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Yearlong Manuscript Class in Memoir

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, Hugo House’s three yearlong classes will provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already have a rough draft, these yearlong courses will help you set active, clear goals, as well as write and revise with intention. The first third of each course focuses on developing proficiency with the writing tools (craft elements) that you will need to use, and the remaining two thirds of these courses are comprised of workshops, and writing toward personally devised deadlines. There will be a full day intensive class on the book business and finding a market for your book. The publishing class will feature guests, including literary agents, and other individuals from the publishing business. It is okay to miss some classes because of travel. That said, students who get the most out of yearlong classes are often very dedicated to their writing, and are eager to develop a strong and steady writing practice, as well as become part of a tightly knit cohort of writers.
In this craft-focused class, we will be discussing aspects of writing a memoir that has enduring value, including but not limited to: expanding your story to the universal and contracting it to the stunningly specific; generating material once you’ve clarified your story’s arc and themes; writing a scene, a chapter, a section; creating momentum; making your narrator a character; what to include and what to leave out; finding the connective tissue that makes a book cohere; how to open a memoir and how to end it.

Please submit a project description at this link: https://hugohouse.submittable.com/submit/8afb234a-3279-48b0-bfdc-45f33c8c781f

We will call you to complete registration once your description has been reviewed.

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Instructor: Theo Nestor

Class Type: Yearlong

Start Date: 09/21/2016

End Date: 05/24/2017

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 10

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Theo Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006.

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