Our creative and expository writing workshops spark imagination and teach skills. In our workshops, reluctant writers and aspring authors can write poems in forts, dystoian fiction, college entrance essays and more. Sign up for our parent mailing list to recieve notification when new workshops are posted. Click here to read our F.A.Q. Summer workshops open for sign-up on Monday, May 19th.
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Saturdays in March, April, and May / 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. / Grades 9-12
Looking for your own space to work on an original piece of writing? Our Saturday writing studio is open from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. for high school students like you to work on a novel, poem, song, story, newspaper article, cartoon, or any form of writing you can dream up. Thoughtful tutors will be on hand to help you with revision or editing, self-publishing projects, or anything else related to your writing. We can give you prompts to get you going, or just leave you alone so you can write. Stop in to the open studio and get just what you need for your writing. Drop-ins are welcome!
Session 1: Saturday, March 22nd from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 2: Saturday, March 29th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 3: Saturday, April 5th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 4: Saturday, April 12th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 5: Saturday, April 19th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 6: Saturday, April 26th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 7: Saturday, May 3rd from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 8: Saturday, May 10th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 9: Saturday, May 17th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Session 10: Saturday, May 24th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Saturdays, April 12th and 19th / 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. / Grades 6-8
They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Now it's time for you to find a picture or two that will inspire you to write. An old postcard? Some oddball object? A drawing you saved long ago but can’t remember why? Write the fictional back-story for your mysterious artifact, and watch your found fiction emerge!
Valerie Arvidson is an 826 Seattle programming intern and collector of strange objects and curiosities. She is also an editor, multimedia artist, literature and creative writing teacher, rock-climber, snow-boarder, and writer. She has been published in the Seattle Review, Blunderbuss, Anomalous, Apt and, Hunger Mountain.
Session 1: Saturday, April 12th from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Session 2: Saturday, April 19th from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Break a Leg
Saturday, April 26th / 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. / Grades 3-5
Discover a world of theater, comedy, and drama where you are the writer, actor, and more! Join us for a marathon of playwriting, rehearsing, and performing—all in four hours! You’ll work in a small group to create your own production from beginning to end. (Broken legs not required.)
Noyonima Hassan has a passion for dancing, writing, theater, acting, traveling, swimming, film festivals, art exhibitions, photography, sushi, and, perhaps most of all, cheese. She is an experienced volunteer tutor and workshop leader at 826 Seattle.
Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Elements of Style
Saturday, April 26th / 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. / Grades 9-12
Admit it: grammar actually is important. Knowing how to use it (and when to break the rules) can be the difference between writing that plods along and sentences that sashay. In this workshop, you'll learn how to command the comma and master the semicolon to create the desired effect for your narrator, your characters, and the tempo of your writing.
Sara Keats is a writer, editor, and dramaturg who loves deconstructing sentences. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she worked for Carnegie Mellon Press. She also served as the editor-in-chief of the Oakland Review. Her commas are never misplaced.
Saturday, April 26th from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
How To Podcast Everything
Saturdays, May 3rd and 10th / 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. / Grades 6-8
This is your chance to ask some of those burning questions you’ve never had a chance to ask. How do you play a great practical joke on someone? Where should you start building your own lair? Improve your interviewing techniques, refine your banter, record the results, and learn how to post your podcast online.
Troy Diggs is an Emmy-award winning TV news producer and a lover of podcasts. In his spare time, Troy produces and co-hosts a podcast all about the television show The Price Is Right (yes, seriously).
Session 1: Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Session 2: Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Prepare for Liftoff
Saturdays, May 3rd and 10th / 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. / Grades 3-5
Space travel takes preparation, discipline, and creativity, not to mention physical and mental exercise. In this workshop, you’ll train for space exploration by creating packing lists, designing spacesuits, imagining zero gravity simulation, and illustrating space adventures. Prepare your own pre-launch set of stories, lists, and written activities as you explore the deepest recesses of your imagination!
Noelle Hoffman is an artist and aspiring astronaut, specializing in visual communication, space travel preparation, and universal patterns. She is currently working on a project to develop gourmet mac and cheese for astronauts.
Session 1: Saturday, May 3rd from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Session 2: Saturday, May 10th from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Saturdays, May 17th and 24th / 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. / Grades 1-2
Have you ever wondered what the secret is to making the best ever chocolate chip cookie? Come find out in this delicious workshop. You’ll do cookie research, write a tasty recipe, and put your writing to work baking a never-before-tried cookie that includes your own ingredients. Please note: cookies will contain eggs, wheat, nuts, and fun!
Clair Durkes is a complete cookie connoisseur. When she isn’t teaching, she is in the kitchen baking up a storm. She is proud to report that once, in a single day, she baked 12 different types of cookies.
Session 1: Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Session 2: Saturday, May 24th from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
The Villain’s Perspective
Saturdays, May 17th, 24th, and 31st / 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. / Grades 6-8
What sets an evil mastermind on the path to global domination and destruction? You get to decide! In this three-session workshop, participants will create their own villains, craft their evil plans, and write their villains’ stories to humanize these often misunderstood characters.
Andrea Waade and Bri Dotson have devised many evil plans to take over the world (and have nearly succeeded). Their most recent plan involved numerical weather prediction, hydrogeology, and cupcakes, only to be foiled by a short supply of sprinkles.
Session 1: Saturday, May 17th from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Session 2: Saturday, May 24th from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Session 3: Saturday, May 31st from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.