Course Catalog

Book Lab

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.

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 here. The application will open August 17.

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: Tara Conklin

Class Type: 16 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 09/30/2020

No Class On: 11/25/2020

End Date: 12/09/2020

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 7

$5400.00 Member Price:
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Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the author of The House
Girl (William Morrow, 2013) and The
Last Romantics (William Morrow, 2019),
both New York Times bestsellers. The Last
Romantics was a Barnes & Noble Book Club
Pick, IndieNext Pick, and was selected by
Jenna Bush Hager as the inaugural read for
The Today Show Book Club.

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