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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 New York Times bestselling author Tara Conklin 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.

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, you’ll will meet once per month to check in on each student’s individual progress, in addition to general craft discussions.

Four One-Day Classes – You may register for one one-session class per quarter (fall, winter, spring & summer) at no additional charge. Exclusions apply for some visiting writers.

Second Reader – Students receive a full manuscript read by a second, outside reader. The second reader, who is well-published and is chosen in consultation with your Book Lab instructor, provides another critical read and an editorial note on your manuscript.

One-on-One Meetings with Mentor – Each student receives four one-on-one meetings with the Book Lab mentor.

Publishing Intensive – All Book Lab students are invited to full-day intensive publishing class on the book business in Spring Quarter. The Publishing Intensive features well-published writers, literary agents, and other individuals from the publishing business. An invaluable day for anyone ready to take their book to market.

The Book Lab cohort is between 5 and 7 students and registration is by application only.

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

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Tara Conklin

Class Type: Book Lab

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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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