WRITING CLASSES

Seattle Writing Classes 

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 Seattle writing classes are non-credit courses for the general community, open to everyone – so the focus is on having fun and learning, not on grades or tests. For dates, times and locations, scroll down.

Classes open for enrollment


WRITING FROM YOUR LIFE

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In this Seattle writing class, you’ll learn how to find and clarify the stories you want to share with people, and write truthfully, honestly and engagingly while drawing from your own life experiences.  You’ll also learn when it’s effective and appropriate to use elements commonly found in fiction, to give form and shape to narratives relating to nonfiction experiences from our lives. The class is shaped around writing exercises, with opportunities for students who would like to, to share them in class.  Nils Osmar, instructor. MORE INFO ➩ DATES AND TIMES – SIGN UP NOW



  1. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy   

    Writing SF and Fantasy
    Mondays, 7 PM-9 PM
    2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14 (4 meetings)
    This class meets at the Lake City
    Community center (north Seattle)

  2. Start Writing Your Novel  

    Novel Writing Workshop:
    Sunday March 6
    10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
 (one meeting)
    This class meets on the University
    of Washington campus in Seattle

  3. Screenwriting 101  

    Screenwriting 101
    5 meetings: 7 PM-9 PM
    4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17
    Lake City Community Center

  4. Writing From Your Life 

    Writing From Your Life
    When: Sundays, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
    2/7, 2/14, 2/21 (three meetings)
    University of Washington campus in Seattle

  5. Writing Fiction and Short Stories sec. 1  

    Writing Fiction and Short Stories
    4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
    Mondays, 7-9:15 PM (four weeks)

    Lake City Community Center

  6. Writing Fiction and Short Stories sec. 2  

    Writing Fiction and Short Stories
    Thurs. night class (winter quarter)
    February 18, 25, 3/10, 3/17
    7-9:15 PM (four meetings)
    Where: Lake City Community center
    (no class on 3/3 due to event in building)


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

“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