Start Your Novel: Let’s Write Your First 10,000 Words

with Mary Adkins

Genres: Fiction, Novel


Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: May 6, 2023
End Date: May 6, 2023
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
5 seats left!
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

This one-day workshop will teach you the fundamentals you should tackle before starting your novel, setting you up to produce your first 10,000 words in under three weeks. We will workshop your idea to make sure it's big enough to carry a novel, develop the essential attributes of your main character (and discuss what you don't need to know—like where they went to high school or their favorite color), and cover what makes an opening hook the reader.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Mary Adkins

Mary Adkins


Mary Adkins is author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick, Best Book of 2019 by Real Simple), Privilege ( Best Summer Read), and Palm Beach (New York Post Best Book of 2021). Her books are published in 13 countries. 

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.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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.

Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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.

Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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