Current Classes

Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp 

Online through Creative Nonfiction
Jan 11 – March 20, 2016
 $425 (if registered before 12/21/2015)*

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You want to do it. You mean to start that writing project … eventually. Now is the time to put excuses aside and start your writing project. Creative Nonfiction’s special boot camp sessions will do just that by providing firm deadlines, writing exercises, and weekly feedback. Along the way you’ll also develop the habit of writing regularly which will serve you well all through 2016 (and beyond!).

How it works:

During the course participants will be assigned to post 300 words per day of new writing, Monday through Friday. Though the goal is to write every weekday, students will still receive instructor feedback as long as they post on 3 out of the 5 weekdays. The writing can be done in one of two ways. Participants can choose a longer subject to write about for a week or more, and add 300 words to their essay each day. Or they can write 300 words each day in response to a writing prompt—a new prompt will be provided for each weekday.

On Fridays participants will choose 1,000 words from the writing they have completed during the week and send it to the instructor for feedback. During the weekend participants will comment on each others’ work. A written lecture discussing the writing process and recommended reading for each week will also be provided.

Week 1: What to write
Week 2: Your writing life
Week 3: Overcoming writers block
Week 4: Stretching your limits
Week 5: Review,re-mix, revise
Week 6: Macro-editing
Week 7: Micro-editing
Week 8: Applying feedback
Week 9: When is it finished?
Week 10: The publication process

To register or for more information, go here.

San Miguel de Allende Writing Conference

February 10 – 14, 2016
San Miguel de Allende, Mexcio
 

This fabulous internationally-famous conference features Joyce Carol Oates, Luis Urrea, Gail Sheehy and 64 other teachers, writers and speakers, including me, along with a host of special events and excursions (I just signed up for an afternoon doing photography with Dinty Moore!). I wasn’t able to attend in February 2015 because of a last minute medical emergency so I am thrilled that I was invited back for 2016. I’ll be presenting a session on “The Economics of Self-Publishing” along with Judith Gille, author of The View from Casa Chepitos, and agent April Eberhardt, during a three hour session on self-publishing on Saturday, February 13.

Check out the conference web site to see all the amazing options.

Points of View

Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM, Jan 13 – Feb 24 (no class Feb 10)
At Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Costs $220.50 for members, $245 for the general public

Write six stories (or one story told six ways) to explore point of view. Try out first-, second-, and third-person narrators, as well as more subtle choices like the unreliable narrator, retrospection, omniscience, and shifting points of view. For fiction and nonfiction writers.

Member registration begins December 1. Non-members can register beginning December 8. To register, go here.

Indie Publishing 101 

Taught with Annie Pearson

Saturday, March 25  from 1 to 4 PM
At Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Costs $85.50 for members, $95 for the general public

Are you considering all of your options for getting your writing out to readers? Two authors who are also publishers will describe various ways you can publish your work, both in print and in e-versions. We’ll share tips and tricks of the trade for making your writing available and for finding your reading audience. You will come away from this four-hour workshop with an action plan and access to tools and resources to implement it..

Member registration begins December 1. Non-members can register beginning December 8. To register, go here.

 

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