Seattle-based Writer, Author, Poet, Writing Teacher
Upcoming Dancing with the Muse in Old Age Events

Upcoming Jack Straw Cultural Center Events

I will be hosting the 2023 Jack Straw Readings at the Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 98105 and available (free) on Facebook and YouTube. You are cordially invited! Cost is $10 and you get the 2023 Jack Straw anthology.

Friday May 5, 2023, 7 pm. Garfield Hillson, Geri Gale, David K. Rea, and Hana Choi.

Friday May 12, 2023, 7 pm. Stephen Reed Griggs, Sumu Tasib, Carla Shafer, and Brian Dang.

Friday May 19, 2023. Jim Cantú, Julene Tripp Weaver, Nancy Mburu, and Kaitlyn Teer.

Jack Straw Readings at Folklife! 

Saturday May 27, 2023. 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Center Theatre. David K. Rea, Jim Cantú, Kaitlyn Teer.

Sunday May 28, 2023, 2 pm to 3 pm, Center Theatre. Nancy Mburu, Brian Dang, Sumu Tasib, Stephen Reed Griggs

Monday May 29, 2023, 2 to 3 pm., Center Theatre. Carla Shafer, Julene Tripp Weaver, Garfield Hillson.

November 4, 2023. 2 pm. Seattle Public Library, downtown libraries. Jack Straw Reading with all the writing fellows.

Past Events: 2023

Dancing with the Muse in Old Age Events
  • March 27, 2023. Ron Roel, 45 Forward:

    Priscilla Long: Why Old Age May Be Your Prime Time for Creative Productivity

  • March 29, 2023: Village Books, Bellingham. Poetry class in the late afternoon. Evening, an in-person presentation on Dancing with the Muse in Old Age.
  • February 24, 2023. In-person event, Redmond Association of Spoken Word (RASP).7 p. m.
  • February 9, 2023: 7 p.m. Town Hall: Creating and Aging: How the Arts Help Us Thrive in Old Age. A conversation with Priscilla Long and visual artist Elayne Vogel.  Presented by by Northwest Center for Creative Aging.
  • January 19, 2023. Edmonds Bookshop 6. pm. In-person event to honor Edmonds poet John Wright
  • January 17, 2023. Presentation at Mary Schwartz Summit Retirement Community.

Past Events: 2022

  • November 8: pub date!
  • November 11: Podcast with life coach Deborah Voll, “Calm the Chaos” podcast. 7 a.m. Pacific time
  • November 15, 2022: Elliott Bay Books launch on Eventbrite, 6 p.m. Pacific time. You can watch the event on YouTube here:
  • November 18, 2022: Interview with Donna Seebo
  • November 19, 2022: Bookfest, Phinney Neighborhood Center. I signed and read along with other fabulous authors.
  • November 22: Coming of Age webinar with Jeff Nessler 4 pm Pacific time, 7 pm EST (Presbyterian Senior Services)
  • December 1, 2022: Conversation with Marsha Casper Cook and Jack Remick.
  • December 7, 2022: Interview with William Kenower, Author Magazine
  • December 9, 2022: Live presentation at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Writing Courses Offered

Note: For the writer, the journey from wishful to virtuoso is one whose alchemical transformations occur entirely within a process of work. In our classes we work very hard. Are you ready to work and have you cleared enough time to do every assignment to the best of your ability? That is the question to ask yourself as you consider taking one or another of these courses. Oh, yes, we do have fun. But we groan too, and we work.  

June Intensive 2023. 

Held on ZOOM. The virus is not over and also, we now welcome writers who can’t get to Seattle without driving (or flying) for six hours. Six sessions. Cost  $400. Held from 7 to 9 in the evening.  Final portfolio is due postmarked day after Labor Day on Septmeber 5. Limited to 12. I send the link shortly before class and am available on Zoom at 6:30 to chat. 

In this seminar we will compose, as usual, two new pieces (can be short fiction or nonfiction) and revise a work-in-progress to completion. We will work on sentences, as we do. We now do all sentence work from week to week. The portfolios (three pieces plus the List of Works) will be due postmarked on September 5, 2023.
Form: Instead of a particular structure, in this class we will focus on the craft skill of using colors in the work. Red, raspberry, blood, red ocher, ruby, rose, crimson….
Theme: Water
Required books:
The Writer’s Portable Mentor, second edition.
Our extra Book: A. S. Byatt, The Matisse Stories
Reader brought by Priscilla
We will meet:
Class 1: Monday, June 5, 2023
Class 2: Monday, June 12, 2023
Class 3: Monday, June 19, 2023′
Class 4: Monday, June 26, 2023
Skip July 3, 2023
Clas 5: Monday, July 10, 2023
Class 6: Monday, July 17, 2023