The Writer’s Workshop Series

Writing (A) Present: Using Writing And Meditation To Make A Gift

December 7, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited. REGISTER HERE.

A written present can be one of the most meaningful gifts someone can receive, and creating such a present can also give just as much to the writer. In this workshop we’ll look at written presents for someone else (a loved one, a friend, a parent or child, a pet). We’ll play with forms of letters, poetry, music, and journaling. Parts of the class will involve guided meditation—being present to write a present—led by Tacoma Community College professor and meditation guide Allison Muir. 

Tamiko Nimura is an award-winning essayist, memoirist, community journalist, and public historian living in Tacoma. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Narratively, Off Assignment, Zócalo Public Square, Full Grown People, Seattle’s International Examiner, and Discover Nikkei. More about her work is at

& Allison Muir is a faculty member at Tacoma Community College. She has practiced yoga and meditation for 15+ years and received her teaching certification from Seattle Yoga Arts in 2013. Incorporating mindfulness and meditation into her writing courses brings her much joy.

What Were You Thinking?

January 25, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited (stay tuned for registration link)

A discussion about the questions we ask ourselves while writing whether we know it or not.

Let’s see how specific we can get about the questions we are trying to answer when writing and talk about how discovering our big question can set us free to explore the blank page. 

Jenni Prange Boran is a professional screenwriter, playwright, and story analyst. She also researched and wrote for Pod Cast-Off, the Sound Experience podcast, and is currently working on a true crime podcast series surrounding a deadly family feud that took place in Southern Indiana in the late 1800s. Prior to her work in writing, Jenni worked in Los Angeles in Set Decoration on films like “The Grinch” and “Bandits”, an experience that lit a fire under her passion for film and taught her characterization through visuals. Jenni now lives in (and loves) Tacoma, WA, and co-hosts a biannual Writers’ Retreat in coastal Grayland, WA.