Alle’s Fiction picks for Winter Classes at Richard Hugo House

fiction 1Despite my dedication to getting right that essay I’ve been working on for ten years, I am seduced by the number of outstanding fiction offerings in the Hugo House catalog. Here’s what I’d take, had I endless professional development dollars:

  • Ryan Boudinot’s ten-week Master Class in Short Fiction. He is also offering a class called Magical Grab Bag of Mind-Blowing, Writerly Surprises—the name of which tells you all you need to know about the tsunami that is Ryan Boudinot. Last year, I reviewed his astounding novel, Blueprint’s of the Afterlife. So I know everything.
  • Except for what I don’t about {Manuscript + Marketing} = Published. Luckily, Waverly Fitzgerald has me covered. I’ve taken from and taught with Waverly. She gets it—pitches, cover letters; all the angles on self-publishing, as well as self-publishing in context of traditional publishing. If you completed NaNoWriMo, or if you have a novel that you are ready to shop around, Waverly Fitzgerald’s NaNoWriMo! Now What? is essential.
  • Finally, Anthony Doerr’s one-day POV What. Writers of Doerr’s accomplishment are physically not often in Seattle. His number of “year-end Best Of lists” (ALA, NYT), “been anthologized in” (Best American, Anchor’s New American Short Stories, Scribner’s Contemporary Fiction), prizes and awards (four O. Henries, the 2010 Story Prize, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award; it goes on) and fellowships (Guggenheim, NEA) are great than the number of ideas I have for books.
And he has cute kids?
And he has cute kids?

Despite what I said here, bla bla bla great writers who may not be great teachers; hang on –


I’m registering for POV What in real time!! It’s so The Circle! Can I get a smile and a zing?

Drat! I was wait-listed. Frown. Get yourself wait-listed ASAP.

Check back tomorrow for my poetry picks. Or here for Non-fiction.

New Year’s Lag Time can be deadly for writers.

Don’t let it suck you in.

The Ineffable R. Brown
The Ineffable R. Brown

Yesterday, I signed up for  “Writing Very Short Stories,” Rebecca Brown’s upcoming workshop at Richard Hugo House. I was drawn by the way she described it: “Fiction and nonfiction stories, parables, vignettes, memoir-ish thingies, unclassifiable, etc.”

I haven’t seen the ineffable Ms. Brown on the roster recently. Grab a spot while you still can.

Tomorrow, I will post my non-fiction picks for Hugo House’s winter classes. I teach there, so I know everything.