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october, 2018

22octAll Day29Masterclass:Ellen Sussman – Jump-start Your Novel or Memoir(All Day)

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This workshop is for writers who are ready to begin writing a novel or memoir or those who have hit some roadblocks along the way. It would also help the writer who has a fledgling idea for a novel/memoir and doesn’t know how to develop it. We’ll tackle essential novel (and memoir) writing questions including:

Is my novel idea big enough? Is it interesting enough? How much do I need to plan before I begin writing? What point of view should I use for this novel? Are my characters well-developed? Do I know who they are and how they’ll change? Do I need to know where I’m heading in this story? How much plot do I need to know? How will I write this novel/memoir?

By the end of the week, you’ll discover how pre-writing can help bring your novel ideas into focus and to prepare for first draft writing. You’ll also learn various ways to structure your time so that you can make writing a regular practice in your lives.

This class will work for those of you who are very experienced as well as for newbies. You won’t be bringing any writing to class — we’ll start with a blank slate and take it from there. You’ll end the week with a good deal of new material and a strong sense of the novel or memoir you’ll be ready to tackle in the year ahead.


Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in ProvenceThe Paradise Guest HouseFrench Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes and she is the co-founder and co-director of Sonoma County Writers Camp. www.ellensussman.com

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Priority application deadline: July 27th, 2018
Class Dates: October 22-29, 2018


Fee: $3000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible. Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program, since it provides a vitally needed earned income stream for Hedgebrook.)


october 22 (Monday) - 29 (Monday)

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