bill carty

Bill Carty lives in Seattle. He has received fellowships from Artist Trust and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He is a former 'Made at Hugo House' Fellow and Jack Straw Writer. His chapbook Refugium was published by Alice Blue Books, and his poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, the Iowa Review, Willow Springs, Conduit, Pleiades, Oversound, Poor Claudia, and other journals. He teaches at Edmonds Community College and the Richard Hugo House, and he is an editor at Poetry Northwest.

Workshop Title: On Quickness

In this class, we will look at excerpts from Italo Calvino's essay, "On Quickness," to investigate the unique manner that poetry enables writers navigate time, both in terms of subject and form. We'll focus, in particular, on the lessons that poems can teach about associative logic, digression, and other writing techniques that can be applied across genres.


Jennie Shortridge

Jennie Shortridge has been writing her entire life. She’s written a lot of not very good stuff, but over the past 20 years, she’s managed to learn and practice enough to have published five novels with traditional publishing houses, and hundreds of magazine articles and essays. Her novels have been optioned for film and published in foreign languages and chosen as IndieBound, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Library Journal “picks.” When not writing, teaching or volunteering with Seattle7Writers, Jennie plays in a band of authors called The Rejections.

Workshop Title: Story Building

Classic, organic and mythic structures for building the scaffolding around which your creative process can flourish.

MAtt logelin

Matt Logelin is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book, "Two Kisses for Maddy" and the co-author of the picture book, "Be Glad Your Dad...(is not an Octopus)", which once sold 62 copies in a single day. He's also the founder and president of the Liz Logelin Foundation, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to widowed families with kids. 

Workshop Title: Write What You Know.

Write for children and deepen storytelling techniques with humor, and unlock memories with narrative nonfiction.

sara jensen

Sara Jensen is a mama, wife, sister, friend, designer, naked Quaker, foster adopt mother, and T1 advocate living on a tiny island on a big ocean in the PNW. Along with her co-author Matt Logelin she wrote "Be Glad Your Dad" which was published in May, 2016. Sara is also the Creative Director for Beyond Type 1, a non profit for people living with Type 1 Diabetes. She insists that she is not a writer.

Workshop Title: How To Get Everything You Want Accidentally On Purpose

In 2005 I walked into a high-end textile studio in New York City and said "I want to work here. I am not qualified as a textile designer. I'll work for one week, for free and if you like what you see, you can hire me."

I did, they did, and that's how I started my design career.

You might not think you're ready to be creative for a living, but if you give yourself no other choice you will be. I'll walk you through my career designing for brands like Jennifer Lopez, Club Monaco, Genevieve Gorder and many others, and share how I built the confidence to ask for what I want.

star anna

Star Anna is an American singer and guitarist from Ellensburg, Washington who plays Americana and alt-countryDuff McKagan wrote of her singing, "She is the real deal. There is a pain in her voice that comes from somewhere deep, a place I dare not ask where it comes from. Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur described her as having "a voice full of bluster that will slam the door behind you, then find itself alone to take in the loneliness, the quiet, the beauty."

Workshop Title: Songwriting: Write Everything Down!

Transform elements of memoir into lyrical narrative using imagery and metaphor.