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Book Lab

This yearlong mentorship program is for students who have completed a Yearlong Manuscript course or anyone with a complete manuscript ready for extensive feedback. Students will be part of an intimate cohort of fellow writers that work together and one-on-one with a qualified and accomplished writing mentor to reach the final draft of their book. The program runs from September-August.

The schedule below is for the ten week class during Fall Quarter.

Registration in Book Lab is by application only. Please complete an application hereApplications open August 12.

Book Lab includes:

Ten Week Class in Fall Quarter
This course will provide the opportunity for Book Lab participants to get know each other and their individual book projects. During these ten weeks, you?ll address relevant topics and concerns surrounding your projects and be provided with writing prompts and writing time. By the end of this first quarter, you’ll have developed a detailed timeline for completing your manuscript through the following year.

Six Cohort Meetings
Following the ten-week class, students and mentor will meet once per month to check in on manuscript completion/manuscript-edit completion timeline. Each meeting focuses on reviewing progress from one student in addition to general discussion.

Four One-Day Classes
You may register for one free one-session class per quarter over four quarters. Exclusions apply for some visiting writers.

Second Reader
Students receive a full manuscript read by a second, outside reader.

One-on-One Meetings with Mentor
Each student receives four one-on-one meetings with mentor.

Publishing Intensive
A full-day intensive publishing class on the book business and finding a market for your book in Spring Quarter. The class will feature guests, including literary agents, and other individuals from the publishing business.

The Book Lab cohort is between 5 and 7 students.

Payment plans available. Contact registrar@hugohouse.org for more information.

Instructor: Claire Dederer

Class Type: Book Lab

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Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 10/01/2019

No Class On: 11/26/2019

End Date: 12/10/2019

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 7

$5400.00 Member Price:
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Claire Dederer

Claire Dederer is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning and Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which was a New York Times bestseller. Poser has been translated into 11 languages, optioned for television by Warner Bros., and adapted for the stage.

Dederer is at work on Monsters, a nonfiction book investigating good art made by bad people, forthcoming from Knopf. The book is based on her 2017 essay for the Paris Review, “What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?” The essay went globally viral, was a Longform best essay of the year, and has repeatedly been cited as one of the most influential and insightful pieces of writing on the Me Too movement to date.

Dederer is a long-time contributor to The New York Times. Her essays, criticism, and reviews have also appeared in The Paris Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Slate, Salon, High Country News, and many other publications. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently Labor Day. Dederer began her career as the chief film critic for Seattle Weekly. She has taught at Hugo House and the University of Washington, as well as residencies, workshops, conferences, MFA programs, and universities across the country. She currently teaches at the Pacific University low residency MFA Program.

She is the recipient of a Hedgebrook residency and a Lannan Foundation residency.

Dederer is a fourth-generation Seattle native. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband, the writer Bruce Barcott, and their children.

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