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Zoom Classes: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted Thu, 3/26/2020 - 4:01pm by  |  Category:

Never taken a class using Zoom before? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the questions we get asked most frequently about using Zoom. If your question isn’t on this list, please write us at…

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Happy Divorce! How to separate sound from meaning in poetry by Erica Sklar

Posted Fri, 2/28/2020 - 10:37am by  |  Category: , , ,

Divorcing ourselves from meaning in writing can feel impossible. We get lost in our narratives and our characters, in the metaphors we’re creating and the incredible dialogue that we just can’t seem to fit into the story. But the freedom…

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Love in the Time of COVID-19 by Janée J. Baugher

Posted Tue, 3/31/2020 - 11:35am by  |  Category: ,

With National Poetry Month starting April 1, Hugo Instructor Janée Baugher wrote this poem for the blog. Her class, National Poetry Month Intensive, starts tomorrow. Late registrations are welcome. Call 206.322.7030 to sign up. Learn more » I’m thinking about…

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COVID-19: FAQs and Information

Posted Wed, 3/04/2020 - 12:30pm by  |  Category: ,

Update: March 12, 2020 Dear friends of Hugo House, Over the past week, we have been trying to keep our doors open because we know Hugo House provides a source of sustenance beyond physical health to many of you. However,…

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Behind Closed Doors: An Exclusive Q&A with Anthony Swofford and Charles D’Ambrosio

Posted Tue, 2/18/2020 - 9:53am by  |  Category: , ,

On February 28, Anthony Swofford, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Charles D’Ambrosio will kick off the second half of the 2019–20 Hugo Literary Series with new works on the theme of “Behind Closed Doors.” In a recent email exchange, Anthony and…

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Straight Talk About Diverse Books by Rachel Werner

Posted Thu, 2/13/2020 - 9:45am by  |  Category: ,

Have #OwnVoices finally become mainstream? Do you have a preconceived notion it will be easier to query your manuscript because diverse books are now trending? The latest research, compiled by Lee & Low Books and released earlier this week, seems…

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Read Like a Writer: Henry James and Sally Rooney by Liza Birnbaum

Posted Fri, 2/07/2020 - 11:57am by  |  Category: , , ,

Sally Rooney’s novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People have been two of the most talked-about books of the past five years. Profiles of Rooney tend to feature her age (she’s not yet thirty) and to deploy descriptions like “phenomenon”…

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Outsmarting the Algorithm: Dissecting Your Favorite Song to Build a Personalized Playlist by Catherine Harris-White / SassyBlack

Posted Wed, 2/05/2020 - 9:17am by  |  Category: , ,

There are many reasons music resonates with us. Most times it’s because that music has prompted a bit of nostalgia. Maybe it reminds you of your childhood or of a loved one or even a lover. Sometimes music can remind…

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How to Keep a “Long Story Short” by Margot Leitman

Posted Tue, 2/04/2020 - 9:00am by  |  Category: , ,

As the author of Long Story Short, the Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need and What’s Your Story? A Workbook for the Storyteller in All of Us, I get asked a lot about how long a story for the stage…

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“I Was Ready to Head Out for Parts Unknown”: An Exclusive Q&A with Gish Jen

Posted Wed, 1/29/2020 - 9:00am by  |  Category: , ,

Gish Jen is the author of five works of fiction, including Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, and World and Town, as well as two books of nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four…

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Hearing Voices: Breaking Writer’s Block through Radical Listening by Matt Trease

Posted Tue, 1/21/2020 - 8:58am by  |  Category: , , ,

In the many years since I decided to become a writer and teacher, I’ve heard numerous students, and even established writers, bemoan what they call writer’s block with some variation of the lament “I just don’t feel I have anything…

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Micro Lesson: Writing the Dead and Other Magical Inclinations by Michele Bombardier

Posted Fri, 1/17/2020 - 9:53am by  |  Category: , , ,

One of the best parts of being a poet is the outrageousness of it.  “Out here I can say anything” Larry Levis famously wrote, and we understand viscerally what he meant. On the page, we get to say anything, go…

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Micro-Lesson: Graphic Writing for Comic Characters by Greg Stump

Posted Tue, 1/14/2020 - 12:00pm by  |  Category: , , ,

When it comes to emphasizing, setting off, and differentiating bits of dialogue, cartoonists and comic artists have a wide range of graphic techniques at their disposal. Used in moderation, these approaches to visual writing can really add to your characters’…

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How to Start Your Story (or Novel) with Its Best Foot Forward by Raymond Fleischmann

Posted Mon, 12/30/2019 - 9:42am by  |  Category: , , ,

“If I can get that first paragraph right,” Stephen King once told The Atlantic, “I’ll know I can do the book.” Starting a story—or novel—can feel pretty intimidating. And to be sure, a compelling start can do more than encourage…

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Micro Lesson: Writing From Nature by John Farnsworth

Posted Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:22am by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

When people learn that I’m a nature writer, there’s a natural assumption that what I spend most of my time doing is writing about nature. While it would not be unkind or even inaccurate to characterize my work this way,…

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