Current Classes


Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Ten week online class begins January 8 and ends March 18
$435* if registered by 12/18/17; $485* afterwards
*Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook.

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.

To learn more or to register, go here.


Submission Strategies 

Tuesday evenings, January 9 through February 13, 5 to 7 PM
Hugo House, 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle
Hugo House members: $265.50, general public $295.00

For writers who have already completed a rough draft of a novel. 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 leave class with a clear plan for completion.

For more information or to register, go here. Registration for members begins November 28 and registration for the general public opens on December 5. And you can get an early bird discount ($10 for one class and it goes up for multiple registrations) if you register before December 11.

4 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?


    • 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.

  2. kathy snider says:


    I am wondering if the class “Shapes of Stories” would benefit me? I am working on a memoir project and wondering if I am too much of a beginner for this course?

    Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for asking about the Shapes of Stories class that I’m teaching in Port Townsend on February 25 and 26. The focus of the class is to give writers some new ideas about how to structure a piece, whether it’s long or short. So even if you are at the beginning, in fact, particularly if you are at the beginning of a project, this might give you some new ideas, or confirm that the approach you are taking is the best.

      We’ll be talking about things hypothetically and looking at examples, so you don’t need to worry about sharing your own writing, although I will give you the chance to turn something in for feedback and also to connect over conversation with the other writers in the class, in the hope that people will find sympathetic readers or colleagues.

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