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Seattle Writers Circle

Seattle Writers Circle is on hiatus! We are hoping to restart some in person groups and an online group in 2023. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please use the form at the bottom of the page and let us know!

Seattle Writers Circle is an Amherst Writers & Artists affiliated workshop series led by River Elizabeth Hall. Seattle Writers Circle hosts a generative workshop series for those who want to write in the company of a supportive community. We convene seasonally on a weekly basis for 4, 6, or 8 week series (depending on the season and scheduling). Our workshop is focused on rich, generative prompts, positive feedback, inclusivity, and establishing a supportive community of writers from all walks of life and of all abilities. SWC is not a critique group, though critique and manuscript review is sometimes offered on an optional basis near the end of some sessions. We create an atmosphere of equal exploration, positive feedback, and protected confidentiality. We welcome folks of wide ranging ability and experience from established writers and poets to those returning to writing after a long time away. We welcome those who are entirely new to creative writing as well. We consider ourselves a safe place for exploration and experimentation.

Click here to see what happens in a typical session.

We can provide a CC platform (Google Meet) for members of the deaf community and we strive to accommodate writers of all abilities. Please let me know if you have any additional needs and how best to make the online space more accessible.

We are a safe place for people of all identities and walks of life to feel welcome and to create. We believe that creative writing is deeply tied to equity and social justice in the same spirit in which Amherst Writers & Artists was founded. We highly encourage the participation of BIPOC writers, people of color, queer folks, the transgender community, those whose gender identities transcend the binary, and people with disabilities.

In an effort to acknowledge and transcend ever-widening economic disparities and to provide more fair and equal access, we ask our members to pay what they are able to pay with a suggested tuition cost as a guide. Those with more resources understand that higher contributions make possible the participation of others with less economic privilege. 

25% of the total tuition collected for each session is being donated to organizations dedicated to ending racial oppression and injustice.

Find out about current workshops & offerings!

Please provide your email & telephone number so I may contact you about upcoming workshops:

  • How did you learn about our workshops?

  • Have you attended other writing workshops before?

  • What is your familiarity, if any, with the AWA method?


Please check that your email is correct and that you have included a phone number. A brief conversation is required for new participants, prior to registration, in order to ensure a good fit. Thanks so much for your interest!

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