Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. Warm Bodies became a New York Times bestseller and inspired a major film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat, Watson, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything.
Workshop Title: What's It About
Isaac's workshop will examine the process of finding the thematic heart of your story and then shaping the writing around it.
Kerry Cohen is the author of 10 books, including Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity. She teaches at the Red Earth low-residency MFA and works as a counselor in Portland, Oregon. Her next memoir Lush will be out May 2018.
Workshop Title: Honesty and Integrity in Memoir
Kerry’s workshop will explore how to write about other people with honesty and integrity in memoir.
Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her recent political essays and Op-Eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and the Globalist. Apart from her academic and journalistic writing, she is currently finishing work on a second novel and a memoir. Sonora is a current Hugo House Writer-in-Residence.
Workshop Description: Building Character
This workshop will get you to deeply interrogate the characters in your work so they tower, torment, and become unforgettable.
Jason Dodson is a singer-songwriter and frontman for the Maldives, an American roots septet that has been called “the hardest working band in Seattle.” He also spends time writing and playing music for folk-rock trio Sons of Warren Oates, and the mysterious rock collective Cosmic Panther Land Band. His music has been compared to that of Neil Young, the Band and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and featured at SXSW, Bumbershoot, No Depression Festival, CMJ and Sasquatch. The Maldives' latest epic release, "Mad Lives," has been called an "unerringly brilliant work around which cults are born," and is currently available on iTunes and wherever great records are sold.
Workshop Description: Lyrical Narrative & Songwriting
SPecial guest: Faustine Hudson
Faustine Hudson, born in Las Vegas NV, is an internationally-touring drummer. Hudson is also a Ugandan Musician Exchange Artist who launched a community service project for young women in the African Village of Awake in the Otuke District in Northern Uganda.
In 2015 Hudson embarked on her first trip to Uganda, Africa in support Maureen Brotherton’s music exchange with the Village of Awake in the Otuke District. She launched a community service project called "Operation Menstruation" raising funds to purchase and deliver reusable menstruation pads made by Afri-pads for the woman and young ladies of the Village of Awake in the Otuke District of Northern Uganda. Faustine Hudson raised over $5,000 which provided 650 girls a years worth of reusable menstruation kits. In 2016, Hudson returned to Uganda raising another $5,000 for "Operation Menstruation"
She will give a talk about using your art to give back and find a greater purpose, as well as joining Jason on stage for our concert on Saturday night.