The Seattle Public Library's 2018 Seattle Writes fall program series will feature over 35 writing workshops at Library locations throughout the city from Sept. 8 through Nov. 27. Learn how to jumpstart your novel, stop procrastinating with your projects, be an ally with your words, write a memoir, get feedback on your work at a writing circle, use silence in scenes, start a novel and more.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. Free parking is available at the branches; parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Attendees are asked to bring a pen, pencil and paper or fully charged laptop to each class.

Accommodation requests may be made with seven days advance notice. Arrangements for American Sign Language interpreters can be made for Library-sponsored classes with two weeks' notice. Email the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) or call 206-615-1380 (V/TTY).

See below for the workshop schedule and descriptions or visit the Seattle Writes page.



Writers' Tips, Resources and Children's Publishing 101 – The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington offers an introduction to writing and illustrating for children and teens.

Poetry of Place – Led by award-winning poet Laura Da', this class will look to land and water ways as a source of poetic inspiration.

Writing Circle with Hugo House – Looking for ongoing inspiration, feedback and ways to connect with other writers? Drop by a writing circle for writing exercises and motivation.

Better Storytelling Through Research – Kristen Millares Young guides writers through ways research works with storytelling in nonfiction work.

Jumpstart Your Novel – Get started—or recharge—and keep going on your novel! Novelist Susan Meyers helps you get focused and committed to your idea or work in progress.

Writing Silence – Find out how to use words to create a silence that makes your stories richer in this workshop with author Nancy Rawles.

Memoir—The Stories We Know by Heart – This two-hour workshop with Reagan Jackson offers a sequence of prompts designed to help you remember, discern, and capture your story.

How to Be an Effective Ally on the Page and in the Real World, Too – Join Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia Renee as you navigate the path to becoming a better ally against racism through conversation and writing.

Writing for Children and Teens: Writing & Thinking Cross Culturally – Tiffany Liao, editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, discusses "Mirrors, Windows and Doors: Writing and Thinking Cross Culturally." Presented by SCBWI Western Washington.

Writing Emotion in Fiction – Instructor Karen Finneyfrock guides you though ways to develop an emotional response in readers in this workshop for fiction writers.

Writing for Procrastinators – Author and writing instructor Beth Slattery helps you get reconnected with your writing and experiment with how to make progress on your project. For all types of writers.

The Secrets of Solid Story Structure – Put the three-act structure to work and move your story forward in this class with author and screenwriter Brian McDonald.

Piloting the Category Five Hurricane: Getting Through Tough Times – Teens are invited to join poet Ann Teplick in a poetry-writing workshop that explores the themes of self-care and resilience.

Contemporary Fairy Tales – Learn to write your own modern fairy tale with author and instructor Anca Szilágyi.

Making a Scene – Author Peter Mountford will show you techniques for setting scenes that add to your fiction and nonfiction.

Come Write In – Are you writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month? Working on another writing project? Join us on Tuesday evenings in November for some dedicated writing time.

About Seattle Writes

Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. The program series is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.