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Dec. 10, 7 p.m., free

Does the New York Times glamorize war via its front-page photography? David Shields argues as much in his new book. See photos from the book, hear an excerpt, and ask questions of Shields and Zahr Said of the UW school of law.
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Photography by Natasha Marin.


Dec. 17–19

9 Ounces, written by Anastacia Tolbert, stars Tolbert as three characters: Alice, a questioning writer and artist; Luna, a curious child; and Saraphina, a filter-free spiritual matriarch.

Read work by all three characters on The Project Room's website:

Luna's secret-filled memoir
"she shall be luna
cataclysmic exit. gone."

Alice's wild bio
"alice says she’d rather be a creepy lady living on the second floor of a swank condo. the kind that offers up books and condoms for halloween."

Saraphina's calm verses
"everybody knows
you are not meant 
to be held. behold 
everything but you

General admission shows run Dec. 17 and 18 and feature a Q&A following the performance. $12

A special VIP performance on Dec. 19 will feature a special Q&A with characters Alice, Luna, and Saraphina, as well as complimentary wine and snacks. $20


Dec. 15, 7–10 pm, free

Holiday book sale! Poetry readings by Dean Young, Deborah Landau, and others! Behind-the-scenes stories from the press! Poetry-book surprise in exchange for your RSVP!
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Feeling rejected? Sylvia Plath did, too

New guest blogger Elisabeth Kramer starts off a new series of famous and not-so-famous writing rejections.


Spend the blustery months with us, sharpening your writing skills during the last full quarter at the current Hugo House.

View the full catalog here. Registration is now open for all.

Writing Fiction that Dares | Sonora Jha 
Jan. 13
Take a walk on the wild side and inject some risk into your fiction.

Roughing It | Rebecca Agiewich
Jan. 14
Write a "crappy" first novel draft so you can break through to an even better one.

1000 Words a Week | Anca Szilágyi
Jan. 14
Looking for a way to generate more writing? Get it from the newest Gar La Salle Storytelling Award–winner, Anca Szilágyi!


Screenwriting & Filmmaking Fundamentals | Michael Shilling & Northwest Film Forum
Jan. 19
Learn the screenwriter's art, then receive hands-on training with our friendly neighbors at Northwest Film Forum.


The Most Personal Essay | Nicole Hardy
Jan. 11
Delve deep into the first-person POV while working on vulnerability, pathos, and sharing — without overdoing it.
Three spots remaining!

Make a Scene! | Tara Hardy
Jan. 13
Fill your memoir with vibrant scenes that pull readers close to the moment at hand.

The You Review of Books | Paul Constant & Martin McLellan
Jan. 14
Learn to write book reviews that are beautiful pieces of writing in response to beautiful pieces of writing.


Generating Poetry | Judith Roche
Jan. 5
Discuss elements of poetry as you generate tons of new work.

Writing Alongside Local Poets | Deborah Woodard
Jan. 9
Draw inspiration from local poets Quenton Baker, Priscilla Long, Melanie Noel, and Anastacia Tolbert.

Master Workshop in Poetry | David Wagoner
Jan. 10
This is a bare-bones workshop that will guide you to write the best poems you can write.


From Idea to Proposal to Sale | Neal Bascomb
Jan. 11
The title says it all: go through the entire nonfiction book cycle with former editor and literary agent Neal Bascomb.
Mineral School Writers Residency
Apply before Feb. 15, 2016

Funding is available for five writers to spend uninterrupted time writing at the base of Mt. Rainier in Mineral, Washington. Ten other writing residencies are available for a nominal fee.

University House Playwriting Contest
Deadline Jan. 1, 2016

Submit a single-act play, 40–60 minutes long with a five-character limit. The winning play will be performed by residents of University House senior residence center, and the winner will receive $1000. (Second place gets $750 and third, $500; the others receive $200.) Email for information about submitting.

YES! Magazine Fiction Contest
Deadline Dec. 31

Submit a flash fiction piece, 200 words or fewer, describing a moment in a day in a post-carbon world that somehow incorporates a skill that was almost lost but in this future is valuable again. The winning piece will appear in the February issue of YES! Magazine. Submit pieces to submissions@
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