Course Catalog

Yearlong Manuscript Class in Memoir

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.

Meets for 30 sessions + Publishing Day Intensive.

Please submit a project description here.

Hugo House Member descriptions will be reviewed in order they are received. We will contact students on a rolling basis to register over the phone. Beginning August 18 we will review non-member samples as well, and continue to contact students on a rolling basis.

Yearlong Cancellation Policy: Cancellations 3 days or more before a class, class credit or transfers will be issued less a $15 fee. Refunds will be issued less a $35 fee. 3 days or more before the start of the second class meeting, class credit, transfers, or refunds of 66% will be issued.

THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please add yourself to the waitlist so we can gauge interest in future offerings of this course.

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: Theo Nestor

Class Type: Yearlong

Start Date: 09/16/2015

End Date: 05/25/2016

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

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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