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Yearlong Manuscript Class in Memoir

ABOUT YEARLONG CLASSES AT HUGO HOUSE

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year, class will provide advanced and dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a publishable draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already have a rough draft, this yearlong course will help you set and active clear goals, as well as write and revise with intention. The first third of the class will focus on developing proficiency with the writing tools (craft elements) that you will need to use, and the remaining two thirds of the class will be comprised of workshops and writing toward personally devised deadlines. At the end of the year, there will be a two-day, weekend-long intensive on the book business and finding a market for your book, and Hugo House will host a culminating celebration and reading. Previous workshop experience required.

ABOUT THE YEARLONG MEMOIR CLASS

In this craft-focused class, we will be discussing aspects great and small 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.

After you register, please submit the following to registrar@hugohouse.org: a summary of your memoir project as well as your previous workshop and writing experience (max. 200 words). 

No class Nov. 26, Dec. 17, Dec. 24, Dec. 31, Jan. 7, April 8.

Publishing Intensive Weekend: May 16 and May 17, 1–4 P.M.

Instructor: Theo Nestor

Start Date: 09/17/2014

No Class On: See class description

End Date: 05/20/2015

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$1125.00 Member Price:
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$1250.00 General Price:

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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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