Current Classes

Experimental Essays

Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Jul 20 – Aug 24 IN SESSION NOW but you’re welcome to join this small class.
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.

To register or for more information, go here.

 Writing Your Nonfiction Book Proposal

Monday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Sep 12 to Oct 10
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Costs $265.50 for members, $295 for the general public IF you register before August 29, you can save $20 by using this Early Bird Coupon code 2016fall20

Writers of nonfiction books (including travel and memoir) need a book proposal to attract agents and publishers. But writing this marketing tool is very different from writing the book itself. In six weeks, you will clarify your idea, identify your readers, analyze your competition, develop your platform and produce a table of contents, a sample chapter and a complete proposal that is ready for submission to agents, editors, contests, and magazines. Recommended for nonfiction writers who have only a vague book idea as well as those with a complete first draft. Many previous students have published books; for a look at their success stories, go here.

Member registration begins August 16. Non-members can register beginning August 23. To register, go here.

Creative Nonfiction Writers Boot Camp

Ten week online class begins Sept 12 and ends November 20*
$425 (if registered by 8/22/2016); 4275 (after 8/22/2016)*

Creative Nonfiction’s special boot camp sessions help writers establish a regular writing routine by providing firm deadlines, daily writing prompts, and weekly feedback. If you are in the middle of an ongoing project, you can work on that 300 words at a time (previous students have completed two and three chapters of non-fiction narrative books while taking Boot Camp) but it’s also excellent for beginners, people returning to writing after a fallow period, and writers who have essay or article topics in mind but not enough time to work on them.

How it works: During each week of the course participants will be asked 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.

Novel Immersion

Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Oct 25 to Nov 29
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Costs $265.50 for members, $295 for the general public  IF you register before August 29, you can save $20 by using this Early Bird Coupon code 2016fall20 

Designed to complement National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), this popular class will set your course for writing a novel, which you can pursue at the pace you prefer. Using in-class writing exercises and homework assignments, you’ll devise a plot and develop characters, choose a point of view and create vivid settings, and begin writing your novel. The very ambitious will finish a rough draft of 50,000 words.

Member registration begins August 16. Non-members can register beginning August 23. 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?

    Thanks,

    • 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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