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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Seattle Writes offers free writing classes this fall

Strengthen your fiction, improve your nonfiction, experiment with poetry — we have more than 25 free writing classes lined up for writers this fall  through the Seattle Writes series. You’ll also find drop-in writing circles (no pressure! really!), write-ins scheduled during November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and special presentations on writing and publishing for children and teens. Here’s a taste of what our fall 2018 Seattle Writes faculty is offering:

Anastacia-Reneé on resistance
Laura Da’ on poetry of place
Karen Finneyfrock on emotion in fiction
Reagan Jackson on memoir
Brian McDonald on story structure
Susan Meyers on starting your novel
Peter Mountford on making a scene
Nancy Rawles on writing silence
Beth Slattery on writing for procrastinators
Jolie Stekly on children’s publishing
Anca Szilagyi on contemporary fairy tales
Ann Teplick on teen poetry (for teen writers only)
Kristen Millares Young on better storytelling through research Continue reading “Seattle Writes offers free writing classes this fall”

Conflict: The Machine of Fiction

On Sunday, Oct 2, 2-4 pm at the Delridge Library, local author Karen Finneyfrock will teach a workshop as a part of the Seattle Writes program. (If you can’t make this date, find her at Greenwood Library on Nov 12, 2-4 pm).

This workshop is particularly geared toward writers working on a novel. In the class you will examine readings, discuss them, and be given writing exercises. The purpose is “to explore the inherent conflicts that make up the world of our stories: conflict with nature, society, law, and conflict between people.” Ooh, sounds dramatic! Continue reading “Conflict: The Machine of Fiction”

Noteworthy 2015 RITA Award Finalists

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The Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2015 RITA Awards at their annual conference on July 25th. The RITA is one of the most prestigious awards for romance writers and its numerous subcategories showcase the variety within romance publishing. That being said, there were many excellent books nominated that didn’t walk away with the prize this year.


A Bollywood Affair in the Library catalogBest First Book nominee: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Despite not winning Best First Book, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more winning romance from the past year than Sonali Dev’s debut. This joyful love story is steeped in rich Indian culture and was a library favorite that ended up on numerous staff-curated lists. Pick it up and join us in singing its praises.


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Voices Up: Date Night

Editor’s note: As part of our Seattle Writes series, we invited local writers who participated in author Ann Teplick’s “Voices Up” workshops to submit short pieces (flash fiction and nonfiction) to Shelf Talk. We’re pleased to share this piece with you.

By Tonka Romana

It was late afternoon. I was nervous. I sat there in the hair salon chair rigid and barely spoke. An hour later I was paying for a gorgeous red dress. I remember thinking, “Wow, I bought this with my own money… all mine…just my own.” At home I ran around my room, trying on different shoes. I slipped into my skin tight dress and it felt so good. It felt like it was a part of me, made for me, destined for me to find it and wear it. I tiptoed through the hall and into the garage to ask my roommate to zip me up before he drove off. Continue reading “Voices Up: Date Night”