A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

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WITS Voices: Praising the Particular

By Lisa Wells, WITS Writer-in-Residence I think of writing as a practice of awareness, a habit of heightened attention to detail—to light, gesture, sensation, intonation—and I try to approach the teaching of writing with the same quality of attention, awake to the shifting dynamics of the classroom. Good writing demands that we be awake in […]

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Next on the SAL Podcast: Adam Davidson

In our latest episode of SAL/on air, our literary podcast featuring talks from across Seattle Arts & Lectures’ thirty years, we hear from Adam Davidson, the co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money and an economics writer at The New Yorker. Davidson joined us earlier this year, on January 22, for a Journalism Series discussion of his book, […]

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Faces of SAL: Lynn Dissinger

We’ve enjoyed Lynn Dissinger’s warm presence at our events so much! A SAL volunteer, she’s helped us out at many events over the course of the year, so we’re excited to feature her in this new edition of Faces of SAL, our on-going series about the volunteers, staffers, and other behind-the-scenes folks you should know […]

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Meet Nancy Tollefson, our Words Matter 2020 Committee Chair

SAL Board Member Nancy Tollefson picked up the baton to chair this year’s Words Matter 2020 Gala Committee, and she’s had a smile on her face the entire time. An inspiring, fun, and natural leader, Nancy has been working tirelessly behind the scenes and cheering as each auction item has been procured, delicious desserts donated […]

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An Update on COVID-19

We’re all concerned about the developments of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in King County, and the precautions we need to take as an organization and as individuals to stay healthy. At Seattle Arts & Lectures, we are carefully monitoring all updates from the Washington State Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and King County Public […]

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Late Bloomers: A Comic by David Lasky

At our recent Local Voices reading on February 10 at Hugo House, WITS Writer-in-Residence David Lasky gave some much-needed advice for creatives everywhere—especially for those of us who consider ourselves “late bloomers” in the arts. We just had to share it with you, below! David Lasky teaches comics writing through WITS at Renaissance School of […]

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WITS Voices: Clearing the Lowest Bar—The Writing Warm-Up

By Karen Finneyfrock, WITS Writer-in-Residence There is a funny idea about inspiration that lurks in our culture. The idea holds that poets are just people who walk around, waiting to be struck by a fit of unexpected inspiration. We collectively imagine poets like hikers in the woods, and poetic inspiration a mountain lion watching silently, […]

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An Interview with Amy Wheeler

Beyond being a celebrated arts nonprofit leader, Amy Wheeler, the outgoing Executive Director of Hedgebrook, is a playwright, theatre artist, and teacher. Under her 16-year leadership, Hedgebrook—an organization based on Whidbey Island and in Seattle—grew from a writers-in-residence program supporting 60-80 women-identified writers a year, plus a Playwrights Festival, to a global community of several […]

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Introducing Piper, Our New WITS Program Associate!

Meet Piper Daugharty, SAL’s new WITS Program Associate! Piper is originally from Homer, Alaska and is recent a graduate of the University of Washington’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. She sat down with us to answer five questions about what she does, where she comes from, and more . . . Welcome aboard! Your position […]

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An Interview with Ada’s Technical Books, Capitol Hill’s Haven for Geeks

What’s easily the best thing about our SAL offices being located in north Capitol Hill? We’re steps away from the beautiful, smart bookshop, Ada’s Technical Books. Our only bookstore partner that specializes in science-minded literature, Ada’s is named after Ada Lovelace, one of the world’s first computer programmers (and daughter of Lord Byron, to boot). Ada’s is […]

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