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Class Catalog

There’s a class for everyone.

Long-time writer or just getting started? Writing an epic poem or a short story? Whoever you are and wherever your passions lie—if you want to write, there’s a Hugo House class for you. Explore our catalog and find yours.

When we say we want our classes to be for everyone, we mean it.

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Hybrid Forms Workshop

Instructor: Corinne Manning. This workshop will utilize the Critical Response Process to deepen our understanding of our own work and the work of other's, and explore the craft of contemporary hybrid masterpieces.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Nonfiction, Memoir

Memoir Essentials

Instructor: Theo Nestor. This class will discuss the essential elements of memoir writing, such as scenes, structure, voice, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 11, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Short Story

Short Fiction: From Blank Page to Last Page

Instructor: Holly Day. This class will offer a variety of generative prompts, from basic character formation and development exercises to creating vivid scenes and scenarios for your characters to live and participate in. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life, Reading

The Fearless Pen

Instructor: Beth Slattery. This class is designed to help fearful writers find the courage needed to begin, or finish, a project. Students will leave class with 25 pages written toward a project and extensive instructor feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Six Paths to Plot

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. This course will examine six different approaches to plot problems, using exercises, discussion, and homework to explore a range of tactics for unsnarling the difficult sinew of causality. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

Behind Submittable: An Editor’s POV

Instructor: Heidi Seaborn. This lecture will provide a window into the editorial process and calculations, demystifying the journey to publication while providing tips and strategies for success.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Essay

Deglazing Your Prose: Generative Revision

Instructor: Meredith Arena. This generative revisionary workshop is for writers working on something that feels lifeless or overworked.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Get Your Writing Life Organized!

Instructor: Paulette Perhach. Learn the habits, tools, and templates to use to become and stay organized and free the rest of your brain for writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online

South & Southeast Asian Literature

Instructors: Peter Bacho, Sonora Jha.  For all who appreciate diverse storytelling and global literature, authors/professors Peter Bacho and Sonora Jha will lead students a boundary-crossing literary tour to explore South and Southeast Asian literature, examining the collision of global geopolitics and immigrant struggles and much more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction

Comics for Writers

Instructor: Megan Kelso. This is a generative class for writers seeking to learn how to make comics and/or use drawing as a creative tool for improving their writing, practicing ways to access ideas visually, drawing on dreams, photographs, and more.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 16, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Market While You Write

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Build your audience before you publish your book exploring the practical and realistic ways to gather a community using websites, mailing lists, social and traditional media, influencers, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 16, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Writing for Performance

Writing Short Humor & Telling Big Jokes

Instructor: Mayur Chauhan. This generative class includes writing exercises, telling jokes in a highly supportive environment, adapting jokes into short humor pieces for humor publications, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 16, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Tech & Spec Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Carolyn Abram. This workshop focuses on the challenges and delights specific to tech and spec fiction, examining work from masters like Ted Chiang and Ursula K. Le Guin and the way communication shifts with technology.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 17, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Adding Dimensions to Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Tamara Dean. In this workshop, we'll experiment with several techniques for expanding the dimensions of creative nonfiction, including speculation, research, structural invention, and stylistic innovation.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 18, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

How to Write a Family Portrait

Instructor: Kristen Millares Young. Learn to tell the stories that have preoccupied, amused, and defined your family for generations, reflecting on intimate truths that can redefine how we think about ourselves, our kin, and our communities.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 18, 2024 , 6:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Como Escribir un Retrato Familiar

Please note that this class will be taught in Spanish.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 18, 2024 , 7:30pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Memoir

Map Out Your Memoir

Instructor: Theo Nestor. This class includes activities to help students who are at the beginning stages of writing a memoir plan and structure their story.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: April 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Nonfiction Character Intensive

Instructor: Jenny O'Connell. Through generative prompts, readings, and class discussions, we will explore characterization through motivation/desire, dialogue, perspective, themes, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 18, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

The Sentence is the Spark

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this class, we'll center our attention on micro-units of prose, looking at examples of vivid, lovely, and memorable language from writers like Ross Gay, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison, and exploring varied structures and techniques.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 18, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Bringing the Personal into Nature Writing

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this class, students will read and write prose that brings the relationship between the self and the nonhuman world into sharp focus.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Poetry, Reading, Short Story, Writing for Performance

Escribiendo e ilustrando cuentos de suspenso

Please note that this class will be taught in Spanish.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

How to Explain Anything

Instructor: Geraldine Woods. In this class, learn how to explain anything, in any genre, clearly and effectively. After analyzing examples from various writers, students will write their own explanatory passages.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

FOR BIPOC | Make Haste and Play: Exploring the Zuihitsu (Sliding Scale Tuition)

Instructor: Marguerite Harrold. The zuihitsu is a Japanese form and genre comparable to the lyric essay comprising casual, loosely connected fragments and ideas. Using Sei Shōnagon’s The Pillow Book, this class will explore poetry, lyrical essays, and hybrid work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Like a Poet: Using the Poetic Speaker

Instructor: Edward Sambrano III. This class will read and examine effective and imaginative use of the "poetic speaker" device—the perspective in which a poem is written. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online