While the outlook on traditional bookstores is not looking too bright due to the invention of e-books and e-zines, the need for new writers is at an all-time high. Fortunately for Seattleites, the Northwest is a haven of inspiration and support for writers, old and young alike. Here are just five of best options for the aspiring writer.
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
On Capitol Hill in Seattle sits a 16,206-square-foot Victorian house that was a former funeral home, then a theater called the Richard Hugo House. Here, young and old writers come together to build community and master their writing skills. The 1902 house is rich with history and holds classes for students from all walks of life and backgrounds coming together for the purpose of writing. Classes are offered throughout the year on a variety of topics including teachings on how to write your memoir, blogging, novel-writing and just getting your feet wet in the world of publishing.
Write on the Sound Writers Conference
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
The 28th Annual Write on the Sound conference, one of the largest north of Seattle, will take place on October 4-6, 2013. It features over 30 sessions on the craft, marketing and specialty writing. This conference is for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and social networking authors. Fees range from $73-$150, but register before August 30th for the best deals. With the conference center right on the shores of Edmonds, you’ll have plenty of inspiration should writer’s block strike.
The Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Writers’ Room
The Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Located on the ninth floor of the Seattle Public Library central location is a room set aside just for serious writers. With an abundance of reference materials only feet away, this space makes for a convenient place to write. Writers who are currently under a book contract or show a serious commitment to writing can obtain access for six months with the option of a second round of six months if there is no waiting list. The room can be accessed anytime that the library is open.
Pacific Northwest Writers Association
1420 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 2
Issaquah, WA 98027
Over 50 years ago, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association was born to help Northwest writers connect and inspire other writers in their own backyard. Here, members can connect with over 1,000 fellow writers, listen to monthly speakers, receive discounts on writer’s magazines and gain attendance to the annual summer conference.
8414 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Created in 2004, 826 Seattle is a community-focused, nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth, ages six to 18. The goal is to help kids improve their creative writing skills while also helping teachers to inspire young writers in their classrooms. Participants are mentored one-on-one and all programs for public school students are free. 826 offers after-school tutoring, publishing projects, field trips and more.
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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.