Current Classes

Reading & Writing for Novelists

Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 PM, Jan 17 – Feb 21
At the new Hugo House headquarters, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104.
EARLY BIRD PRICE (until 12/18): $245.50 for members, $275 for the general public
After 12/18: $265.50 for members, $295 for the general public

A craft class focusing on identifying the aspects of writing we love in other novels and learning how to adapt them to improve our own work. We’ll begin by identifying our favorite writers in our current genre, then analyze their work and apply the lessons learned to our own writing. Each week, we’ll cover a different craft aspect: structure and scene, suspense and pacing, character development and dialogue, image and voice.

To register or for more information, go here.

 Writing Your Nonfiction Book Proposal

Ten week online class begins January 9 and ends March 19*
$425 (if registered by 12/19/2016); $475 (after 12/19/2016)*

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.

For more information or to register go here.

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

Shapes of Stories

Saturday and Sunday, Feb 25 & 26, 10 am to 4 pm
At the Writers Workshoppe in Port Townsend, 820 Water Street
Combine this with an overnight stay in lovely Port Townsend for a writing retreat

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 and examples from both creative nonfiction and fiction, we’ll look at popular shapes—including the traditional narrative arc, braids, collages, circles, faucets and frames—and the techniques writers use to create them, including transitions, flashbacks and tangents. These shapes can help you generate new pieces or you can bring one story and try writing it five different ways. Appropriate for long and short-form  fiction and non-fiction writers.

To register, call the Writers Workshoppe at 1-360-379-2617 between 10 AM and 5:30 PM

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?


    • 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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