Shapes of StoriesThursdays, 5 to 7 PM January 30 to March 6, 6 sessions Richard Hugo House 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill $220.50 Hugo House members, $245 general public
The shape of a story is more than just the way it is told–changing the shape can change the story. Using a series of in-class writing exercises, homework assignments and examples from both creative nonfiction and fiction, we’ll look at popular shapes for stories including braids, collage, the traditional narrative arc, the circle and the frame, and the techniques writers use to create them including transitions, flashbacks and tangents. A writer could end this class with five different versions of the same initial story or five different stories. Appropriate for non-fiction and fiction writers.
You can register at this link. Or call Hugo House at 206-322-7030.
Writing Your Non-Fiction Book ProposalTuesday evenings,6:30 to 8:30 pm February 4 to March 11, 6 sessions UW Campus
A non-fiction book proposal is not just a marketing tool, although you need it to sell your work to agents and publishers. A good book proposal also helps you write (or revise) your book. During the six weeks of this class you’ll clarify your idea, identify your audience, analyze your competition, develop your credentials as an author and produce a table of contents, a sample chapter and a complete proposal, ready for submission. Recommended for writers who have only a vague book idea as well as those with a complete first draft. Non-fiction includes narrative non-fiction, nature and travel writing, self-help and how-to books, and memoirs. This popular class has resulted in many well-published books, which you can view at this link.
Rallies will be held regularly in 2014 on the third Saturday of each month. Sign up for my newsletter or come back and check here in January to learn where we will be meeting.
Indulge yourself in a day of writing. Spend six hours on a Saturday writing. Except for a brief check-in at 10 AM and a brief check-out at 4 PM, the room will be quiet except for the scribble of pen on paper and click of keys on a keyboard, so you can fall into the deep trance of writing. We should have access to the internet and electric outlets for your laptops. You can come and go as you please (and pass notes to writer friends if you want company on your excursions into the outside world). The goal is a productive day of writing. The space holds 10. Sign up early to be sure there’s a space for you. $30*
*Yes, you can do this on your own, you know that, but do you? There’s something about being in a room full of other writers that can take you deeper and hold your attention longer. The $30 fee helps cover the rental of the space and my time spent organizing, facilitating and problem-solving. But I also hope that paying up front makes you more likely to make the commitment to your writing, so if your sweetie says to you “Let’s go on a road trip today,” or “Let’s clean out the basement today,” you’ll be able to say, “I can’t. I already paid for this writing class.”
To find out more about what a Rally is like, check out these two blog posts from two of the writers, David Mecklenburg and Rachel Bukey, who attended the August Rally which was held at the Fremont Abbey.
Deep RevisionTuesdays, 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.
You can’t register yet. But put it on your calendar!