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Ms. Emily
Writing Instructor

Emily Dietrich joins Writing Symphony with decades of teaching experience—from pre-school to college, including, most recently, at Bellevue College. Before moving to Washington, she taught at public high schools and middle schools in California, where she earned her Secondary Single Subject in English credential at San Jose State University. Emily also taught Honors English at Detroit Country Day School, a college preparatory high school. While earning her M.A. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant in writing. She earned her A.B. in English at Mount Holyoke College, a liberal arts college in Massachusetts, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also has an ESL endorsement from the State of California.

In the last twenty years, Emily has focused mostly on her career as a writer, writing articles for Ms. Magazine, Seattle’s Child, and SeattleWoman, among others. Her novel, Holding True, came out in 2013 with BookTrope. Her poetry has appeared most recently in Clover (2018), and The Angled Road (2016). Her most recent book defies classification: The Conjurer’s Almanaq (2019) challenges readers to escape the book itself by solving hidden puzzles.

On the board of the Redmond Association of Spoken Word, Emily gives readings and leads workshops. She served for three years as the advisor for creative writing clubs in two Redmond schools. She comes back to the classroom ready to participate in the exciting work of preparing students to meet the writing challenges of education and beyond!