Write into Fall!

Seattle Writes returns this Fall-virtually! We will be offering a slate of live two-hour classes, short video lectures, and Write with Hugo House writing circles. Read on to find out more, or go directly to our Seattle Writes event calendar for more details!

Attend Online Writing Classes

Seasoned writers are sharing their knowledge and skill through our online classes. This year you can explore writing and learn about the South Asian poetic form of ghazals with Shankar Narayan. Have a novel experience. Take all or some of Karen Finneyfrock’s four sessions on novel writing. Get personal with Laura Da’ by creating poems of memory and place. With Sonora Jha you can discover or uncover what you have to say by writing a personal essay. Register through Seattle Public Library (coming soon!).

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Handling the Material: Art Techniques, Guides and Processes

In the blink of an eye rubber hits a road, a hand hits the mat, grabs hold of brush or pen as the wrist turns into a twist. Arms do the heavy lifting, the torso pivots. If this were the theater (and it is) the director would shout, “Action!” The whole body is engaged. This is about seeing the thing through. Now is the time to move the idea out of its cerebral cave into the bright light of creation. What necessary implements are needed to complete the task? Continue reading “Handling the Material: Art Techniques, Guides and Processes”

The Language of Water: Poetry on Buses

Image courtesy of avocadogirlfriend on flikrBy Library Staff

Do you have a thirst for verse? Well, there’s a way to quench it! The Poetry on Buses Public Art Program, a partnership between 4Culture and Metro Transit, invites poets of all inclinations to submit a poem around a particular theme.  The 2016 theme is “Your Body of Water” and the Office of Arts & Culture, Sound Transit, Seattle Public Utilities, King County Water and Land Division and The Seattle Public Library are also taking the plunge. Continue reading “The Language of Water: Poetry on Buses”

Courier and Lives: For the Love of Letters

~posted by Rebecca K.

“We have never talked together the way we have sometimes in letters. Why do I meet people better in letters?” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo van Gogh, 1881

A previous post talked about why handwriting is good for your health. Today let’s explore the enjoyment of writing and receiving letters!

What makes a handwritten letter so special? To a recipient, a penned letter demonstrates that someone thought about them and took the time and effort to create something with their hands for them, an even more special gesture in this age of typing and technology.

On the writer’s end, writing by hand can be regarded as a meditative act. “With so much hurry and pressure in our lives, we sometimes forget it’s perfectly alright to slow down and take pleasure in what we do,” writes Jennifer Williams in Writing Personal Notes & Letters. Since you can’t backspace and automatically erase and revise what you’re writing, you tend to think more deliberately and carefully about what you want to convey before putting pen to paper. Continue reading “Courier and Lives: For the Love of Letters”

The Novel: Live! 36 authors to create a novel in six days

Here’s your chance to read it as they write it: Tomorrow morning at 10 sharp, novelist Jennie Shortridge will write the opening lines of a new novel, something she’s certainly done before, but never in so public of a space. This time, Shortridge and 35 other local authors are writing on stage in The Novel: Live!  — and you can follow along online or in person to see this collaborative novel take shape. 

This novel project was launched by the Seattle7Writers, a group of novelists who have been kicking butt raising money for various nonprofits (The Novel: Live! project benefits 826 Seattle and Writers in the Schools) and creating pocket libraries.  As the countdown to the live novel writing project nears, we asked The Seattle7 to share their favorite writing books:

Tune in tomorrow to The Novel: Live! website to watch the creative process unfold in Seattle!