Current Classes

 Writing Your Nonfiction Book Proposal 

Ten sessions from Mar 26 – Jun 3
Online through Creative Nonfiction magazine
Costs $475 

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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

Deep Revision

Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Apr 21 – May 26
At Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle except for the last class which will be at the new digs on First Hill: 1021 Columbia St, Seattle
Costs $220.50 for members, $245 for the general public

For writers who have already completed a rough draft (or a substantial chunk) of a novel. We’ll begin with an overview, examining themes and exploring structures, then focus on the dynamics of each scene or chapter, the shape of each paragraph, and the efficacy of each sentence. Along the way, we’ll explore publication strategies. The goal is to leave class with a clearly defined strategy for completion.

Member registration begins March 15. Non-members can register beginning March 22. To register, go here.

Shapes of Stories

Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Jun 2 – Jul 7
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Costs $220.50 for members, $245 for the 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—the traditional narrative arc, braids, collages, circles, faucets, and frames—and the techniques writers use to create them, including transitions, flashbacks, and tangents. A writer could end the class with five versions of the same piece or five different stories.

Member registration begins March 15. Non-members can register beginning March 22. To register, go here.

DIY Publishing Workshop

Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 PM, Jun 18 and Jun 25
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
Costs $180 for members, $200 for the general public

Considering a project where you serve as both author and publisher? Through exercises and real-time demonstrations, you’ll learn the technical and aesthetic tasks for publishing a book. We’ll explore how to collaborate with editors and designers to create a book that realizes your vision and meets the demands of the marketplace. I’m presenting with Annie Pearson who will share her expertise through checklists and demonstrations while I will lead you through writing exercises, designed to help you integrate all the information and clarify your vision. You’ll come away with a practical plan and detailed guides for publishing a book that pleases readers.

Member registration begins March 15. Non-members can register beginning March 22. To register, 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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