Current Classes

 Shapes of Stories

Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Jun 2 – Jul 7
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Costs $220.50 for members, $245 for the general public

The shape of a story is more than just the way it is told—changing the shape can change the story. Using a series of in-class writing exercises, homework assignments, and examples from both creative nonfiction and fiction, we’ll look at popular shapes—the traditional narrative arc, braids, collages, circles, faucets, and frames—and the techniques writers use to create them, including transitions, flashbacks, and tangents. A writer could end the class with five versions of the same piece or five different stories.

Member registration begins March 15. Non-members can register beginning March 22. To register, go here.

DIY Publishing Workshop

Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 PM, Jun 18 and Jun 25
Taught with Annie Pearson
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Costs $180 for members, $200 for the general public

Considering a project where you serve as both author and publisher? Through exercises and real-time demonstrations, you’ll learn the technical and aesthetic tasks for publishing a book. We’ll explore how to collaborate with editors and designers to create a book that realizes your vision and meets the demands of the marketplace. Annie Pearson will share her expertise through checklists and demonstrations while I will lead you through writing exercises, designed to help you integrate all the information and clarify your vision. You’ll come away with a practical plan and detailed guides for publishing a book that pleases readers.

For more information or to register, go here.

Creative Nonfiction Writers Boot Camp

Four week online class begins June 27 and ends July 24
$225 (if registered by 6/10/2016); $275 (after 6/10/2016)*

Creative Nonfiction’s special boot camp sessions will help establish a regular writing routine by providing firm deadlines, daily writing exercises, and weekly feedback.

How it works: During each week of 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.

For more information or to register go here.

*Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook.

Experimental Essays

Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Jul 20 – Aug 24
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Costs $220.50 for members, $245 for the general public

The essay is a fluid and experimental form, and in this class we will push the boundaries of what is possible, working on essays that include found text, interweave poetry and prose, and take advantage of technology. We’ll read excellent examples of essays and write in class and at home. Writers can use these techniques as sections within a longer work or produce five separate essays during our six weeks together.

Member registration begins June 7. General public registration begins June 14. To register or for more information, go here.

2 Responses to Current Classes

  1. mark jacobson says:

    Hello Waverly,
    Just a quick question.
    Would your course, “Shapes of Stories”, be useful also for creative non-fiction writers?


    • admin says:

      Yes, absolutely. I provide examples from fiction and creative non-fiction in the class. The principles are the same for both. And I love working with both fiction and non-fiction writers in this class.

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