Classes

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story, The Writing Life

  • Term: 2022
  • Start Date: June 13, 2022
  • End Date: September 2, 2022
  • Day of Week:
  • Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online Asynchronous
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $149.00
  • Member Price: $134.10

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Writer’s Welcome Kit (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Want to be a writer? Don’t waste time. The Writer’s Welcome Kit aims to save you 100 hours of work and worry as you go from wanting to be a writer to working to be a writer. It’s the first e-course that combines the information you need with the resources professional writers use to get published.

The Writer’s Welcome Kit is what every writer wishes they’d had when starting out.

  • Unlike writing books, the interactive Kit includes ten essential templates in Word and Excel to kickstart your writing life, plus 100 links to websites useful to writers.
  • Unlike in-person classes, you can complete the Kit on your own schedule from anywhere in the world.

Writing’s not boring, and neither is the Writer’s Welcome Kit. We offer a range of interactive tools to help you develop your skills and immerse yourself in the literary world. The six-week course includes:

A 100-page e-course workbook. Chapters include: How to Start, Your Writing Practice, Your Reading Practice, Your Writer’s Craft, Your Writing Business, and Your Writing Life.


Audio interviews with advice from New York Times best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jess Walter, Peter Mountford, Claire Dederer, and Jane Wong.


Templates for editing stories, creating complex characters, and tracking story submissions. These templates mimic the documents a professional writer develops over the course of their career to maintain organization.


100 bookmarks to sites helpful for writers, including literary magazines, online writing tools, and free access to ebooks. New writers might not know all there is out there to help them in their careers.


100 flashcards to finally learn grammar and literary devices in an online interactive flashcard app. Learning these terms will really help you feel like a writer dedicated to the craft.


100 writing prompts to guide your freewriting sessions and freewrite in characters’ voices. These prompts are provocative enough to get you writing, and general enough to be reusable.

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Vice, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and The Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow.

She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about everything a writer needs to thrive – craft, personal finance, business skills, and joy – at WelcomeToTheWritersLife.com. The site also offers a newsletter with a year of daily writing prompts.

She keeps a casual podcast about creativity and money called Can We Talk About Money?

Learn more and read her work at PaulettePerhach.com.