Course Catalog

Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | You know how to write. Now, how do you make a business out of your skills? How do you land your first clients? Set your rates? Create a steady stream of income? These are the questions Going Pro answers. Through guided and practical exercises, this course will give you the confidence to turn your art into a long-term, successful business. 

The freedom to design your life

How long have you dreamed of working on your own schedule, without a boss, from anywhere you’d like to work? How great would it be to decide what time you wake up? How freeing would it be to choose who you work with and which projects you take on?

More people than ever are creating careers like this for themselves. Once you learn how to create a steady stream of clients through marketing and networking (without feeling salesy), you can as well. 

This course walks you through the habits and systems that will help you design your day, week, and months so that you can ultimately design your creative life. 

Everything you need to launch your freelance business

Going Pro is a self-guided course that gives you the insider knowledge and organizational tools to thrive as a freelance writer. 

The 12-week course includes:

  • 60 lessons to educate you on the business side of writing
  • 60 projects to complete, each an important step in setting up your systems.
  • 30 templates to help you set up invoices, draft letters, and develop marketing content
  • Interviews with editors, successful freelance writers, and clients sharing their insights, successes, and advice

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Paulette Perhach

Class Type: 12 Sessions

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Start Date: 03/16/2022

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Maximum Class Size: 500

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Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Vice, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and The Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow.

She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about everything a writer needs to thrive – craft, personal finance, business skills, and joy – at The site also offers a newsletter with a year of daily writing prompts.

She keeps a casual podcast about creativity and money called Can We Talk About Money?

Learn more and read her work at

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