Current Classes

Deep Revision

Tuesdays, 5 to 7 PM
April 29 to June 3, 6 sessions
Richard Hugo House
1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill

For writers who have already completed a rough draft of an essay, short story, novel or non-fiction book. We’ll begin with an overview, examine themes and structure, focus on the dynamics of each scene or chapter, the shape of each paragraph, and the efficacy of each sentence. Publication strategies will be explored. The goal is to have a piece ready to submit or, for longer works, a plan for completion.

To register or for more information, click on this link or call Hugo House at 206-322-7030.

Writing in Season

June 14, 10 AM to 4 PM
Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford
$50 in advance, $60 on the day of the class

I’m teaching a class with my colleague and writer friend, Mary Oak, author of Heart’s Oratorio, that combines our interests in seasonal time, the natural world and the pleasure of writing. Practicing poetics of place and the orientation of the naturalist, we will spend time in the early summer garden to explore our relationship to plants through direct observation, both objectively and imaginatively, and encounter Nature as mirror and muse.

For more information or to register, go here.

DIY Publishing

Thursdays, 7 to 9 PM
July 10 to August 14, 6 sessions
Richard Hugo House
1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill

We’ll explore the myriad options writers can use to publish books, including hand-bound chapbooks, e-books, the Espresso book machine, and print-on-demand publishing. In the first three weeks, we’ll focus on creating the books: discussing editing, design elements, titles and catalog copy, and options for printing and e-formatting. In the last three weeks, we’ll develop business plans and promotion plans that will spell out how readers will learn about our books and what we are willing to invest with hopes of what return. Guest authors will visit to share their experiences. If you have a complete (edited) manuscript at the start of class, you could have a published book by the end of the class.

Registration for summer classes begins on May 27 for Hugo House members and June 3 for the general public.

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