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The Writer’s Welcome Kit

Want to be a writer? Don’t waste time. The Writer’s Welcome Kit aims to save you 100 hours of work and worry as you go from wanting to be a writer to working to be a writer. It’s the first e-course…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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Personal Coaching for the Writer’s Welcome Kit

If you need accountability and guidance while completing your Writer’s Welcome Kit and committing to the writing life, our coaching level class is for you. You’ll start with a 15-minute discussion of your goals with a professional writer, send in…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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Writing and Fear

All Levels | Drawing from Art and Fear (Bayles, Orland) and Your Art Will Save Your Life (Pickens), we will examine our work patterns, challenges, goals, and fears through free-writing and discussion. What is your relationship to your writing? How…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 02/24/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor has received support from Hedgebrook, 4Culture, and Jack Straw, and taught creative nonfiction since 2006. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Waking Up American (Seal Press) and the Los Angeles Review.

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You Must Change Your Life: Rilke Inspired Writing Practices

Intermediate | Feeling alone and stagnant in your writing life? This course will pull from Rilke’s letters, poetry, and life to spark new life in your practice. Each session will begin with a reading, followed by prompted writing and discussion…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Wryly McCutchen

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Start Date: 03/02/2019 – 1:00 PM

Wryly McCutchen

Wryly T. McCutchen is a poet, memoirist, and Seattle Area native. Their work has appeared in Wilde Magazine, Alive With Vigor, and Raven Chronicles. Their poetry collection My Ugly and Other Love Snarls is available from University of Hell Press.

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The Art of Getting Published Without an Agent

All Levels | If you ask ten successful writers how they got their first great work published, you will get ten completely different answers. We’ll explore the art of crafting the perfect query letter. We will discuss how to maneuver…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Richard Chiem

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Start Date: 03/02/2019 – 10:00 AM

Richard Chiem

Richard Chiem is the author of You Private Person (Sorry House Classics) and the novel King of Joy (Soft Skull Press, 2019). His work has appeared in City Arts Magazine, NY Tyrant, and Gramma Poetry, among other places. His book, You Private Person, was named one of Publisher Weekly's 10 Essential Books of the American West. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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Families, Lovers, and Other Dangerous Subjects

All Levels | What are the legal and moral risks of making art using intimate details from the lives of your parents, siblings, and spouses? What are the benefits and virtues? We’ll discuss how great writers (including Joan Didion, Karl…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

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Start Date: 03/03/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is the editor of the print edition of The Stranger, where he’s worked since 2003. He edited a feature story that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He is the co-author of How to Be a Person, with Dan Savage and Lindy West. He is also the inventor and host of the silent-reading party, which happens monthly at the Sorrento Hotel and has been replicated in cities around the world. Find him on Twitter @thefrizzelle.

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Secrets to Publishing Poems

All Levels | Editors read thousands of poetry submissions for journals and may ask, “Poet, what were you thinking!?” We will demystify the question What do poetry editors really want? through shared insight, cynicism, examples of poems-gone-wrong, and suggestions for…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Janée Baugher

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Start Date: 03/09/2019 – 1:00 PM

Janée Baugher

Janée J. Baugher is the author of two poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach), and she holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her writing has been published in over 100 journals, including Boulevard, Nano Fiction, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The American Journal of Poetry. Baugher’s interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, and choreographers. She’s had a dozen poems adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Contemporary Dance Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Florida’s Dance Now! Ensemble. Baugher has presented her poetry at festivals such as Bumbershoot and Folklife, as well as at the Library of Congress.

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How to Fund Your Writing Habit

Starting, changing, or jump-starting your career? Whether you’re applying for a Fulbright, for a summer residency, as a writer-in-residence, for an MFA, to J-school, or for a journalism grant, you’ll learn tips and tricks for success. Learn how to fund…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Vanessa Hua

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Start Date: 03/16/2019 – 10:00:00

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the novel, A River of Stars, which O, The Oprah Magazine calls "a marvel" and The Economist says is "delightful." For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and in fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. She works and teaches at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

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Write Your Artist Statement

All Levels | Everyone needs one, and everyone hates writing them. We’ll study examples of artist statements by published writers as we draft and perfect our own. Everyone should leave with a solid statement to use for grant, scholarship, fellowship,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 03/16/2019 – 1:00 PM

Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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AWP Prep for First-Timers, Introverts, and the Intimidated

All Levels | Make the most of your investment in time and money by making a game plan for AWP. Don’t wait until you get there to look through the catalog, find out if you know anyone else going, or…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Paulette Perhach

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Start Date: 03/17/2019 – 1:00 PM

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, ELLE, Slate, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Vice. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. Hugo House, a nationally recognized writing center in Seattle, awarded her the Made at Hugo House fellowship in 2013. She was nominated for the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in Freshman Year of Life from Flatiron Books.

During her time as a reporter, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors awarded her First Place for Features Writing in 2007, when judges said, “If literary is putting the right word in the right place, Perhach is a stylist. Perhach is a poet.” In 2008 she launched Drift, an arts and culture monthly, which won Best New Magazine from the Florida Magazine Association that year. She then served in Peace Corps in Paraguay.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, an online course for writers that includes a 55,000-word workbook. Hugo House licenses and sells the course. Her book, which sprang from the course, was published in August 2018 by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family. Welcome to the Writer's Life was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about money at fuckofffund.com and keeps a casual podcast called Can We Talk About Money?

She's now a coach for writers, helping them figure out how to make a life and identity out of being a writer while making the money work (as she figures it out herself.) She's also a speaker on topics of creativity, writing, and business.

Perhach holds a magazine journalism degree from the University of Florida, as well as three-fourths of an MFA in Fiction from Pacific University, which got interrupted by the success of the Fuck Off Fund essay. She lives in Seattle, where she writes and tries to keep her bank account positive while still living a life that she loves.

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Crowdfunding the Creative Life

Advanced | How can crowdfunding launch, advance, and sustain writing careers? Writers will learn the differences between crowdfunding platforms, consider what goes into building a strong campaign, discuss the emotional tangle of asking for money, confront the pressure of being…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer

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Start Date: 03/25/2019 – 5:00 PM

Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer's debut book, Lightning Flowers, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in early 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Works-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Her writing won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction, appears in The Best American Essays 2016, and was selected as Notable in Best American Essays 2017. She writes about the body, consent, and medical technology from Tucson, where she earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona in 2014. Her writing appears in the anthologies Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays and How We Speak To One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, as well as many literary journals, including The New England Review, The Normal School, The Iowa Review, Fourth Genre,
and the Colorado Review. She is a Fall 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, New York, which supports deeply reported nonfiction about the most pressing issues of our day, and a Fall 2018 resident at Jentel Arts in Banner, Wyoming. She was previously a Fall 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes, California, which supports writers working at the intersection of nature, human economy, and equity. She teaches creative writing and medical humanities at the University of Arizona. As a creative arts entrepreneur, she teaches community-level writing classes that help people write about sexuality, illness, and trauma, using a unique embodied pedagogy that considers the craft challenges, physiological hurdles and social barriers to telling stories of the body. A Certified Sexologist, she has provided sexuality education to more than 8,000 people and draws on more than 30 hours of trauma sensitivity training. She is Nonfiction Faculty at Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA program. www.katherinestandefer.com

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Day Job to Dream Job: Writing for a Living

Introductory / Intermediate | Discover how to implement strategies for a nonfiction writing career. Using in-class exercises and assignments, we’ll study markets, come up with ideas, learn how to interview, write to specifications, and generate lots of business. Assignments will…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lora Shinn

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Start Date: 04/16/2019 – 5:00 PM
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Lora Shinn

Lora Shinn is currently interim editor at Alaska Airlines Beyond, and has written about travel for publications including Sunset, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, AAA Journey and New York Magazine.

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The Finances of Self-Publishing Online

Online | Intermediate | Self-publishing is easier than ever—but it isn’t cheap. When you become your own publisher, you take on all the costs associated with publication: hiring editors and designers, getting industry reviews, planning book launches and book tours….

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Dieker

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Start Date: 04/18/2019
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Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker teaches writing, freelancing, and publishing classes (including Hugo House online classes) and works one-on-one with authors as a developmental editor and copyeditor. She's been a full-time freelance writer since 2012, and spent five years as a writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Nicole's debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 1: 1989–2000, published in May 2017; The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2: 2004–2016 followed in May 2018. The two books are a Millennial-era Little Women that follow three sisters from childhood to adulthood.

“I took Nicole’s freelancing class. By the end of the class, I had submitted my first pitch, had it accepted and the article published. She guided us through the process of building a freelance career, with concrete steps to get started, ongoing resources for growth and answers to wide-ranging questions. She taught one of the most informative classes I’ve taken and she did it while providing individualized information for each member of the class.” — Beth Swanson, freelance writer and journalist

Visit NicoleDieker.com to learn more, or to read Nicole's daily blog posts about the art and the finances of a creative career.

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Shapeshifting: Writing and Reading about Mixed Race Experiences

All Levels | As mixed-race people, it is often hard to know where we belong. In conversations around race, our perspectives often get overlooked or we may feel pressure to “pick a side.” This class will hold space for multiracial…

Course Type: 7 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 04/28/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor has received support from Hedgebrook, 4Culture, and Jack Straw, and taught creative nonfiction since 2006. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Waking Up American (Seal Press) and the Los Angeles Review.

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How to Develop a Writing Practice

Online | Introductory / Intermediate | Successful writers understand that writing is not just an art—it’s also a practice. If you’re having trouble finding time to write or feel like you lack the motivation to complete your writing projects, this…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Dieker

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Start Date: 04/30/2019
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Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker teaches writing, freelancing, and publishing classes (including Hugo House online classes) and works one-on-one with authors as a developmental editor and copyeditor. She's been a full-time freelance writer since 2012, and spent five years as a writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Nicole's debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 1: 1989–2000, published in May 2017; The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2: 2004–2016 followed in May 2018. The two books are a Millennial-era Little Women that follow three sisters from childhood to adulthood.

“I took Nicole’s freelancing class. By the end of the class, I had submitted my first pitch, had it accepted and the article published. She guided us through the process of building a freelance career, with concrete steps to get started, ongoing resources for growth and answers to wide-ranging questions. She taught one of the most informative classes I’ve taken and she did it while providing individualized information for each member of the class.” — Beth Swanson, freelance writer and journalist

Visit NicoleDieker.com to learn more, or to read Nicole's daily blog posts about the art and the finances of a creative career.

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