Submitting Short Work: Toward a Book Deal

with Alle C. Hall

Genres: Fiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

In Person

Open to all levels

6 Sessions

Start Date: April 27, 2024
End Date: June 1, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
General Price: $386.00

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You want to write a novel or short story collection. You might have work ready to submit; maybe not. You may not have a query letter, a system for tracking submissions, or any idea how to go about the process. Let's create them all!

In the first half of each class, you will learn about the publishing industry: genre, money, queries, tools for finding the best places to submit your work, and approaching agents (Do you need one?) and publishers for a book deal.

For the second half of each class, we will generate fiction using writing exercises, peer and teacher feedback, and in-your-body techniques.

Students will leave understanding traditional publishing, their evolving place in the industry, and with a solid draft of one piece, two query letters (one for agents, one for short work), and a system for tracking submissions.


Class format: 

  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
  • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
  • Both peer and Instructor feedback given.
  • 1-2 hours of 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

This class is not eligible for a member discount. Learn more here »

Alle C. Hall


Seattle author Alle C. Hall's debut novel As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back won five prizes prior to publication, including The National League of American Pen Women’s Mary Kennedy Eastham Prize. Hall’s short work appears in journals including Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review,Tupelo Quarterly,New World Writing,CreativeNonfiction, and Another Chicago. She has a lively passion for bringing writers to an easy understanding of their writing and publishing goals.

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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