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Apply to Artist Trust’s 2014 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists

For Immediate Release:

DEADLINE EXTENDED! January 3, 2014

Literary artists are encouraged to apply to the 2014 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists, generously sponsored in part by EDGE for Literary Artists will take place in Seattle on Friday, February 28, 5-9pm, class on Sunday, March 2, 9am-5pm, then classes the following Saturdays 9am-5pm. Grand Finale Presentations at the Elliott Bay Book Company will be held Saturday, April 12, and free to the public.

The EDGE Program provides artists with a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, as well as specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments. The EDGE Program focuses on supplying artists with the relevant and necessary entrepreneurial skills to achieve their personal career goals and with the opportunity to develop peer support and exchange.

Faculty and guest speakers include: Karen Maeda Allman, Elizabeth Austen, Heidi Broadhead (Wave Poetry), Rachel Buker, Rebecca Hoogs, Jourdan Keith, Gary Luke (Sasquatch Books), Dan Mayer, Harold Taw and Elizabeth Wales (Wales Literary Agency).

Open to emerging or mid-career writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Applicants must be residents of Washington State but cannot be students enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program. Applicants must commit to completing the entire 50-hour program.

Tuition: $500 for Artist Trust members; $545 for non-members (includes membership).
Limited scholarships are available by request after acceptance to the program for Latino/a and Filipino/a artists.

It’s easy to apply. Click below for details, application guidelines and application:
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Completed applications may be:
    • Emailed to by 5:00pm on January 3, 2014. 
    • Mailed to Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2437 Attn: EDGE APPLICATION. This is not a postmark deadline. Mailed applications must be at Artist Trust on or before January 3, 2014.
    • Hand-delivered to Artist Trust, located on the corner of 12th Avenue and East Denny Way in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, by 5:00pm on January 3, 2014.

The EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists is made possible in part by a grant from

Support for the Artist Trust EDGE Program for Writers…is wholly consistent with’s mission to help generate new great works, to ensure that a stream of great new writing continues to flow… An appreciation for the people who create great books is part of our DNA at We share our obsession with fostering the creation, discussion, and publication of books by supporting Artist Trust. —Jon Fine, director, Author & Publisher Relations,

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at