Co-Writing: Keep the Drama on the Page

with John Yunker and Midge Raymond

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay


Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: May 25, 2024
End Date: May 25, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $102.60
General Price: $114.00

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There are many reasons to collaborate on a project, from different skill sets to varied areas of expertise. But can you co-write successfully without risking the relationship? Join Midge Raymond and John Yunker, who co-wrote a mystery novel in which the mayhem remained (mostly) on the page, as they offer tips for researching, writing, editing, and pitching as a team. For all writers who wish to collaborate on prose writing, this class will show you how to identify each other's unique skills, prioritize and manage tasks, divide the labor while creating a cohesive narrative, and get your work out into the world.

Midge and John will share their own insights—the good, the bad, and the challenging—as well as those of other successful writing teams. Participants will tackle in-class writing prompts that will help unveil the myriad aspects of collaborative writing and how it might work for them.


Class format: 

  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
  • Instructor feedback given
  • Optional writing or reading outside of class.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing
John Yunker

John Yunker

John Yunker writes plays, short stories, and novels. He is the author of the novel The Tourist Trail; editor of the Among Animals fiction series and a nonfiction anthology, Writing for Animals; and his plays have been produced or staged at such venues as the Oregon Contemporary Theatre, the Source Festival, the Centre Stage New Play Festival, and Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference. His teleplay Sanctuary was performed at the 2017 Compassion Arts Festival in New York, and his short stories have been published in Phoebe, Qu, Flyway, Antennae, and other journals. He is co-author, with Midge Raymond, of the mystery novel Devils Island.

Midge Raymond

Midge Raymond


Midge Raymond is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short-story collection Forgetting English. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, and many other publications. Midge worked in publishing in New York before moving to Boston, where she taught communication writing at Boston University for six years. She has taught creative writing at Boston’s Grub Street Writers, Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, and San Diego Writers, Ink, and she is co-founder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press.

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.

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