Current Classes

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.

Point of View: The Basics and Beyond

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 PM, January 14 – February 25 (no class February 11)
Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle
$245 general public, $220.50 members

We’ll explore the many choices a writer makes about point of view. We’ll tackle first-, second-, and third-person narration and how they shape our fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Then we’ll explore subtler aspects of POV, including level of penetration (how deeply the author reveals the inner workings of a character’s mind), retrospection (where the narrator is in time). For the last two weeks, we’ll revel in the omniscient or storytelling voice and learn the skill of shifting POV.  Write six stories or one story six ways.

This class is currently full but if you are eager to take it, call Hugo House at 206-322-7030 and ask to have your name put on the waiting list.

San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference

February 11-15, 2015
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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.

Deep Revision

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 PM, March 4 – April 8
Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle
$245 general public, $220.50 members

This class is for writers who have a rough draft of a novel. We’ll examine your themes and structure and delve into ways to enrich plot and character. Then we’ll focus on the dynamics of each scene or chapter, the shape of each paragraph, and the efficacy of each sentence. The goal is to end with a specific plan to help you complete your revision. We will also explore publication strategies.

To register, call Hugo House at 206-322-7030 or register online here.

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