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.
Payment plans are available for this class. Please email email@example.com to get a payment plan started.
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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.
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.
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.