Writing Team


Sara yamasaki

Head Instructor Sara Yamasaki is a writer, multi-sensory learning specialist, and certified teacher with over 30 years experience teaching students from the elementary to graduate school levels. She is trained in the Slingerland® Approach and Lindamood-Bell® Learning Processes, and Wired for Reading. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching English, specializing in composition and rhetoric and is a recipient of a Hedgebrook writing residency. She believes everyone has an authentic voice, everyone has genius, and everyone can write.


Peggy Sturdivant

Writing Instructor Peggy Sturdivant facilitates adult writing workshops throughout Seattle and is founder of the Ballard Writers Collective. She curates the reading series, It's About Time, a welcoming venue for new and experienced voices. She has worked in educational outreach, is co-author of the non-fiction book, Out of Nowhere, and writes a weekly column for a local publication. Peggy finds that writing helps her process everyday life. She also believes that, "It takes a group to raise a writer."


Linda Dodge

Writing Instructor Linda Dodge is a freelance writer who has worked as a writing consultant for both University of Washington Bothell Campus and the Northshore School District. Linda works privately with writers of all ages with all types of writing. She specializes in writing personal experience essays/personal statements.  Reading a piece for her is about connecting and feeling the writer’s message.   She believes original ideas and personal experience bring out the voice and writer in all of us.


August Evans

Writing Instructor August Evans has been teaching writers of all ages for more than a decade, and is the founder of the "In Search of Duende" series on Fanzine and the "Blackcackle" series on Entropy. She believes, like Grace Paley, that everyone is eloquent when writing their own story.


Mark Holtzen

Writing Instructor Mark Holtzen has taught elementary school, including science, for many years. He writes picture books and novels for children, as well as personal essays. He believes sharing his own messy creative process is one way he helps writers of all ages uncover their stories, thereby empowering us all to learn about one another, and ourselves.


Corbin Lewars

Writing Instructor Corbin Lewars is the author of Creating a Life: The memoir of a writer and mom in the making, the divorce guide book Losing Him, Gaining You (2013), and the novel Swings (2015). While the editor of Verve, a Seattle women's magazine, she realized she had a gift for midwifing people's stories. She began freelancing as a writing coach and developmental editor fifteen years ago and continues midwifing stories with clients in Seattle and afar. She holds a Master's in Education and teaches writing classes at the Richard Hugo House and national conferences.


Crescent McGlone

Writing Instructor Crescent McGlone is a writer, spoken word artist, certified teacher, and Director of Creative Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She believes everyone has a story to share, everyone has a lesson to teach, and everyone's story can inspire someone else's story.


Michele Bacon

Writing Instructor Michele Bacon writes novel-length fiction for adults and young adults. Her first novel, Life Before, was released in 2016, and her second, Antipodes, publishes April 2018. Michele works privately with other writers to hone their craft and edit their work. Michele loves helping writers find their voice; she believes everyone has rich stories within them, and she wants to read yours.


Lisa Cooper

Writing Instructor Lisa Cooper is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. She evaluates writing for Seattle's Franklin High School and teaches The Hero's Journey, a creative writing workshop at the Monroe Correctional Complex. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Film and works full time in the film industry. She believes writing empowers and heals.