Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: September 27, 2022
  • End Date: December 6, 2022
  • Day of Week: Tuesday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Advanced
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $6000.00
  • Member Price: $5400.00

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Book Lab with Sonora Jha

Registration for Book Lab is by application only – please read instructions & apply here: Book Lab Application

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 is contracted by Hugo House to give your manuscript a high-level read with a page of editorial notes. Book Lab seeks to help students cross that elusive finishing line from draft to publishable work.

This session of Book Lab is for fiction and nonfiction students and will be held in person with a Zoom-in option for students unable to attend at our Capitol Hill location.

No class on 11/22.

Payment plans available. Contact for more information. Read more about what else is included in Book Lab here.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha


Sonora Jha is the author of the memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son (2021) and the novel Foreign (2013). 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. She is an alumna and board member of Hedgebrook and has served on the jury for awards for Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, and Hugo House. Her new novel, The Laughter, is forthcoming from Harper Via in early 2023.