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Book Lab [Tara Conklin]

Time: 12:00am - 12:00am PT
Capacity: seat
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Member Price: $5400.00
General Price: $6000.00

This yearlong mentorship program is for students who have completed a Yearlong Manuscript course or anyone with a complete manuscript ready for extensive feedback. Students will be part of an intimate cohort of fellow writers that work together and one-on-one with New York Times bestselling author Tara Conklin to reach the final draft of their book. The program runs from September-August. The schedule below is for the ten week class during Fall Quarter.

Registration in Book Lab is by application only. Please complete an application here.

Book Lab includes:

Ten Week Class in Fall Quarter  – This course will provide the opportunity for Book Lab participants to get 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 first quarter, you’ll have developed a detailed timeline for completing your manuscript through the following year.

Six Cohort Meetings – Following the ten-week class, you’ll will meet once per month to check in on each student’s individual progress, in addition to general craft discussions.

Four One-Day Classes – You may register for one one-session class per quarter (fall, winter, spring & summer) at no additional charge. Exclusions apply for some visiting writers.

Second Reader – Students receive a full manuscript read by a second, outside reader. The second reader, who is well-published and is chosen in consultation with your Book Lab instructor, provides another critical read and an editorial note on your manuscript.

One-on-One Meetings with Mentor – Each student receives four one-on-one meetings with the Book Lab mentor.

Publishing Intensive – All Book Lab students are invited to full-day intensive publishing class on the book business in Spring Quarter. The Publishing Intensive features well-published writers, literary agents, and other individuals from the publishing business. An invaluable day for anyone ready to take their book to market.

The Book Lab cohort is between 5 and 7 students and registration is by application only.

Payment plans are available. Contact for more information.

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 5 students are enrolled within 10 days before the class start date. If for any reason Hugo House needs to cancel a class, students can choose between a full credit or full refund.

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