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October 6–November 10: Introduction to Memoir Writing, virtual via Seattle Central College/Continuing Education. Six Weekly classes. 5:30-7pm. 

October 1 at Hugo House: A 3-hour, in-person seminar: More Questions Than Answers: When Memoir Writing Becomes the Story of the Search.

Podcast now available:“The Transformative Power of Memoir,” produced by the China-US Women’s Foundation from a May 2020 CUSWF seminar.

Event Archive:


July: Two virtual seminars via Hugo House: When Memory is Not Enough (July 9) and Finding Your Own True Voice (July 16).

May 15: Virtual mini-class via Hugo House Write-o-rama.

April 5-May 10: Memoir Writing Workshop, Seattle Central College/Continuing Education. Six weekly classes. Virtual.

January 11-February 15: Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College/Continuing Education. Six weekly classes. Virtual.


October 12-November 16, Seattle Central College/Continuing Education, Memoir Writing Workshop. Six weekly classes. Virtual.

October 2, Write On The Sound Writers’ Conference, Memory and Imagination: Tools for Writers of Memoir. Virtual.

September 11, 18, 25, Hugo House, The Practice of Slow Writing. A 3-part class. Virtual.

April 20-May 25, 2021, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College . Virtual.

April 18, Hugo House, The Art of Slow Writing. A 3-hour seminar. Virtual.

April 11, Hugo House, Taking Notes from Your Life: Journal Writing. A 3-hour seminar. Virtual.

Jan 5-Feb 9, 2021, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College. Virtual.

Jan 5-Feb 16, 2021: Introduction to Memoir Writing, Wesley Homes (online; for residents only)

Jan 30, 2021, Hugo House: When Memory is not Enough. A 3-hour seminar. (online)


Dec 21, 2020: Writing Against the Darkness: a virtual Solstice gathering for writers in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association’s #TheLongestDay fundraising event. 

Nov 11-Dec 16: Introduction to Memoir Writing, Wesley Homes (online; for residents only)

October 25, Hugo House: Writing Memoir In the Middle of it All. A 3-hour seminar (online).

September 30-November 4, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College (online).

September 23, Hugo House: Taking Notes from Your Life: Journal Writing (online.)

August 22, Hugo House: Heart and Soul: a 3-hour seminar for nonfiction writers (online).

August 8, Hugo House: Getting Over Your Fear of Going Dark: a 3-hour seminar for nonfiction writers. (online).

July 12, Hugo House: Write-O-Rama. Participating teacher (online).

June 13: Summer Half-Day Memoir Writing Workshop (online), offered privately.

June 10-18: a four-part journal-writing class for residents of the Wesley Homes in Des Moines, WA (online).

April 13–May 18, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College (online).

February 26: Seminar on memoir writing, Swedish Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Jan 22–Feb 26, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College.


Dec 3, The Royal Room, Seattle: Book Launch for Wild Isle in the City: Tales from Seward Park’s First 100 years, edited by Paul Talbert.

Sept 25-Oct 30, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College.

October 5, Five Senses, Fresh Insights: Tools for Writers of Memoir, Write on The Sound Conference, Edmonds, WA.

April 1-May 6, Introduction to Memoir Writing, Seattle Central College.

Feb 1-2: When Memory Becomes Memoir, Perspectives on Memory Conference, Frye Museum, Seattle and Centrum, Port Townsend WA.


Oct 25: Panelist, “The Slow Movement: a More Meaningful Approach,” GrapeVine Women, Seattle.

Fall 2018: Introduction to Memoir WritingSeattle Central College/Continuing Education.

May 19: New Work: Mt. Baker Park Church, Seattle, with poets Lee Seese & Lauren Shea.

Spring Quarter: Introduction to Memoir WritingSeattle Central College.


October 7: Claiming Your Voice, Writing Your Life: Tools for Memoir Writers, Write on the Sound Conference, Edmonds, WA.

Sept 27-Nov 1:  Introduction to Memoir WritingSeattle Central College.

Sept 7: “The Shelter of Words:” a reading with poet Dana Robbins, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle.

August 11: Her Beautiful Brain: reading, Richmond Beach Library.

July 25: Her Beautiful Brain: reading, Renton Library.

June 17: Her Beautiful Brain: reading, Kenmore Library.

Spring:  Introduction to Memoir Writing class, Seattle Central College.

April 25: Zona Intangible screening, Irish Latin American Film Festival, Dublin

April 13, Zona Intangible screening, Ethnografilm Festival, Paris

January 5, 6: Zona Intangible screenings, Vashon Film Society


November 30: Zona Intangible screening, Northwest Film Forum.

November 4 & 6, Zona Intangible screening,  Friday Harbor Film Festival.

October 20: Zona Intangible screening, Social Justice Film Festival.

October 8: Zona Intangible screening, Ellensburg Film Festival.

October 1: Zona Intangible festival debut: Seattle Latino Film Festival, Varsity Theatre.

September 30: “Picturing a Life,” with Rustin Thompson; part of the Frye Art Museum‘s workshop on creating legacy stories.

September 18: “Seattle Speaks with Ashton Applewhite about Age Equality,” reader.

June 26: Premiere screening of our film, Zona Intangible, at Seattle’s Rainier Arts Center.

June 23: King’s Books, Tacoma. Reading with Hollis Giammatteo (The Shelf Life of Ashes)

June 9: It’s About Time Reading Series, Seattle Public Library.

June 2: Langley (WA) Library, Reading with Hollis Giammatteo (The Shelf Life of Ashes)

May 4: Cornelia Street Cafe, New York. Reading with poet Dana Robbins.

April 23: Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church, Seattle, 7pm. Literary New Works night: reading from The Observant Doubter, a work-in-progress..

January- February:  Hugo House class: “Brain Trust: Writing about the Brain”


December 5: Write-o-rama at Hugo House: a preview version of my “Brain Trust” class.

November 28: Griffin Bay Bookstore, Friday Harbor, WA

November 1: Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, with Nina McKissock, author of From Sun to Sun: A Hospice Nurse Reflects on the Art of Dying

November 1: Northwest Film Forum, “Join the Crowd” panel, with Rustin Thompson, re the  Kickstarter campaign for our film, Zona Intangible.

October 22, Keynote Speaker, Full Life Care Benefit Breakfast, Seattle

October 13: “Dies Librorum,” The Book Haven, Salida, Colorado

October 9: guest speaker, The Sunset Club, Seattle

September 18: “What We Say Matters: The Power of Words in Creating Elder-Friendly Futures,” closing keynote, the University of Washington Elder Friendly Futures Conference, Lynnwood Convention Center.

September 1, “The Accidental Advocate,” a talk at Horizon House, Seattle. Free and open to the public.

June 21, University Book Store, Seattle, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day write-and-readathon.

May 29: panelist, “Women Entrepreneurs,” BookExpo America, New York

May 27-29: She Writes Press booth, BookExpo America, New York

May 26: Her Beautiful Brain reading, Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave., New York

April 30: Her Beautiful Brain reading, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, North Carolina

April 1: Her Beautiful Brain reading and discussion, St. James Cathedral, Seattle

March 23-25: Alzheimer’s Advocacy Week, Washington, D.C.

Feb-March: Intro to Memoir Writing classSeattle Central College.

March 6, 7pm: Group reading: new work, Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church, 3201 Hunter Blvd. South, Seattle.

February 12: Her Beautiful Brain reading, Ravenna Third Place Books.


October 28: Her Beautiful Brain reading, Village Books, Bellingham.

October 23: Her Beautiful Brain reading, Book Passage, San Francisco.

September 25: Keynote speaker, Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference, Tacoma.

September 29: Her Beautiful Brain reading, Broadway Books, Portland, OR.

Sunday, September 7, 3pm: HER BEAUTIFUL BRAIN LAUNCH READING and book signingThe Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle.

June 5: with Collin Tong, editor, Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s, and Bob LeRoy, Alzheimer’s Association, University Methodist Church, Seattle

May 30: Screening of Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story and talk: South Sound Alzheimer’s Council Caregiver Conference, Olympia

May 16: Alzheimer’s Association Regional Conference, author’s table. WA State Convention Center, Seattle

May 15: “Women Authoring Change,” panelist. Presented by Center for Women and Democracy  and hosted by Hedgebrook Executive Director Amy Wheeler, Women’s University Club, Seattle.

April 7-May 12: Memoir Writer’s Workshop, Seattle Central Community College. Six Monday nights. Non-credit.

May 1                 Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th NE, Seattle, Into the Storm authors

April 27            Plymouth Congregational Church, 6th and Seneca, Seattle, Into the Storm authors

March 16           Elliott Bay Book Company, with Into the Storm authors

February 28      AWP Seattle, with Minerva Rising Journal authors

February 27      Frye Art Museum/AWP Seattle, Witnessing Dementia, with Tess Gallagher, Holly Hughes, Esther Altshul Helfgott and others

February 26      Ravenna Third Place Books/AWP Seattle, with Goddard MFA Published Writers

February 18       Tyler Gallery, SUNY Oswego, visiting artist: screening and Q&A, Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story + classroom seminars

January 6–February 3: Intro to Memoir Writing class, Seattle Central College’s Continuing Education Program