American Advanced Course

Tutors: Richard Pelletier and Jamie Jauncey with captain and Dark Angels alumnus, Ted Leonhardt

Dark Angels courses are about honing your writing and enriching your understanding of the power of language and storytelling. This US Advanced course builds directly on the work completed on the Foundation program.

Each day is a series of transformative writing exercises. You’ll head into entirely new territory with tutors guiding you every step. On the final night students read from work they’ve done on the course.

Venue & facilities

Your workspace for these few days will be the De Anza III, a stunning, wooden motor yacht moored in Seattle’s fabulous Ballard neighborhood. 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, Marilynne 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.

Getting here

The Seattle airport (SeaTac) is about a 30-minute drive (depending on traffic) to Ballard. There are many easy ways to get into town – Uber, taxi, public transportation, rental cars. There’s also a bus service that connects major hotels in the city to the airport.

Important things to know

Bookings & Travel

Fee: $2,950 standard / $1,950 freelance

Date: 18 Sep


Reserve your place

"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 engaged, and truly on the edge of my seat throughout the sessions. Yes, my colleagues were all professional writers. But I found them just as concerned that their work wouldn’t measure up as I. They threw themselves 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."

Ted Leonhardt