WRITING

Seattle writing classes


  • Our Seattle writing classes meet on the University of Washington campus.
  • They are co-sponsored by Classesandworkshop.com and the University of Washington’s Experimental College.
  • They are non-credit courses for the general community, open to everyone.
  • For course descriptions, dates, times and registration information, click the class title or scroll down this page. To sign up, click the Take Class button.

Class 5010: Writing fiction and short stories

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In this Seattle writing class, students will learn about the elements of short story writing, get practice coming up with stories of their own, and more.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, strategies for getting published, and ways to make money as a writer. 

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When: Mondays 7 p.m.-9 pm (October 27-Nov. 24) (five meetings) 
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $125 for general public; $120 for UW (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

General Public: $125 tuition Take Class
University of Washington student: $120 tuition  Take Class


Class 5015: Start Writing Your NOVEL!

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Thinking about writing a novel? Get off to a good start in this class!  We’ll look at character, plot and story structure, and do some in-class writing exercises to get you rolling. Plus, you’ll learn about a storytelling template with roots in cultures around the world, and how it can be used to help bring your project into focus.  

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When:  Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. July 1-July 29 (5 weeks)
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $125 for general public; $120 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

General Public: $120 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $115 tuition  Take Class


Class 5035: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

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In this Seattle writing class we’ll focus on writing science fiction and fantasy short stories, with attention to what makes stories real and believable to the reader even when dealing with unusual worlds or environments. Each class will feature a different writing assignment, with topics ranging from time travel, to alien invasions, to robots and space travel, to ways the world may end.  Students will write short stories on a variety of SF and fantasy themes, and have opportunities to share them and get feedback from others in the class.  Whether you’re a novice science fiction writer or have been writing for years, you’re welcome in the class. For more information, click here

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When: Tuesdays, September 9-October 7, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $125 for general public; $120 for UW (plus $10 registration fee)

General Public: $125 tuition Take Class
University of Washington student: $120 tuition  Take Class


Class 5050: Start Writing Your Screenplay

Seattle screenplay classes

In this Seattle screenwriting class, open to all levels, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, and have opportunities to write some short scenes and “mini-scripts,” workshop them in class, and get feedback on your writings.  We’ll focus on plot and structure, script formatting, dialogue and action, and what goes into writing a tightly written, effective and marketable script.  More information »

  • Co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Experimental College
  • When:  Thursdays 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm (five meetings)
  • Where: University of Washington campus in Seattle.
  • Tuition: $125 for general public; $120 for UW students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

General Public tuition: $125 tuition Take Class
University of Washington Student: $120 tuition  Take Class


Class 5060: Songwriting 101

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Do you ever hear a musical line in your head that seems to come from nowhere?  Have you ever found yourself making up songs in the shower, or pounding out an infectious rhythm on the steering wheel of your car?  Have you been yearning to express your feelings about life, love, hope, dreams, fears, happiness, joy, affection for a significant other in musical form?  Have you tried to compose songs but struggled to bring them to full fruition? This Seattle Songwriting class will introduce you to the craft of songwriting.  We will address inspiration, how to find it, and what to do with it when you get it, as well as individual processes and styles of writing.

  • When: Tues. Oct. 21-Nov. 18 (no class on 11/11), 7 p.m.-9:15 p.m. (four meetings)
  • Where: University of Washington campus
  • Tuition: $125 for general public, $120 for U.W. students (plus $10 registration fee)
  • Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.

General Public: $125 tuition Take Class
University of Washington student: $120 tuition  Take Class

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Love writing, and want to get back into it?  Or thinking it might be fun to try your hand at it for the first time?  Our classes are a good place to start, or to re-start yourself after a break.


Student comments

Hi, Nils:

You may not remember me, but a few years ago I took my first-ever creative writing class with you… The class had such a profound impact on me that I immediately applied to graduate programs to pursue a Master’s Degree in creative writing. I was fortunate to be accepted to a wonderful school in Los Angeles, and recently graduated with distinction. I have also completed my first novel, and many times throughout the writing/editing process, I would sometimes hear your voice in my head saying, “Show, don’t tell,” and, “Watch for excessive modifiers.”

I also teach English now, and I’ve realized how meaningful it can be to hear from students who have valued your instruction. To that end, I want to thank you for giving me my first “push” and encouraging me to continue doing what I love. I plan to move back to Seattle in the coming months, and I hope I’ll run into you sometime so I can thank you in person.

I hope you’re continuing to teach and to inspire.

Sincerely,
Kristen B.


Thanks for a fun and interesting class. I appreciate how you value each student for their individual voice and style, and how you encourage and bring out the best in each of us. I always learn new and effective ways to look at things when I take one of your classes… – Barb B. (Bellevue)


Thanks again for the writing class this quarter. I found your comments on my stories, and other students’ stories, helpful and to the point. You said what you thought, but without trashing anybody. I also appreciated being able to hear other students’ comments on what I’d written. – Megan C. (Edmonds)


I took it because I was “stuck” in journaling, and wanted to shake myself loose and open up my writing abilities and inclinations in some new directions. Your suggestions and comments were great. I’m unstuck. Thank you!!!! I’ll be back in the fall to take the class again. – Marie L., Lake Forest Park


Writers on writing:

“The most interesting thing about writing is the way that it obliterates time. Three hours seem like three minutes. Then there is the business of surprise. I never know what is coming next. The phrase that sounds in the head changes when it appears on the page. … That’s why I go on, I suppose. To see what the next sentences I write will be.” – Gore Vidal


“A writer is a vehicle.  I feel the story I am writing existed before I existed; I’m just the slob who finds it, and rather clumsily tries to do it, and the characters, justice.  I think of writing fiction as doing justice to the people in the story, and doing justice to their story – it’s not my story…” - John Irving

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“I’m sure that writing isn’t a craft, that is, something for which you learn the skills and go on turning out.  It must come from some deep impulse, deep inspiration.  That can’t be taught, it can’t be what you use in teaching.” - Robert Lowell


“Maybe writing can’t be taught, but editing can be taught.” - Donald Barthelme