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Book Lab

with Kristen Millares Young and Sonora Jha

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel


Intermediate, Advanced

10 Sessions

Start Date: October 10, 2023
End Date: December 19, 2023
No Class: (skip days) 11/21/2023
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT
Capacity: 8 seats
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Member Price: $5481.00
General Price: $6090.00

Book Lab is a yearlong 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: 11/21/2023

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.

ÔĽŅPayment plans are available for this class. Please email to get a payment plan started.




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. 

Kristen Millares Young

Kristen Millares Young


Kristen Millares Young is a journalist, essayist, and author of the novel¬†Subduction, named a staff pick by¬†the¬†Paris Review¬†and called ‚Äúwhip-smart‚ÄĚ by the¬†Washington Post, ‚Äúa brilliant debut‚ÄĚ by the¬†Seattle Times, and¬†‚Äúutterly unique and important‚ÄĚ 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¬†Guardian,¬†Literary 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¬†‚ÄúSnow Fall,‚ÄĚ 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.¬†



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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha


Sonora Jha is the author of the novels The Laughter (2023) and Foreign (2013) and the memoir How To Raise A Feminist Son: A Memoir and Manifesto (2021). After a career as a journalist covering crime, politics, and culture in India and Singapore, she moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in media and public affairs. Sonora’s OpEds, essays, and public appearances have featured in The New York Times, on BBC, and elsewhere. She is a professor of journalism and lives in Seattle. She teaches fiction and essay writing for Hugo House, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and Seattle Public Library. 

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.

Hugo House will only process refund requests that are submitted 5 business days or more before the class start date. To request a refund, log in to your account, go to “My Account,” select the “Orders” tab on the left-hand side, click the appropriate order, and request a refund for your specific class. Administrative fees apply. Please see our full refund policy¬†here.

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

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic or any other oppressive behaviors, regardless of who commits them. Please check out our full community guidelines by clicking here. If an instance of community guidelines are violated and not resolved within the classroom, students may let us know by filling out the student incident report.

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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