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Locations include the University of Washington campus, Greenwood Senior Center, Phinney Neighborhood Center, and more. 

 

More info:

  • Some of our classes meet on the University of Washington (Seattle branch).
  • Others meet in community centers around the city.
  • Each course has two fees: a tuition fee and a $10 registration fee (or $5 for students and seniors). The software we use to process credit card payments lists the registration fee as a “shipping” fee.
  • Most of our students are adults, but some classes are open to younger folks.  Check age restrictions here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What is Rekindle School?  We’re an independent “arts” school in Seattle. We offer fun, affordable classes for the general public. We’re a Seattle art school, Seattle acting school, and Seattle film school, all rolled into one.
  2. What’s your guiding philosophy? Our philosophy is that being anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways. Training is more important than “talent.” Creative impulses don’t really go away, but can go “dormant” for a while if we get busy for other things. The creative spirit can be rekindled.  When you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.
  3. Where do your classes meet?  Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Others meet at community centers around the city. (We also recently added some classes in Redmond, Washington, and plan on adding more on the east side in the future.
  4. Is your program accredited? No, we offer non-credit classes in the arts. This means that the focus is on learning and having fun, rather than on tests and grades. 
  5. How long have you been in operation? Since 2002.We started out offering a handful of classes, then added more as our students requested them.
  6. Are your classes one-day workshops, or do they have multiple meetings?  We do offer some one-day workshops, and will be adding more in the future.  But most classes have multiple meetings.
  7. Do your classes still meet on the University of Washington campus? Some classes do; some meet elsewhere in the city.
  8. What sorts of classes do you offer? Our class offerings range from drawing and painting to acting, filmmaking, writing, collage, calligraphy, WordPress, Photoshop, and more.
  9. Are your classes accredited?  No, they’re not-for-credit, meaning there are no tests, grades or exams to worry about.  The focus is on learning and having fun.
  10. Do you offer certificates of completion?   Yes! Please read this page.
  11. What’s different about your school, from other schools? Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter during which enrollments are not accepted. For example, when summer classes end (in most schools), there’s a break of a few weeks before summer class dates become open for enrollment.When we designed our program, we did away with that gap.  On the day after a class or workshop begins each quarter, registration becomes active for the same class or workshop for the following quarter. For example:  If the summer session of “Moon Dancing” begins on July 7th, the winter session of “Moon Dancing” will open up for enrollment on morning of July 8th, so you don’t have to wait weeks for another opportunity to enroll. You can sign up any time, for any of our classes.
  12. How do students sign up for classes? Just click the “Sign Me Up” link and follow the prompts!  You can pay by credit/debit card or Paypal.
  13. Do you have an email list? Yes, you can join it here.
  14. Can kids sign up, or are the classes just for adults?  Most classes are designed for adults, and most of our students are over 18. Some teachers do allow younger students, but you should check first… Learn more
  15. Do you also offer online classes?  Not at this time.
  16. Do you have gift certificates?  Yes! Please visit our gift certificates page.
  17. How do I find the building(s) where classes are held? When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with driving and parking directions…  Learn more
  18. I’m a teacher, and would like to propose a class. How can I do so? Please read this page
  19. What  is your policy on withdrawals, refunds and cancelations?  Please read this page.
  20. Do you offer team building workshops (or morale workshops) for businesses?  Yes! Please read this page.
  21. Do you offer certificates of completion? Yes, we have certificates in several subject areas.  More info
  22. Is Rekindle School a part of the Experimental College? There have actually been two Experimental Colleges in Seattle. One was run by the ASUW (the student government at the University of Washington). We cosponsored classes with them for several years. When their program closed down, a new program was set up, the New Seattle Experimental College. We cosponsor classes with them too. (“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  More info.
  23. Other questions? Feel free to contact us! Email is the quickest way to reach us: rekindleschool@gmail.com
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Today’s FEATURED CLASSES

We have almost sixty classes starting soon…. here are some you may enjoy:

FILMMAKING 101: MAKING KILLER MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET

  • Interested in making your own documentaries, commercials, independent shorts or feature films, and wanting them to be as good as possible, but have a limited budget?
  • Have questions about lighting, audio, camcorders, or how to choose the best editing software?
  • This Seattle filmmaking class will answer your questions, clear up the confusion, and get you off to a good start.
  • You’ll learn how to make high-quality movies without the mistakes that are common to beginners.
  • You’ll learn money-saving methods that will move you forward toward your goals, without spending a penny more than you need to.
  • All levels are welcome.
  • Many people take this class along with Let’s Make a  Movie
  • NEED MORE INFO? CLICK HERE
  • To sign up now, click below

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Class #17506: Seattle Film Classes:
Filmmaking on a Budget
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
3 meetings: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 9


 

ACCENTS AND DIALECTS FOR ACTORS

Are you an actor, or actor-in-training, who’s interested in learning how to speak believably in a variety of different accents and dialects?

 Let’s say you’re from the midwest, but your character is from the Bronx, or that you’re auditioning for the part of a character from Germany, Russia, Italy or Australia, or a totally different part of the United States? Would you feel comfortable and confident auditioning for the part?

In this class, helpful to both voiceover actors and “regular” actors, you’ll get practice speaking all of these accents and more, along with guidance and helpful tips from the instructor, an established voiceover actor. Note: You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program.

SUNDAY CLASS – STARTS IN JULY:

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CLASS 162288: ACCENTS 101 - Sundays - starts 9/16 at 1 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults and teens (most students are adults)
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 10


SATURDAY CLASS – STARTS IN SEPTEMBER:

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Class #30829:
Accents and Dialects for Actors
Saturday morning section
Tuition: $155 + $10 registration fee
Saturdays 1pm-3pm (4 meetings)
4 classes: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 18. Spaces left: 16


DRAWING COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS

In this intensive step-by-step class, students will learn how to draw comic book pages and panels, draw simplified figures, and show them in action. You’ll learn about page layout and design; how to draw comic book pages in pencil, then finish them in ink; and how to tell stories effectively with images.  Note: You can either bring your own materials, or buy a materials kit and pick it up in the first class meeting.

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Class #27702: Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
The next meeting of this class has not been scheduled yet. For info, please email Rekindleschool@gmail.com


ACTING FOR KIDS AND TEENS: An on-camera acting class for ages 8-17.

Looking for a Seattle acting class for kids which approaches acting professionally and will get young students off to a good start?  In this fun and focused four-week class, held on the Seattle branch of the University of Washington campus:

  • Students will learn the basics of acting for the camera and working on a film set.
  • Students’ performances will be filmed and reviewed in the class.
  • Students will learn about working with and without dialogue; acting choices; eye lines; continuity; and how to work with scene partners.
  • The classroom is run like a film set, introducing students to the professionals who work on set and how to behave on set. 
  • On-Camera Acting for Children (ages 8-12) is both a fun class and a good education.  Past students have commented that they have gained a good understanding for the details of film making.
  • Instructor: Meredith Binder 
  • Learn MORE ABOUT THIS CLASS

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Class #166661:
On-Camera Acting for Kids
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Thursdays 4 pm-6 pm
Four meetings: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Kids ages 8-12
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 8


ACCENTS AND DIALECTS FOR ACTORS 102 (INTERMEDIATE)

A follow-up for students who have taken Rick’s “Accents and Dialects for Actors” class, and would like to keep learning and practicing, and using their new skills in actual scripted scenes. You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program.

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Class #158542: Accents & Dialects 102
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Please note date change:
Saturdays 1 pm- 3 pm. 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6

Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee

Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 15. Open spaces:13


FIGURE DRAWING

In this Seattle figure drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy step-by-step method, even if you’ve never drawn before. 

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist, you’re welcome in this class. Beginners will learn some basics that will help you get off to a good start. Experienced artists have also told us they find this class helpful, to bring their figure drawing into better focus.

We’ll start out by drawing some simplified figures based on shapes such as easy-to-draw shapes such as ovals and cylinders; learn about the proportions; then learn how to add shading and details to make our figures look realistic and three-dimensional.  Plus: how to draw hands and feet, how to show the figure in action, and how to draw both male and female figures. 

MATERIALS: You can bring your own art materials, or buy an inexpensive materials kit.  More info about the kit

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Class #29581: Figure Drawing
Tuition: $120 + $10 registration fee
Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm
Three meetings: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12 Spaces left: 10


MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE

“Mixed Media Collage”is a great class for accomplished artists to unlock their creativity, and a wonderful introduction for beginning collage students as well. There is absolutely no experience required! No drawing skills needed at all! No expensive tools to buy! Collage is a perfect way to get your creative feet wet. Note: There is a small materials fee payable to the instructor. Please see class page for more information.

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Class 18473 - Mixed Media Collage - meets Sat. 11/17
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
Saturday November 17, 10:30am-4 pm
Location: Artists and Craftsman Store
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Maximum enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


ACTING 101

In this fun four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform short scenes. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to some day act in movies or on stage, all levels are welcome. For students 18 and older. If you’re new to acting, you should start with this class.  You can take it just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals


ACTING 103: ACTING WITH EMOTION

In ACTING 103 (also known as ACTING WITH EMOTION), we’ll do some  improv, group exercises and scene work exploring a range of emotions, including anger, fear, love,  happiness, sadness and more, focusing on expanding our range as actors and moving beyond the pretense of emotion. If you are a beginner, please take Acting 101 and Acting 102 first.  For students 18 and older. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting.

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Class #117354: Weeknight Class
Acting 103: "Acting With Emotion"
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30 pm
Four meetings: 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 14

WRITING SHORT STORIES

In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, and how to get your writings published.  The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. 

  • To LEARN MORE about this class, CLICK HERE.
  • Ready to sign up? Click the link below

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Class 17524: Writing Fiction and Short Stories
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Mondays 6pm-8pm. 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


ACTING 104

ACTING 104 is one of our foundational acting classes, building on the techniques and approaches students learned in ACTING 101 and ACTING 102, and ACTING 103 (Acting with Emotion).  The focus is on learning to listen and respond, finding a genuine connection with your characters, and bringing more realism and believability to your performances. It’s for students who would like to move their acting to the next level. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals.

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class 110130: ACTING 104
Sundays 7pm-9pm, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Parking is FREE on the UW campus on Sundays
Max.: 12. Open spaces: 10

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

On-camera acting is different from acting on stage.  In this class, students will learn how to give their best and most effective performances when being filmed; how to walk to a mark without looking at it; how to make the camera their scene partner; and how to make their performance larger or smaller, while staying true to your character and his or her motivation. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in ActingIMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a Beginning Acting class. If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #89852:
Acting for the Camera
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Thursdays 7 pm-9 pm
Four meetings: 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Open to: Adults 18 and older
Max. enrollment: 12. Open spaces: 5

COLORED PENCIL DRAWING

Looking for a colored pencil class in Seattle that’s easy, step-by-step, and designed for total beginners?  A class where you can learn how to draw in color using high quality pencils, in beautiful, vibrant hues?  Our Colored Pencil class for beginners is a good place to start.

In this class, you’ll spend the day drawing in color, working from visuals created by the instructor, so you can work at your own pace, consulting with the instructor whenever you need help. Most students find it a fun, relaxing way to learn this interesting medium. Oh, and, the class is held in an art supply store. So you can bring your own materials, or buy the ones recommended by the instructor while you’re in the store.

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Class 21910 - COLORED PENCIL DRAWING -
Sunday 12/9 10:30-4 pm
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: Artist and Craftsman Store
(University District in Seattle)


AUDITIONING 101

In this information-packed workshop, you’ll learn:

  • Where to find auditions Seattle area
  • How to identify roles that would be good for YOU to audition for (and roles to avoid)
  • How to increase your odds of actually getting cast
  • How to prepare for an audition
  • The six things you should always bring to every audition
  • Audition etiquette: how to make a good, not bad, first impression
  • How to film your own audition
  • How to identify your type and age range (and why both matter)
  • The differences between stage auditions and camera auditions
  • How to find the “good” acting agencies, and avoid the scams
  • how to get professional-quality headshots taken at an affordable price
  • How to film and audition, then put it online
  • How to tell which “auditions” are scams, and which are legit
  • How to write a good acting resume, whether you’re experienced or a beginner.
  • You’ll also learn an easy and effective way of doing cold reads, and learn the etiquette or auditioning. 

As the class moves along, we’ll do practice exercises and warm-ups to make more comfortable with the auditioning process, and you’ll get honest feedback about how to improve. The instructor has directed for stage and film for over twenty years.  His movies have played in international film festivals. NOTE: You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals

Open for enrollment.  Sign up now using the link below:

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Class #17407: Auditioning 101
Tuition: $125 + $10 registration fee
Sat. 9/8, 10am-5pm
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Spaces left:13

IMPROV 101

Looking for Improv classes in Seattle that are fun, fast-paced and energetic? This enjoyable introductory class, taught by an instructor with years of experience, is a great place to start.

You’ll play, laugh, focus and have fun while learning how to let go of preconceptions and let go of worrying about failure. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Looking for a class? Let us know!

We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what sorts of classes you’re searching for or interested in.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions, thoughts or requests for new courses.

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NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP

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Class #17526
WRITE YOUR NOVEL
Seattle: University of Washington
Dates and times have not yet been scheduled for this class. If you'd like to be notified when they are, please email us at rekindleschool@gmail.com

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Thinking about writing a novel? Or have one underway, and looking for a boost to move it toward completion?  In this Seattle novel writing class, we’ll look at character, plot andstudents writin111story structure, and do some in-class writing exercises to get you rolling. Plus, you’ll learn how to use a traditional story structure with roots in myth and legend, to solve common story structure problems and bring your novel into focus.

Students will have the opportunity to share their writings in class and get feedback from the instructors and others. You’ll also learn about how to approach publishers, copyrighting your novel and more.  Whether you’re in the early planning stages of writing a novel, or have been thinking about one for a while and need a boost to get it moving again, this class will help.  More Seattle Writing Classes


HANDS WRITING SMALLABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Nils Osmar has taught writing for fifteen years. His first book, The Hungry Time, was published in 1996, and was featured on public radio and Alaska Reader.  It is available on Amazon.com


Hi, Nils:

You may not remember me, but a few years ago I took my first-ever creative writing class with you… The class had such a profound impact on me that I immediately applied to graduate programs to pursue a Master’s Degree in creative writing. I was fortunate to be accepted to a wonderful school in Los Angeles, and recently graduated with distinction. I have also completed my first novel, and many times throughout the writing/editing process, I would sometimes hear your voice in my head saying, “Show, don’t tell,” and, “Watch for excessive modifiers.” 

I also teach English now, and I’ve realized how meaningful it can be to hear from students who have valued your instruction. To that end, I want to thank you for giving me my first “push” and encouraging me to continue doing what I love. I plan to move back to Seattle in the coming months, and I hope I’ll run into you sometime so I can thank you in person.

I hope you’re continuing to teach and to inspire. 

Sincerely,
Kristen B.


Want to thank you again for a great class.  Your low key way of teaching is informative but not overwhelming.  I am looking forward to working on my novel.

Smooth sailing to you..

S. Allbright



 


WRITING FICTION and SHORT STORIES

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Class 17524: Writing Fiction and Short Stories
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Mondays 6pm-8pm. 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


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writing-class-seattle-pics-1024x317In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.

You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, strategies for getting published, and ways to make money as a writer.   The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. Instructor: Nils Osmar

To view all of our writing classes, click to visit our Seattle Writing Classes page


“I liked the combination of handouts, presentation, discussion, and reading student writing for feedback. The combination of all of these separate tools helped reinforce concepts and make each two hour session productive and varied. Nils makes the classroom comfortable for people at all levels.” – J.F., Bellevue (scroll down for more student comments)


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Nils Osmar has written stories, articles, stageplays and screenplays. He has been teaching writing for fifteen years. He has written and published poems, magazine articles, short stories, stageplays and screenplays. His short story collection, The Hungry Time, was published in 1996, and was featured on public radio and Alaska Reader.  It is available on Amazon.com

ABOUT THE SCHOOL
“Writing Fiction and Short Stories” is open to everyone; you don’t have to be already be proficient in writing, to sign up.  (If an enrollee is under 18, please contact us first to make sure the class is a good “fit” for the student)

MATERIALS
Just bring a pad and pen (or, it’s fine to bring a laptop for in-class writing if you prefer).

STUDENT COMMENTS ABOUT THIS CLASS

What a wonderful experience your writing class is!  I was amazed at what I was able to produce in this short time, and I feel much more confident about what makes an interesting short story.  The tone you set for the class was so constructive and instructive that you brought out the best in all of us. Thank you so much for this enriching class! – Marianne N., Seattle

Hi, Nils: You may not remember me, but a few years ago I took my first-ever creative writing class with you …. The class had such a profound impact on me that I immediately applied to graduate programs to pursue a Master’s Degree in creative writing. I was fortunate to be accepted to a wonderful school in Los Angeles, and recently graduated with distinction. I have also completed my first novel, and many times throughout the writing/editing process, I would sometimes hear your voice in my head saying, “Show, don’t tell,” and, “Watch for excessive modifiers.” 

I also teach English now, and I’ve realized how meaningful it can be to hear from students who have valued your instruction. To that end, I want to thank you for giving me my first “push” and encouraging me to continue doing what I love. I plan to move back to Seattle in the coming months, and I hope I’ll run into you sometime so I can thank you in person. I hope you’re continuing to teach and to inspire.  Sincerely, K. Bashaw

Thanks again for the writing class this quarter. I found your comments on my stories, and other students’ stories, helpful and to the point. You said what you thought, but without trashing anybody. I also appreciated being able to hear other students’ comments on what I’d written. – Megan C. (Edmonds)

I liked the format, and the chance to things aloud…. hearing my own stories was an eye-opener. Just hearing them, I could tell when they were working or where the cuts needed to be. It was also great having a chance to get so much feedback. – Bill K. (Seattle)

I spent two years not writing and getting ragged about it. I have to say that during your class I started writing and I’ve been writing my b_lls off ever since. It worked for me totally. – Andy J. (Seattle)

I loved your class. – J.L., Seattle

Thanks for a fun and interesting class. I appreciate how you value each student for their individual voice and style, and how you encourage and bring out the best in each of us. I always learn new and effective ways to look at things when I take one of your classes… – Barb B. (Bellevue)

Thanks for an excellent class. The exercises were enjoyable. It was a pleasure to be in such a creative group.- Marylin H. (Bellevue)

I took it because I was “stuck” in journaling, and wanted to shake myself loose and open up my writing abilities and inclinations in some new directions. Your suggestions and comments were great. I’m unstuck. Thank you!!!! I’ll be back in the fall to take the class again. – Marie L., Lake Forest Park

I found this class to be both fun and educational thanks to both Nils and everyone in the class. -M.L, Seattle

Suzie and I had lunch together today and we were commenting on how much we appreciated the gracious and respectful manner in which you taught the class. We both feel SO thankful to have ‘happened’ to have chosen your writing class, and we want to say THANKS NILS! The group you’ve birthed and created has lots of energy! (We’ve formed a writing group and are) plan to meet every 2 weeks. – M.C., Seattle


Categories for this class: Seattle Writing Classes, Creative Writing Classes

SEATTLE WRITING CLASSES

  • Love writing, and want to get back into it? Or thinking it might be fun to try your hand at it for the first time?
  • Our Seattle writing classes are non-credit courses for the general community, open to everyone – so the focus is on having fun and learning, not on grades or tests.
  • For dates, times and locations, scroll down.

  1. Basics of English Composition
  2. Self-Publishing Workshop: The Life and Times of Me
  3. Screenwriting 101
  4. Writing Fiction and Short Stories
  5. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  6. Novel Writing Workshop

SCREENWRITING 101

Looking for a screenwriting class that covers the fundamentals, and gives you an opportunity to write and workshop some actual scenes and short scripts? In this Seattle screenwriting class, open to both beginners and experienced writers, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, do exercises to develop your screenwriting skills, and get helpful feedback on your writings.

MORE INFO: CLICK HERE

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Class 17534: Screenwriting 101:
Mondays 6pm-8pm, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5

Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee

Where: University of Washington campus

Max. enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 4


 

WRITING SHORT STORIES

In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, and how to get your writings published.  The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. 

  • To LEARN MORE about this class, CLICK HERE.
  • Ready to sign up? Click the link below

Sign Me Up!

Class 17524: Writing Fiction and Short Stories
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Mondays 6pm-8pm. 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10




Student comments

Hi, Nils:

You may not remember me, but a few years ago I took my first-ever creative writing class with you… The class had such a profound impact on me that I immediately applied to graduate programs to pursue a Master’s Degree in creative writing. I was fortunate to be accepted to a wonderful school in Los Angeles, and recently graduated with distinction. I have also completed my first novel, and many times throughout the writing/editing process, I would sometimes hear your voice in my head saying, “Show, don’t tell,” and, “Watch for excessive modifiers.”

I also teach English now, and I’ve realized how meaningful it can be to hear from students who have valued your instruction. To that end, I want to thank you for giving me my first “push” and encouraging me to continue doing what I love. I plan to move back to Seattle in the coming months, and I hope I’ll run into you sometime so I can thank you in person.

I hope you’re continuing to teach and to inspire.

Sincerely,
Kristen B.

Thanks for a fun and interesting class. I appreciate how you value each student for their individual voice and style, and how you encourage and bring out the best in each of us. I always learn new and effective ways to look at things when I take one of your classes… – Barb B. (Bellevue)

Thanks again for the writing class this quarter. I found your comments on my stories, and other students’ stories, helpful and to the point. You said what you thought, but without trashing anybody. I also appreciated being able to hear other students’ comments on what I’d written. – Megan C. (Edmonds)

I took it because I was “stuck” in journaling, and wanted to shake myself loose and open up my writing abilities and inclinations in some new directions. Your suggestions and comments were great. I’m unstuck. Thank you!!!! I’ll be back in the fall to take the class again. – Marie L., Lake Forest Park


Writers on writing:

“The most interesting thing about writing is the way that it obliterates time. Three hours seem like three minutes. Then there is the business of surprise. I never know what is coming next. The phrase that sounds in the head changes when it appears on the page. … That’s why I go on, I suppose. To see what the next sentences I write will be.” – Gore Vidal

“A writer is a vehicle.  I feel the story I am writing existed before I existed; I’m just the slob who finds it, and rather clumsily tries to do it, and the characters, justice.  I think of writing fiction as doing justice to the people in the story, and doing justice to their story – it’s not my story…” – John Irving

“I’m sure that writing isn’t a craft, that is, something for which you learn the skills and go on turning out.  It must come from some deep impulse, deep inspiration.  That can’t be taught, it can’t be what you use in teaching.” – Robert Lowell

“Maybe writing can’t be taught, but editing can be taught.” – Donald Barthelme

WRITING SHORT STORIES

In this enjoyable Seattle writing class,  students will learn about the elements of short story writing;  get practice coming up with stories of their own; and have opportunities to get feedback from the instructor and others.  You’ll also learn how to copyright your writings, and how to get your writings published.  The focus in the class is on developing our skills and learning to let the process happen easily and spontaneously. 

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Class 17524: Writing Fiction and Short Stories
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Mondays 6pm-8pm. 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


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Dozens of fun, affordable classes in the arts!

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  • Classesandworkshops is an independent educational program.  
  • Our classes meet in Seattle, on the University of Washington campus and other locations.

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Our philosophy

Our philosophy is that being creative is a natural part of life. Anyone can learn to write, draw, act, sing, or express themselves creatively in other ways. Training is more important than “talent” — and when you take classes, you may find a talent for something you’ve never tried before.  If you’d like to have fun and start learning a new skill, we’re here to help.

Class locations

Class locations include the University of Washington campus, Lake City Community Center, PNC, Greenwood Center, and more.

Fun, focused classes

Some of our classes have several meetings; others are one day workshops.  Many introductory classes, such as Acting 101, have follow-up classes (such as Acting 102, Acting 103, Let’s Make a Movie) that students are free to take if they would like to keep learning.

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You can always sign up!

Most schools have a gap of several weeks each quarter during which enrollments are not processed. For example, when spring classes end for the quarter (in most schools), it may be a month or two before summer class dates become open for enrollment. When we designed our program, we did away with that gap.

This means that on the day after a class starts each quarter, registration becomes active for the same class for the following quarter. (If the spring session of “Widgets for Wabbits” begins on June 1, the summer session of “Widgets for Wabbits” opens up for enrollment on June 2) (literally the next day).
This means that you don’t have to wait weeks for the next round of enrollments to begin. You can sign up any time, for any of our Seattle classes.  Early enrollment is recommended, because most classes fill up. 

Classes and workshops in ACTINGARTS & CRAFTSFILMMAKINGIMPROV and COMEDY • MAKE-UP • MUSIC & SINGINGPHOTOGRAPHYSOFTWAREWRITING and more!  For a FULL LIST of classes, CLICK HERE.

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SEATTLE ACTING CLASS COMMENTS

“…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.   If you would like to, please feel free to share my story with your other students and on the website.

…I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California. I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor. Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W. – Robert C., Hollywood

Best wishes and with my sincerest gratitude, Joey Coverson”

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SEATTLE FILM CLASS COMMENTS

…I just want to thank you for the (crash course in filmmaking) classes. I never learned so much over a short period of time and remembered it. You wasted no time on the non-essentials.

I greatly appreciate the fact that you were very receptive to everyone’s questions. Your experience, dedication, and passion for film making made this a fantastic learning experience for me.

I want you to know that taking this class has truly made a difference for me. I lost the fear to shoot and produce films. It has given me the knowledge and skills I was seeking and the confidence I need to step into film making.

I have to tell you — you are an incredible teacher! I cannot thank you ENOUGH!  I’ll definitely recommend this class to all my friends. Thanks so much for the highly engaging and inspiring class. – J. Vega

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SEATTLE ART CLASS COMMENTS

Thanks for taking some time before the class to help me figure out which class I should take. You weren’t just trying to “sell” me a class, you helped me find the one that would be a good next step for me. – M.J. (Seattle)

SEATTLE SOFTWARE CLASS COMMENTS

“I have enjoyed your class. You have been providing great direction for what to look for in SEO and things that you can do to improve anyone’s rankings…. I liked the presentation style, very good information.” – Jim Hopper, Seattle

“The exercise you did using one of your own websites as an example, and showing how the right changes could raise it in the search engine results, was really helpful.” – E.W., Tacoma.

For more comments and reviews about our Seattle classes, see the individual class pages.   See also: More info and reviews


Certificates of Completion

CERTIFICATE111You can take classes just for fun, or earn Certificates of Completion in several subject areas.  (Working for a certificate is a great way to organize your studies in a given subject area.) We offer certificates of completion in:


 

Seattle classes open for enrollment:

ACTING CLASSES

  1. Acting 101
  2. Acting 102
  3. Acting Workshop
  4. Acting for the Camera
  5. Accents and Dialects for Actors 
  6. Auditioning
  7. Improv 101 
  8. Let’s Make a Movie!
  9. Monologue Workshop 
  10. Stand-Up Comedy
  11. Voiceover 101 Tuesday class 
  12. Voiceover 101 Saturday class 
  13. Voiceover 102 Saturday class 
  14. Voiceover 102 Tuesday class 

ART CLASSES

  1. Acrylic Painting 
  2. Caricature (Humorous Portraits)
  3. Cartooning 1-day workshop
  4. Cartooning 3-week class
  5. Colored Pencil Drawing
  6. Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels 
  7. Drawing for Absolute Beginners
  8. Drawing in Pen, Brush and Ink
  9. Calligraphy
  10. How to Draw People
  11. Learn to Draw in a Day 
  12. Learn to Draw in a Day 
  13. Mixed Media Collage 
  14. Oil Painting   
  15. Palette Knife Painting 
  16. Perspective Drawing 
  17. Watercolor Painting
  18. Painting Landscapes in Watercolor

FILM CLASSES

  1. Crash Course in Filmmaking 
  2. Let’s Make a Movie! 
  3. Screenwriting 101

MUSIC CLASSES

  1. Singing for beginners 

SOFTWARE CLASSES

  1. Photoshop 
  2. SEO: Search Engine Optimization
  3. Sketchup
  4. Video Editing in Premiere Pro
  5. WordPress 

WRITING CLASSES

  1. Screenwriting 101
  2. Writing From Your Life 
  3. Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy  
  4. Writing Short Stories 
  5. Writing Your Novel 

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If you ever have difficulty finding or signing up for a class, please contact us.  We’ll be glad to help!

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We’d love to hear from you:  Who you are, what sorts of classes you’re searching for or interested in.  Feel free to drop us an email with any questions, thoughts or requests for new courses. See you in class!

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