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February 7, 2016


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Seattle Writes - Programs and resources to support Seattle writers.

Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city.


Calling all writers!


You can look forward to more than 25 free writing classes and programs this spring! Spring 2016 writing faculty includes Kathleen Alcala (essays), Nancy Kress (science fiction), Rose Lerner (historical romance), Claudia Castro Luna (poetry), Donna Miscolta (fiction), Nancy Rawles (fiction/dialogue), Ingrid Thoft (mystery), as well as a series of writing workshops presented in partnership with Hugo House. We’ll also offer publishing and marketing classes with Martha Brockenbrough (query letters/synopsis), Beth Jusino (marketing), Jennifer Worick and Kerry Colburn (nonfiction book proposals) and Sasquatch Publishing (behind the scenes look at the publishing process).

Classes run April through June at 15 branch locations. Full details will be available by March 1. All classes and programs will be free, and there is no registration required. First come, first seated for all Seattle Writes classes.



SELF-e service
and Publishing Workshops

Door to a
Pink Universe



Upcoming Seattle Writes programs


See the entire Seattle Writes calendar





  • SELF-e: E-book publishing at the Library
    The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Library Journal to offer the SELF-e public library e-book discovery service. SELF-e allows Seattle's self-published authors to submit their e-book for circulation at SPL, libraries throughout Washington, and possibly libraries nationwide. This is a great way to reach a wider reading audience and build buzz on your book.
  • Free online writing class
    Creative Writing 101 and classes on writing short stories, memoir and historical fiction are among the self-paced course offerings through our Universal Class service. Create a free account and then browse under "Writing."
  • Ebook Publishing Fundamentals
    Free course video (2 hours, 44 minutes) on creating ebooks, uploading them to major retailers, and marketing them on social media and other websites. Free access to with your Library card (then search for "self publishing").
  • Self-Publish Like a Pro
    Take your self-publishing to the next level with writing, editing and marketing advice.
  • Start Your Novel
    These books are recommended by novelists Waverly Fitzgerald and Karen Finneyfrock, who each taught a two-hour "Start Your Novel" workshop as part of our 2014 Seattle Writes programming.
  • Writing Memoirs and Personal Essays
    This is a list focused on memoir writing resources from The Seattle Public Library.
  • Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Writers' Room
    A space for established writers to work and use the library collection.

We thank our sponsor

This program is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation