Booklife Masterclass in Seattle, November 8th at the Hugo House

I’ll have a post next week setting out book tour info, including more information on other gigs in Seattle, but for now I wanted to point out that registration is now open for my Booklife Masterclass November 8th at the Hugo House in Seattle.

The description reads:

In this new age of social media, award-winning writer Jeff VanderMeer, the author of “Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers”, shows you how to achieve a sustainable career and sustainable creativity. From dealing with white noise and “open channels” to multi-tasking your creativity, distinguishing process from habit and rediscovering passion in your writing, this workshop is all about balance and working smarter. The workshop addresses questions such as “How can thinking strategically about your career actually enhance your private writing time?” and “What types of promotion or networking enhance your life?” For beginning and intermediate writers.

…which might be a little misleading, even though I wrote it, in that we’re going to do plenty of things on the creativity side, but the point is: there are certain kinds of bleeds between creativity and career that are energizing and useful to both.

One goal of the workshop is to show you ways to enhance your creativity by establishing more control over not just your career but your idea of what a career might be…as well as exploring what things you simply will never be able to control, and why that’s okay.

This masterclass is suitable for both beginning and intermediate writers. (For example, if you’ve had a first or second novel out and are still reeling from the experience, saying to yourself, “What truck just ran me over?”, you’re well within the range of writers that will benefit from the class.)

The class will also be small enough that I should have more than enough time to deal with any individual questions about any aspect of writing or the writing life. I will be there to be of use to you, drawing on 25 years of having seen the writing life from every possible angle, as well as having written all kinds of fiction and nonfiction.

As time allows, I will be contacting all students beforehand via email with five or six questions so I have all of the context about your level of experience and what you personally hope to get out of the workshop. On the back-end, once I’ve returned from the book tour, as per usual, students can contact me with follow-up questions.

This is a full-service operation, from beginning to end. If you’re interested and have questions now, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll reply.


  1. andy says

    Hi Jeff, I registered for the class, and I’m looking forward to it!
    I do have a question about the actual date… HugoHouse sez:

    “Meets: Sunday, November 08, 2009 – Sunday, November 08, 2009
    Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM”

    So is it Saturday or Sunday? :P

    Should we come to class with a copy/having read the book, or does the class include a copy?

    Thanks! and I’m looking forward to it!

  2. says

    It’s definitely on Sunday, Nov. 8th. I’ll ask them to fix that.

    I don’t believe the class includes a copy, and I don’t think it’s necessary to have read it first. My gut tells me that experiencing the class first and then picking up the book is the best method of absorption, so to speak. But, really, it’s up to you. But everything we do will be self-contained. Obviously, if you don’t pick up the book first and you enjoy the workshop, I hope you buy the book.

    Looking forward to meeting you!


  3. euphrosyne says

    As I live in Seattle and am taken by your work (and the *way* you work), I’d like to attend…but as a just-starting-to-get-serious (i.e., pre-beginner) writer, I realize I’m not ready, and I shan’t be that “aspiring author” who workshops more than writes.

    I’ll plan to attend the book tour, however. ;)

  4. Jeff VanderMeer says

    Well, the workshop isn’t directly about improving your writing. It’s more about the thought and processes and approaches that lead to having time and room in your head to write, in addition to the career things.