Events With Writers Connection Staff

Kahini Writers Center-Olympia  Craft, community, inspiration Location:

The Abigail Stuart House (1002 Washington Street) Contact:  Register call 360-531-1472 or register on line

Introduction to Nonfiction taught by Elizabeth Corcoran Murray

Whether you are writing a magazine article or a book, essay, memoir, or travel piece, a successful story will convey fresh ideas, intriguing facts, and spark emotion. In this class, we discuss how to begin from the point of passion or curiosity, then write with clarity and simplicity, even if the topic is profound and complex. This fun class offers support and encouragement as we explore the extensive breadth of non-fiction writing, with focus on the individual needs of the participating students. Tues. evenings, 4-6 pm, August 5-September 23. (No class August 27)

Memoir Workshop taught by Elizabeth Corcoran Murray

Write your compelling story, based on your memory, journals, and/or interviews with families and friends. Review the elements of writing from the macro –vivid characters and setting, dramatic scenes with tension, to the micro –word selection, powerful sentences, and chapters which spring from the page. This dynamic class provides safety and friendship as well as fun and support. Perfect for the aspiring writer or one who has written for years. August 5-September 23. (No class August 27) Tues. evenings, 6-8 pm


Elizabeth Corcoran Murray has published articles ranging from Lady Gaga to Paralympics. Her non-fiction short story, “The Urban Goatherd,” a Pushcart nominee, is about her transformation living off the grid in the mountains of France. Written under the name, E.C. Murray, her book A Long Way from Paris, was named a KIRKUS Best Book of the Year. Elizabeth teaches creative writing at Seattle Central College and founded Writers Connection, Excerpts from interviews about writing are in Writers Unblocked: Insightful Tips from Readers and Writers in and around Seattle by E.C. Murray.

 Additional classes taught at by other faculty at Kahini Olympia Writing Center: fiction, poetry, the narrative of illness, and introduction to the short fiction of James Joyce.

Free Writers Room at Tacoma Community College Thursdays, 4-7 P.M.

The Gig Harbor branch of Tacoma Community College on Hunt St. hosts a Free Writers Room every Thursdays. Writers bring their laptops or their pen and papers and write silently on their own project. It's like a the most silent study hall you can imagine. Writers find that they accomplish far more writing in a room where other writers are practicing their craft. A foyer is outside the room, if writers want to eat or chat or take a break. A fun, effective way to be productive in your writing. Questions? Contact E.C. Murray at 


“Jumpstart Your Writing - A class for any writer” at Seattle Central College May 15 - May 29 (Wednesday evenings) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Spark your creativity and motivate yourself to write riveting fiction and non-fiction. Whether this is your first writing class or a refresher, learn to weave character, plot, and prose into strong essays or stories. Have fun, make friends, and write away! Seattle Central College, Room: 1139H, 1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122;  $149.00

Libraries Unbound Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., 

Keynote Speaker: Amy Tan Author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter and Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

  • 14th Annual Friends of the Libraries fundraising dinner and author salon (formerly Literary Voices)

  • Dine at tables with notable authors to support the UW Libraries

  • The HUB Ballrooms

  • Tickets: $150 per person or $1,500 per table

  • Register

  • More information:

Library Guide for all Literary Voices and Libraries Unbound authors

2019 Table Authors:

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX), or, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.