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How to Bring Truth into Storytelling by Kristen Millares Young

Posted Tue, 1/15/2019 - 10:05am by  |  Category: , , , ,

An investigative journalist by trade, I am a novelist and essayist by vocation. Today, I encourage you to use research to engage with the world. Don’t just sit at home, typing and scrolling. Google will not get you there. And…

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Micro Lesson: The Intersection of Poetry and Activism with Demi Wetzel

Posted Wed, 1/09/2019 - 10:15am by  |  Category: , , , ,

The optimism of a new year is almost too sweet to ignore. The next few hundred days are full of possibilities, ranging from the positive and uplifting to the more sinister and grotesque. It is perhaps a fair assumption to…

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Micro Lesson: The Art of the Question with Jake Uitti

Posted Thu, 1/03/2019 - 9:16am by  |  Category: , , , ,

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re at your computer or on your cell phone and you’re scrolling through what might be of interest as you wait for a bus to arrive or a delivery person to bring you some…

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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2018

Posted Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:00am by  |  Category: , , , ,

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over. Whether you’re hoping to get one last great read in before the start of the new year or plan for 2019, these recommendations from Hugo House teachers are sure to inspire and…

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Natalie Baszile: Honesty is Key to Capturing Place and Character

Posted Tue, 11/27/2018 - 1:12pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, a breakout debut novel that follows the experiences of an African-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm and relocates from Los Angeles to rural Louisiana. The book was named one of the…

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Building the Story: A Q&A with Chavisa Woods by Corinne Manning

Posted Mon, 9/03/2018 - 10:02am by  |  Category: , ,

Chavisa Woods writes like everything is on fire because it is. This year, she was awarded the Shirley Jackson Award, the Kathy Acker Award, and received her third nomination from LAMBDA for her story collection Things to Do When You’re…

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Finishing Your Book: A Q&A with Writer and Mentor Peter Mountford

Posted Wed, 8/29/2018 - 12:50pm by  |  Category: , , ,

This fall, we’re introducing a new advanced program for writers: a place of experimentation and accountability that we’re calling the Book Lab. Designed to help writers reach the final draft of their book, Book Lab is for anyone with a…

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Presenting the 2018-19 Made at Hugo House Fellows

Posted Mon, 7/23/2018 - 10:24am by  |  Category:

We are thrilled to announce the writers selected for the Made at Hugo House fellowship, a major component of our mission to support writers at all stages of their artistic life. The 2018-19 Made at Hugo House fellows are Courtney…

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Meet Me in… Index?

Posted Thu, 7/19/2018 - 12:56pm by  |  Category:

Construction of our new home on Capitol Hill is roaring toward completion, but before we finalize everything, we want to get your input on one of the most important parts of our new home: the classrooms. In honor of Richard…

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Kristen Millares Young Named 2018-19 Prose Writer-in-Residence

Posted Mon, 7/16/2018 - 9:25am by  |  Category:
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Kristen Millares Young has not only been an important part of Hugo House but of the literary community at large. If you’ve been to a reading in Seattle lately, you’ve likely seen her in the audience or on the stage,…

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Making Certain It Goes On: Writing It Out

Posted Thu, 6/28/2018 - 10:05am by  |  Category:

In our 280-character world, good conversation can be hard to find. What luck then that I found myself in a room with a group of people looking to go a little deeper than a sound bite. We were gathered at…

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Rob Arnold Joins Hugo House to Program Readings and Events

Posted Tue, 6/26/2018 - 7:56am by  |  Category: ,

We are excited to announce that Rob Arnold has joined our staff to program readings and events. Welcome, Rob! An arts administrator, creative organizer, and poet with an extensive background in publishing and working with writers, Rob brings a decade…

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Four Ways to Refine Your Critic’s Voice by Melinda Bargreen

Posted Wed, 6/20/2018 - 11:01am by  |  Category: , ,

As the saying goes: “Everyone’s a critic.” But bringing out your inner reviewer is a complex process. Writing a review is much more than just “criticizing.” In my upcoming class, Critical Thinking: Writing a Review, you’ll have the opportunity to…

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Summer Readings and Events: Write Our Democracy, Ben Lerner, and More

Posted Tue, 6/05/2018 - 7:59am by  |  Category:

Words are alive and malleable. At Hugo House, you can literally watch them being shaped by living, practicing writers. Our events, too, focus on the process of writing as much as the finished product, and that ethos is even more…

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Keep Writing: A Teach-In With Write Our Democracy and Seattle Escribe

Posted Wed, 5/30/2018 - 9:44am by  |  Category: ,

It’s a myth that good writing requires solitude. Or, at least, it’s a half-truth. When I teach, I tell my students this: We write in community. What I mean by this is that writing is an act of connection, a…

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