Fall 2014 Hugo House Class: Polishing Your Children’s Book Manuscript

Clare Meeker's Class "Polishing Your Children’s Book Manuscript" at Hugo HouseFall is a great time to pull out that manuscript draft and polish it up for submission to a publisher by the end of the year.  My six-week class will help you meet your goal in a nurturing and generative workshop environment. All genres are welcome, from picture book to young adult novels. The class will run on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at Hugo House, a writers cooperative on Capital Hill in Seattle, starting September 18. Read more… 

You have a story in progress and maybe even a finished draft. How do you polish it for submission to a publisher? We’ll focus on strengthening story structure, dramatic tension, voice, and character development. Discover the right amount of detail and description to include for your target age group and the themes that will deepen your story and give it broader appeal. Students will submit one story in progress to the class and receive constructive feedback on their work from the instructor and classmates. For more information or to register, please contact Hugo House at 206-322-7030 or click here.

Clare Meeker Hugo House Class: Polishing Your Children’s Book Manuscript

Photo caption: Special guest Elizabeth George talked about Character Development in my Spring 2014 Hugo House Story Structure class. 


Amazing sea otters capture our hearts.

My friend Mary Willard sent me this email from Alaska recently:
“I was camping at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and the National Park Visitor Center there had your book Lootas Little Wave Eater for sale. It made me happy. We saw sea otters in Glacier Bay National Park and again yesterday on a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward. They are so precious! One of the sea otters yesterday had a couple of gulls by it and something orange on its belly. As we got closer we saw that it was eating a Pacific octopus! Slurped those tentacles right down.”
Lootas Little Wave Eater at National Park Visitor Center in AlaskaWho can resist this adorable mug? The Lootas book tells the story of a one-month old sea otter pup whose life in the ocean off the coast of Alaska took a sudden drastic turn when her mother was accidentally killed by a fishing boat early one foggy morning. Sea otter pups cannot swim or feed themselves until they are at least a few months old. 
Lootas was rescued by the fisherman and flown the same day to the Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage. Within a week, they found a new home for her at the Seattle Aquarium where she was hand-raised by marine mammal specialist and now Aquarium director C.J. Casson and his staff. Sixteen years later, she is alive and well and a grandmother, too. You can watch Lootas and other members of the Aquarium’s sea otter family here on the Otter Cam.
How much does a sea otter pup eat? Sea otter pups need to eat a third of their body weight every day to stay healthy. So if a pup weighs 6 pounds, how many pounds of octopus, fish, sea urchins or shellfish would she eat?  What is Lootas’ favorite food? Crab legs on ice, of course!  
Otter Sea Lootas Little Wave Eater

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Thank you for visiting my Web site. I create stories for children that help them connect with the world around them. Through my books, I share my excitement and curiosity about:

Through my writing workshops and In-School Field Trips in schools and libraries, children discover their own voice and create stronger stories using my three-problem approach to story structure. Please take a few moments to look around my website.


Clare reading "Passages" from the book Secret Histories