Fiction, Novel

  • Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: September 21, 2022
  • End Date: November 23, 2022
  • Day of Week: Wednesday
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Level: Advanced
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $6000.00
  • Member Price: $5400.00

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Book Lab with Tara Conklin

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

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 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.

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

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer whose first novel, The House Girl (2013) was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick, and has been translated into eight languages. Her second novel, The Last Romantics (2019) was an instant New York Times bestseller, 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 third novel, Community Board, is forthcoming from Mariner Books in 2023. Tara lives in Seattle.  


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 writes, teaches, and works with private clients on manuscript development. In her free time, she loves to hike, practice yoga, hang out with her kids and dog, and avoid the news.