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Write About Asia, Winter 2024

Write about Asia is a writing workshop offered by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s (SAAM) Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas and its seasonal Saturday University Lecture Series, during which participants delve into new themes with a different speaker each week. Challenging, thought-provoking, and sometimes surprising, this long-running and always popular lecture series incorporates audience discussion as experts from around the world join us to share their insights on Asia throughout time. This series will draw inspiration from Renegade Edo and Paris: Japanese Prints and Toulouse-Lautrec, focusing on the art of 18th- and 19th-century Japan as well as the ways in which culture travels across geographic boundaries.

Write About Asia is offered following each SAAM public lecture and is facilitated by Mary Roberts. During the workshop, time is given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop nurtures educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion, and takes place after each lecture from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

Schedule for each Saturday University Lecture + Write About Asia:

  • 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Saturday University public lecture.
  • 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Solitary writing in response to the lecture and to a prompt provided by the program leader.
  • 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM: Writing workshop with the Write About Asia group, during with educators share their writing with each other.

This program takes place in-person at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

University Lecture titles

Dates: February 10, February 24, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, 2024. A commitment to attend a minimum of two workshops is required in order to obtain clock hours.

Time: 11.30 AM  to 1:30 PM, following the University Lecture Series public lecture from 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM.

Location: the University Lecture will take place at the Stimpson Auditorium, Seattle Asian Art Museum. The workshop will take place in a different room at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (TBD).

Important: Participation to the public lecture is mandatory and free for Write About Asia participants.


Free admission to the lecture and four free WA OSPI clock hours are available for attending each workshop and fulfilling online discussion requirements.

Write About Asia is offered at no cost to current, in-service teachers, and is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


This program is open to current, in-service K-12 teachers of all grades and subjects. Please follow this link to apply.