Current Classes

 edgeNovel Immersion

Hugo House
Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9, Oct 28 through Nov 2
$220.50 Hugo House members, $245 general public

Every November, writers around the world race to complete 50,000 words, the goal of participants in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In six weeks, you’ll set course for writing a novel, which you can pursue at your own pace. Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, you’ll devise a plot, develop characters, create vivid scenes, choose a point of view, and begin writing your novel. The very ambitious will finish a rough draft.

Register online or call Hugo House at 206-322-7030. ONLY 3 spaces left (as of 10/8)

Start Your Novel

Seattle Public Library
October 19, Central Library, 2 to 4 PM–Im’ going to be in Marrakech on this date so another great teacher will be teaching this session
October 29, Ballard Library, 5:30 to 7:30 PM–I’ll be home in time for this one.

I’m teaching two one sessions of this free class which is offered in October to inspire those brave enough to try writing a novel during National Novel Writing month: November. But it also will inspire those who want to take the writing of a novel more slowly. Two hours is enough time to sketch out a plot (and some subplots), develop a character, and discuss other decisions novelists make like point of view and theme.

Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Online through Creative Nonfiction
Starts January 12
$425 for ten weeks if you sign up before 12/22

In 2015, I’m offering my popular and successful Book Proposal class online via the great online class platform provided by Creative Nonfiction. If your goal for the year is to write and publish a non-fiction book, this ten-week class will help you achieve that goal. In ten weeks we cover all aspects of creating a book proposal, which is an art in itself. Assignments will help you clarify your idea, research the market, identify your audience, develop your credentials as an author, create an engaging overview and choose the best sample chapters for submission to publishers

It isn’t necessary to finish writing your book before submitting a book proposal. In fact, you could use this class to explore an idea, test its marketability and develop a plan for its completion. Even if you ultimately decide to self-publish rather than seek a traditional publisher, you will have learned how to make you book stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Many of the writers I’ve worked with have gone on to publication with major publishers, small publishers and through self-publishing. You can see some of their books here. You can review the class syllabus and register here.

San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference

February 11-15, 2015

I’m thrilled to be teaching at this famously inspiring writing conference in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, alongside luminaries such as Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Tracy Chevalier, Scott Turow, Richard Blanco, Angeles Mastretta (Mexico) and Jane Urquhart (Canada). I’ll be teaching a class on Writing the Non Fiction Book Proposal and talking about self-publishing on a panel with Judith Gille, author of The View from Casa Chepitos (which just happens to be in San Miguel; Judith is the one who encouraged me to participate in this conference!) and agent, April Eberhart. For more information or to register go to the conference web site.



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