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Publishing Intensive [Karen Finneyfrock, Peter Mountford, Theo Nestor]

Time: - - - PT
Capacity: seat
Member Price: $180.00
General Price: $200.00

Intermediate / Advanced | This daylong intensive seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the publishing business and opportunities for writers of memoir, adult fiction, and young adult fiction.

Students will have the opportunity to pitch their books to small groups in a practice of their elevator pitch. All students are required to bring four printed copies of a brief synopsis of their book (a one to two paragraph “jacket copy“) in order to participate in this small group exercise.

In addition to hearing from the three instructors about their experiences finding literary agents and publishing with large and small presses, the class will feature three guests:

Michelle Brower, one of the top ranked literary agents for debut books in North America (according to Publishers Marketplace) will visit to describe what she looks for in manuscripts. Michelle has represented National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez; Tara Conklin, author of NYT bestselling novels The House Girl and The Last Romantics; bestselling historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor; the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; and After Disasters by Viet Dinh, which was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Prize.

Rachel Klayman is a VP and Executive Editor at Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she acquires nonfiction in the areas of popular history, narrative nonfiction, memoir, American culture, politics, psychology, and neuroscience. She has worked in book publishing for more than twenty years. In 2004, several months before his speech at the Democratic National Convention, she approached then-state senator Barack Obama about reviving his out-of-print memoir, Dreams from My Father. She subsequently edited Obama’s The Audacity of Hope. Among the other books she has edited are Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire, winner of the 2003 National Book Award in nonfiction; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot; Holy War, Inc. by Peter Bergen; Baghdad Without a Map by Tony Horwitz, and many others.

Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction, a novel forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2020. A prize-winning investigative journalist, book critic and essayist, Kristen serves as Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the anthology Pie & Whiskey. Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Kristen is board chair of Investigate West, a nonprofit news studio she co-founded in the Pacific Northwest.

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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