Book Lab

with Theo Nestor, Kristen Millares Young and Tara Conklin

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction

In Person

Intermediate, Advanced

10 Sessions

Start Date: October 5, 2023
End Date: December 14, 2023
No Class: (skip days) 11/23/2023
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm - 9:10 pm PT
Capacity: 8 seats
Member Price: $5481.00
General Price: $6090.00

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Book Lab is a year-long intensive class for writers seeking to revise, restructure, rethink, and finalize a book-length manuscript. Students form a small cohort of writers, all working toward the same goal. Classes include workshops, craft instruction, visits from publishing professionals, and one-on-one feedback sessions. The Book Lab instructor also provides an editorial review of your entire manuscript, line edits where appropriate, and a detailed plan for further revisions and/or agent submission. At the end of the session, a second well-published writer will give your manuscript a high-level read and provide a page of editorial notes. Book Lab seeks to help students cross that elusive finishing line from draft to publishable work.

No class dates: 11/23/2023

Book Lab is application only. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting August 8 for Hugo House members and August 15 for non-members. No applications will be accepted after September 21.

Payment plans are available for this class. Please email education@hugohouse.org to get a payment plan started.

APPLY TO BOOK LAB HERE.

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MORE ABOUT BOOK LAB

Ten-Week Class in Fall Quarter

This course will provide the opportunity for Book Lab participants to get to know each other and their individual book projects. During these ten weeks, you'll address relevant topics and concerns surrounding your projects and be provided with writing prompts and writing time. By the end of this quarter, you will have developed a detailed timeline for completing your manuscript through the following year.

Six Cohort Meetings

Students and mentor meet roughly once per month following the ten-week class to check in on manuscript completion/manuscript-edit completion timeline. Each meeting focuses on reviewing progress from one student in addition to general discussion.

Four One-Day Classes

You may register for one free one-session class per quarter over four quarters. Exclusions apply for some visiting writers.

Second Reader

Students receive a full manuscript read by a second, outside reader.

One-on-One Meetings with Mentor

Each student receives four one-on-one meetings with mentor. 

Theo Nestor

Theo Nestor

she/her

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor's essays have appeared numerous places including the New York Times, Seattle Times, and the Rumpus.

Website: theonestor.com

Instagram: @theonestor

Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young

She/Her

Kristen Millares Young is a journalist, essayist, and author of the novel Subduction, named a staff pick by the Paris Review and called “whip-smart” by the Washington Post, “a brilliant debut” by the Seattle Times, and “utterly unique and important” by Ms. Magazine. Winner of Nautilus and IPPY awards, Subduction was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and named a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards and Foreword Indies Book of the Year in 2020. Her essays, book reviews, and investigations appear in the Washington Post, the GuardianLiterary Hub, and the anthologies Advanced Creative Nonfiction, Latina Outsiders, and Alone Together, winner of a 2021 Washington State Book Award. A former Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, she is the editor of Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, a finalist for a 2021 Washington State Book Award. Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. She was the 2023 Distinguished Visiting Writer for Seattle University and the University of Washington Bothell Master of Fine Arts program. 

 

 

Website and Social Media Handles:

 

www.kristenmyoung.com

@kristenmillares

 

www.instagram.com/kristenmillares ​

www.facebook.com/kristen.young.14019

www.twitter.com/kristenmillares

www.linkedin.com/in/kristenmyoung

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer whose first novel, The House Girl, (William Morrow) was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Her second novel, The Last Romantics (William Morrow) was published in 2019 to wide acclaim. An instant New York Times bestseller, The Last Romantics was a Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick, IndieNext Pick, and was selected by Jenna Bush Hager as the inaugural read for The Today Show Book Club. Her latest novel Community Board is out now and available in stores and online in all the usual places. The recipient of an Artist Trust grant, her writing has appeared in Vogue, the Berkshire Eagle and elsewhere. 

Before turning to fiction, Tara worked for an international human rights organization and at corporate law firms in London and New York. She was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and grew up in western Massachusetts. She holds a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from NYU School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Tara now lives in Seattle with her family where she writes, teaches at Hugo House and works with private clients on manuscript development. 

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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