What does it take to go from draft to finished work? On the last Tuesday of every month, Capitol Cider invites local writers, authors, and poets to read their work and explore their craft on stage downstairs in the Ballast Bar. It’s an evening that pairs thoughtful prose with delicious booze during our happy hour, featuring $1 off all drafts before 6 p.m.

Writers of all prose are invited: fiction or creative non-fiction authors, poets, novelists and essayists or columnists. Each event features three writers with Capitol Cider’s curator, Josh Potter, introducing the writers in between. Our first event on Tuesday, February 28 features writers Peter Mountford, Eli Briskin and Amanda Baker-Patterson followed by our second monthly happy hour on Tuesday, March 28 with Gabrielle Bates Stahlman, Willie Fitzgerald and Brent Schaeffer.

Each writer has twenty minutes to read a piece or series of pieces that take on the idea of “craft.” Some writers will choose to read multiple, evolving drafts of a piece to highlight the craftwork of writing prose; while others might read pieces all centered around the same theme as an exploration of different genres or craft. The audience is encouraged to participate in story creation themselves with magnet poetry and six-word-stories displayed on magnetic columns in the Ballast Bar.

The featured writers and authors are local favorites, who are associated with various organizations and have gained praise through their work. These men and women are the most respected Seattleites within their field, whose names are associated with The Hugo House, Town Hall, Seattle Arts and Lectures, the Seattle Stranger, and more.