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Ruth Ozeki: Taking Care of Her Craft

Posted Tue, 2/20/2018 - 7:47am by  |  Category: , ,

Ruth Ozeki is a writer who cares deeply about her craft. Part of that sense of care relates to how her novels are strongly and sensitively informed by her concerns—the health of our food supply, the effect of digital technologies…

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Advice for Writers on Residencies

Posted Tue, 1/30/2018 - 1:37pm by  |  Category: , , ,

A sanctuary away from home and the distractions of daily life with time to work on your craft: every writer’s dream. If a writer’s residency is in your plans this year, we’ve rounded up resources and words of advice from…

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Take a Tour of the New Hugo House

Posted Mon, 1/22/2018 - 11:57am by  |  Category:

Set to open summer 2018 on the corner of 11th Avenue and E Olive, the new Hugo House will have ample room for us to continue to dream and grow. More space to serve more readers and writers Six classrooms…

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Making Certain It Goes On: Hugo House $1.032M Closer to Building Our New Home

Posted Fri, 1/19/2018 - 11:24am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House has received a Building for the Arts grant of $1.032 million from Washington state—a significant portion of the funds needed to purchase our new space and turn it into a home for writers. Thank you to everyone who…

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New Year, New Writing Resolutions

Posted Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:52am by  |  Category:

A new year means new writing resolutions—and the start of a new quarter of classes here at Hugo House in which to start checking them off. Whether you’re hoping to sharpen your poetry or storytelling skills, try a new genre,…

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Hugo House’s Best-Loved Books of 2017

Posted Thu, 12/07/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category: ,

Plan your 2018 reading with these picks from the writers and readers of Hugo House. These books are what kept them up late, turning pages, all year long. Which will you start with? Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay…

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Jess Walter on Time and the Writer

Posted Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:19am by  |  Category: , ,

Jess Walter believes that when you’ve got a sense of humor about life there’s always a way forward. That philosophy clearly relates to his work as a writer. While he may jest at his own ways and means of tackling…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: What To Do Next With Your Novel

Posted Mon, 12/04/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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It’s December. We made it! I hope you completed your NaNoWriMo novel. It’s hard to beat the feeling of submitting that draft on the website. And if you didn’t complete NaNoWriMo, that’s okay. Make a schedule to finish your draft…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Decide What Your Novel’s Characters Want

Posted Mon, 11/27/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you’re hopefully nearing the end of your draft. I hope adding value shifts to your scenes has made them more exciting and fun to write. You might feel like you’re running into the problem…

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Why I Write by Participants in Building a Writing Class with Anne Liu Kellor

Posted Tue, 11/21/2017 - 7:49am by  |  Category: , ,

The passages that follow are excerpts from a ten-minute in-class free write from the prompt Why do you write? Afterwards, we read aloud in a round and the energy in the room was palpable. I feel so grateful each time…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Make Your Novel’s Scenes Exciting

Posted Mon, 11/20/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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I hope your NaNoWriMo draft is going well. You’re probably past the halfway point. Nice job! If you’ve been following these blogs, you probably have a plan to finish the first draft of your novel this month and you’re writing…

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Making Certain It Goes On: Share Your Story

Posted Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:40am by  |  Category:

I recently heard a story about the author Sonya Lea. For those not familiar with Sonya, she published a memoir, Wondering Who You Are, with Tin House; it chronicles her experience with her husband’s amnesia and how they built a…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Why Picking a Genre Will Help You Write Your Novel

Posted Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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Welcome to the second full week of November! I hope you’re feeling like you’re making great progress on your draft and that planning your daily writing and specific word counts is giving you direction. You’re also probably feeling a little bit stuck….

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New Series Supports Indigenous Poets

Posted Tue, 11/07/2017 - 7:00am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House and Poetry Foundation kick off Poetry Across the Nations, a new community outreach program facilitated by Native women, on December 6–8. Conceived by poet Natalie Diaz in collaboration with Jennifer Foerester and Ydalmi Noriega of the Poetry Foundation,…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Plan Your Novel’s Beginning, Middle, and End

Posted Mon, 11/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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We’re entering the first full week of NaNoWriMo. I hope you’ve had a lot of fun writing so far. I know I always feel good after a few days of consistent writing. If you’re following my recommended schedule from my…

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