2022 WITS Back-to-School Fundraiser Celebration

2022 WITS Back-to-School Fundraiser Celebration

Past Event: Friday, September 30, 2022

At The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion at Stoneburner

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In Person

You are joyfully invited to celebrate the final stretch of our 2022 Back-to-School Fundraiser for Writers in the Schools!

All month long, we’re raising $160,000 to support WITS Writers-in-Residence as they creatively engage thousands of public school students this year. On Friday, September 30, get a glimpse into the WITS experience and toast to all we’ll make possible as a community!

Can’t attend?
Make a gift to WITS!



A cocktail reception
& WITS Broadsides silent auction

Creative Writing Lesson led by
Brian Dang, WITS Writer-in-Residence

Literary Readings featuring
Amy Hirayama, WITS Writer-in-Residence
Sierra Nelson, WITS Writer-in-Residence
Sah Pham, 2022/23 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate
Jay Aquinas Thompson, WITS Writer-in-Residence

An opportunity to support WITS




Virginia Anderson | Candace Barron | Sarah Burns
Melanie Curtice | Debra D. Dahlen | Piper Daugharty
Jim Duncan | Daphne Ming Durham | Kathleen Flenniken
Laura Gamache | Kip Greenthal | Susan Long-Walsh
Kelli Martin | Arlene Naganawa | Eric Gerard Parsons
Meg Richman | Rebecca Staffel | Sheehan Sullivan
Nancy Tollefson | Leigh Toner | Lisa Howe Verhovek
Nicole Y. Walters | Jennifer Leatherman Wong
Julie Zunker

Event Details

The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion at Stoneburner

5214 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

View directions.

Know Before You Go


The safety of our patrons, artists, community partners, staff, and volunteers continues to be important to us. We will require attendees to provide proof of vaccination at check-in. Masking is encouraged, except when actively eating or drinking.

Transportation & Parking

The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion is located within Hotel Ballard on the fifth floor. Enter through Hotel Ballard’s entrance at 5214 Ballard Ave NW, to the left of Stoneburner when facing the restaurant. The elevator is on your left when you enter the building.

Parking is available at Hotel Ballard’s on-site underground parking garage starting at $3/hour. The garage entrance is located on 20th Ave NW, between Leary Ave NW and Ballard Ave NW. Pay as you enter, park, then take the elevator to Hotel Ballard’s lobby. Once in the lobby, take the elevator directly across from you to the rooftop.

Additional parking is available a couple blocks away at the Swedish Hospital Ballard Campus Garage at 5300 Tallman Ave NW (view directions). Rates are $10 to park for 2-4 hours.


The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion is wheelchair accessible and fully ADA compliant. Accessible restrooms are located adjacent to the elevator, and accessible parking is available in the 55-spot Hotel Ballard parking garage. If there are other accommodations that will make your experience better, email wbae@lectures.org. We would love to hear from you.