Captain, Dark Angels Alumnus, Guest Speaker: Ted Leonhardt
"What did I learn? Well, I gained confidence in my writing from the exercises and the shared experience. I gained a new understanding of the importance of rhythm in my writing. I found that the change of pace from one exercise to another kept me not just engaged, but truly on the edge of my seat throughout the sessions.
Yes, my colleagues were all professional writers. Yes, they all had training and experience I hadn’t had. But I found them just as concerned that their work wouldn’t measure up as I. I watched as they threw themselves wholly into the exercises. I loved seeing how differently they approached the work and in their results. I learned as much from interacting and observing as I did from the exercises themselves."
Seattle, Ballard, De Anza III
Seattle's Ballard neighborhood has a rich history, a thriving waterfront, and is one of the most interesting and dynamic hotspots in a city that is full of them. A short walk away are some of the best restaurants, coffee roasters, cafes, and shops anywhere in Seattle.
We'll draw inspiration from some great literary figures from Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. Sherman Alexie, Raymond Carver, Marilynn Robinson, among others. Our home for three days is the glorious De Anza III, moored in Ballard.
De Anza III is an historic flush deck, twin screw, motor yacht. Designed by Ted Drake a noted Vancouver, BC naval architect she was built and launched from the Western Craft yard, just north of Vancouver, in 1959. She has been preserved and updated in ways that have maintained her character by loving owners since.
Although De Anza’s lines and configuration follow the look and feel of late fifties and sixties period motor yachts, she is a completely custom, one of a kind design.
Ballard is about a one hour drive from SeaTac airport, and is a fair bit longer during afternoon commute hours. Lyft, Uber, Shuttle Services, and public transportation are all available.