February, 2016

4 Ways to Write About Animals

Posted Fri, 2/26/2016 - 10:14am by  |  Category:

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series. Every week (give or take a few) we’ll share a short tip related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from Laurie Alberts. Her March 19 workshop, Writing About Animals, will explore…

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How to Apply Tarot to Character

Posted Fri, 2/26/2016 - 9:52am by  |  Category:

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series. Every week (give or take a few) we’ll share a short tip related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from Abby Frucht. Her March 19 workshop, The Tarot of Character, will…

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Three Writing Secrets from Ann Randolph

Posted Tue, 2/23/2016 - 12:24am by  |  Category:

Ann Randolph will teach Write Your Life for the Page and the Stage, on March 12 and 13. Here are her three writing secrets—plus, check out the prompt at the end. 1. Dare to Bare Speak about the very subject…

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Feeling rejected? Or, the time Stephen King almost got spooked

Posted Fri, 2/19/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Stephen King’s rise from obscurity has grown to near-mythical stature in the writing world. Here was a man, living in a doublewide with a toddler and a newborn, who kept up the fight. Who opened his rejection slips, found them…

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Three Poems by Hugo Teen Writer Henrietta Hadley

Posted Tue, 2/16/2016 - 1:24pm by  |  Category:

Every week, on Wednesdays, teens flock to the House to attend Write Time, a free writing circle led by Karen Finneyfrock. Every other week, a group of teen writers comes to the Young Writers Cohort, an MFA-style workshop and literary…

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“I Shall Be a Bestselling Writer” — Octavia E. Butler Gives Herself the Advice We All Need to Hear

Posted Mon, 2/08/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Feel like you’ve been seeing a lot of news about Octavia E. Butler lately? Unfortunately, it’s in honor of a sad anniversary. As of February 24, it’s been ten years since the beloved author died at age 58. The anniversary…

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Leave Smoke, by Jeff Walt

Posted Fri, 2/05/2016 - 4:47pm by  |  Category:

Jeff was selected by Hugo House to be featured on the blog for his response to the upcoming Hugo Literary Series theme, “What Goes Around Comes Around.” Here’s the poem he wrote — an energetic, sound-laden tale of revenge. Leave Smoke…

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Get Excited: Kellen Braddock on D. A. Powell’s Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys

Posted Thu, 2/04/2016 - 11:20am by  |  Category:

D. A. Powell’s fifth book of poetry, Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys, turns undesirable places into sultry Netflix-and-chill spaces: arcades, parking lots, questionable bathhouses, the boonies. The smell of sewage plants, libations poured from gas pump nozzles, limbs…

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How to Write a Love Letter

Posted Thu, 2/04/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Dear Beloved Reader, We write this at the start of the year’s most love-drunk month: February. Cupid has officially taken up residency in grocery stores near you, trailing a string of red, white, and pink paper hearts. Expect the romance…

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How to Find the Right Literary Agent: 4 Tips for Creating a Targeted Submission List

Posted Tue, 2/02/2016 - 2:17pm by  |  Category:

“How do I find the right publisher?” Good question. As publishing consultants, we get this a lot. Publishing can often seem like a mystery, and one of the biggest sources of confusion and frustration for an aspiring author is figuring…

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