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Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

with Paulette Perhach

Genres: Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Essay

Online Asynchronous

Open to all levels

12 Sessions

Start Date: April 9, 2023
End Date: April 9, 2023
Time: - - - PT
Capacity: 1000 seats
Member Price: $315.00
General Price: $350.00

You know how to write. Now, how do you make a business out of your skills? How do you land your first clients? Set your rates? Create a steady stream of income? These are the questions Going Pro answers. Through guided and practical exercises, this course will give you the confidence to turn your art into a long-term, successful business. The freedom to design your life How long have you dreamed of working on your own schedule, without a boss, from anywhere you’d like to work? How great would it be to decide what time you wake up? How freeing would it be to choose who you work with and which projects you take on? More people than ever are creating careers like this for themselves. Once you learn how to create a steady stream of clients through marketing and networking (without feeling salesy), you can as well. This course walks you through the habits and systems that will help you design your day, week, and months so that you can ultimately design your creative life. Everything you need to launch your freelance business Going Pro is a self-guided course that gives you the insider knowledge and organizational tools to thrive as a freelance writer. The 12-week course includes: 60 lessons to educate you on the business side of writing 60 projects to complete, each an important step in setting up your systems. 30 templates to help you set up invoices, draft letters, and develop marketing content Interviews with editors, successful freelance writers, and clients sharing their insights, successes, and adviceYou know how to write. Now, how do you make a business out of your skills? How do you land your first clients? Set your rates? Create a steady stream of income? These are the questions Going Pro answers. Through guided and practical exercises, this course will give you the confidence to turn your art into a long-term, successful business.

The freedom to design your life

How long have you dreamed of working on your own schedule, without a boss, from anywhere you’d like to work? How great would it be to decide what time you wake up? How freeing would it be to choose who you work with and which projects you take on?

More people than ever are creating careers like this for themselves. Once you learn how to create a steady stream of clients through marketing and networking (without feeling salesy), you can as well. 

This course walks you through the habits and systems that will help you design your day, week, and months so that you can ultimately design your creative life. 

Everything you need to launch your freelance business

Going Pro is a self-guided course that gives you the insider knowledge and organizational tools to thrive as a freelance writer. 

The 12-week course includes:

  • 60 lessons to educate you on the business side of writing
  • 60 projects to complete, each an important step in setting up your systems.
  • 30 templates to help you set up invoices, draft letters, and develop marketing content
  • Interviews with editors, successful freelance writers, and clients sharing their insights, successes, and advice
Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach

she/her

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Vox, Elle, The Washington Post, Slate, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, Yoga Journal, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, and Vice. She’s the author of two million-reader viral essays.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about a writer’s craft, business, personal finance, and joy at welcometothewriterslife.com and leads meditation and writing sessions through A Very Important Meeting.

She serves writers as a coach,

Hugo House awarded her the Made at Hugo House fellowship in 2013.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

Sliding-scale classes are offered every quarter. Find them in our Class Catalog.

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At this time, we offer payment plans on classes 8 sessions and up. Email education@hugohouse.org with the name of the class you’re interested in to set up a payment plan.

Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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.

In general, we do not record classes. However, an exception if a student has specific access needs.

We encourage students to only sign up for classes that fit with their schedule.   

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.

If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.

Hugo House members get to register early for classes – a full week before they open to the general public!, receive a 10% discount on events and classes, and more. See the full list of membership benefits here!

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