your writing with a Hedgebrook Master Class!

Have you hit a wall writing your TV script? Are you stuck developing your main character? Is your short story not evoking the memory of your grandmother's cooking like it should? Then we have a Master Class for you!

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

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

Food, at every stage of its becoming, is also context and metaphor for the human condition, and the life of the planet. And all great food writing transcends its subject matter to engage emotional and experiential "truths."

Using Hedgebrook’s and Whidbey Island’s rich environment of growing, raising, and preparing food, this workshop will help writers of all kinds—memoirists, journalists, essayists, even fiction writers—create stories that engage the journey from farm to table to illuminate deeper aspects of life on earth. Apply Now!

Intro to TV Comedy Writing with Wendy Goldman & Robin Schiff
Nov. 2-9, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create your own TV show? This class will guide you to begin developing an original comedy pilot. All you need are the seeds of an idea that captures your imagination. We’ll work together to bring that idea to life with a focus on crafting vivid characters, which are the fundamental building blocks of effective storytelling.

Throughout the class, we’ll screen and analyze a variety of TV comedies with unforgettable characters and crack the code of how their relationships keep us coming back week after week. Writing exercises will give you the tools to explore your own characters’ inner lives and the emotions that drive them. 
Apply Now!

How We Become Characters with Elmaz Abinader
Dec. 5-12, 2016

Whether you’re writing memoir or fiction, the representation of the self is inevitable. Even without intention, we find ourselves dripping into the characterization of the protagonist or in the case of memoir, we are the protagonist. Ironically, although we should be experts on our own characters, sometimes we are limited in our own perspective of ourselves and lose the complexity that develops nuanced character.

In this course, we discuss how to develop outsider lenses, super-ego perspectives, and distance from ourselves to mine our own complications. This class is appropriate for writers of fiction, memoir and playwriting, and is open to all levels of experience. Apply Now!

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