Current Classes

Writing Your Non-Fiction Book Proposal 

Online through Creative Nonfiction
Starts September 14
 $475 (after 8/24/2015)*

Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.

If you have an idea for a creative nonfiction book, and want to find a publisher, this class if designed for you. Writing a book proposal is an art itself. This class covers all aspects of creating a book proposal, providing a format to help you showcase your writing and expertise. 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 more information about how to sell your book to readers. Weekly lectures, examples, and assignments will focus on the different sections of the book proposal. Participants will engage in discussions and submit work for feedback from the instructor and other students.

Week 1: How a Book Proposal Works
Week 2: Collaborating and Competing
Week 3: Finding Your Audience
Week 4: The Author as Expert
Week 5: Promoting Your Books
Week 6: Summarizing the Book
Week 7: Summarizing Chapters
Week 8: Showcasing Your Writing
Week 9: Selling Your Book
Week 10: Submission Strategies

This is an intense class with a lot of homework but a lot of feedback as well. 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.

To register or for more information, go here.

Essay Experiments

Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM, Sep 9 – Oct 14
At Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Costs $220.50 for members, $245 for the general public

The essay is a fluid and experimental form, and we will push the boundaries of what is possible, working on essays that include found text, interweave poetry and prose, and adopt other forms as homes. We’ll read excellent examples 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.

The class just started but if you are interested in one of the two remaining spaces, call Hugo House at 206-322-7030 or go here.

Novel Immersion

Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM, Oct 28 – Dec 2
At Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Costs $220.50 for members, $245 for the general public

Designed to complement National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), this six-week class will guide you to set a 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.

To register, go here. Only two spots left.

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