Head Instructor Sara Yamasaki is a writer, multi-sensory learning specialist, and certified teacher with 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 she has a Master of Arts in Teaching English, specializing in composition and rhetoric. She believes everyone has an authentic voice, everyone has genius, and everyone can write.
Writing Instructor Linda Dodge is a freelance writer and a writing consultant for the
University of Washington Bothell Campus. She evaluates writing privately and for the
Northshore School District. Linda specializes in writing personal experience essays/personal statements. She believes original ideas and personal experience bring out the voice and writer in all of us.
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.
Writing Instructor Karyn Frazier consults with schools, parent groups, and business leaders about positive ways to help young writers discover and build on their strengths. She is currently the Director of Assessment for the Washington Alliance for Better Schools, and has been recognized by the International Reading Association for her exemplary service in the promotion of literacy within the Northshore School District. Karyn strongly believes that a writer’s words are richer when they are rooted in personal experiences.
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.
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
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."
Moving Words History
The Moving Words Writing Clinics began in the summer of 2000.