Current Classes


Creative Nonfiction Writers Boot Camp

Ten week online class begins April 3 and ends June 5
This class is SOLD OUT as of March 27. You could put your name on the waiting list or take the 5 week version or one of the other excellent classes offered by Creative Nonfiction.

Creative Nonfiction’s special boot camp sessions help writers establish a regular writing routine by providing firm deadlines, daily writing prompts, and weekly feedback. If you are in the middle of an ongoing project, you can work on that 300 words at a time (previous students have completed two and three chapters of non-fiction narrative books while taking Boot Camp) but it’s also excellent for beginners, people returning to writing after a fallow period, and writers who have essay or article topics in mind but not enough time to work on them.

How it works: During each week of the course participants will be asked to post 300 words per day of new writing, Monday through Friday. Though the goal is to write every weekday, students will still receive instructor feedback as long as they post on 3 out of the 5 weekdays. The writing can be done in one of two ways. Participants can choose a longer subject to write about for a week or more, and add 300 words to their essay each day. Or they can write 300 words each day in response to a writing prompt—a new prompt will be provided for each weekday.

For more information or to register go here.

*Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook.


Deep Revision

Thursday evenings, April 20 through May 25, 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 March 14 and registration for the general public opens on March 21.

Art of the Sentence

Thursday evenings, May 25 through June 29, 7 to 9 PM
Hugo House, 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle WA

Using Priscilla Long’s The Writer’s Portable Mentor as our textbook, we’ll practice writing sentence fragments, list sentences, compound sentences, simple sentences, complex sentences and sentences that enact their meaning, always working on sentences you can use in your current writing project. We’ll be inspired by examples from many authors, including your favorites. We will pay close attention to sound and rhythm as well, looking at the vowel scale and rhetorical devices, for clues about how to create virtuoso sentences.

For more information or to register, go here. Registration for members begins March 14 and registration for the general public opens on March 21.

Chuckanut Writing Conference

Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24
Whatcom Community College, Bellingham WA

One of my favorite conferences of the year–always inspiring and friendly. I’ll be teaching along with a sterling cast of writers and agents including Jonathan Evison, Priscilla Long, Daniel James Brown, Elizabeth Austen, Paula Becker, Gary Copeland Lilley, Kathleen Dean Moore, Anis Mojgani and Ijeoma Oluo. The workshops are always wonderful but so are many of the events for which the conference is known including master classes on Thursday, a faculty reading on Friday night, and participant open mikes at bars and restaurants in Fairhaven on Saturday night. I’ll be teaching a 90-day, writing-oriented workshop on Points of View. You can learn more and register now at this web site.

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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