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Posts about “Hugo Classes”

Motherhood is Not a Niche Topic: Writing Mother and Child with Anne Liu Kellor

Posted Thu, 9/19/2019 - 9:50am by  |  Category: ,

As a mother, I know how hard it is to find time to write. In the early years, it was all I could manage to scribble out a short journal entry in a 10-minute burst while someone else held the…

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Spotlight Poetry: An Interview with Kenji C. Liu & Ching-In Chen

Posted Fri, 9/13/2019 - 9:54am by  |  Category: , , ,

On September 26, poets Kenji C. Liu and Ching-In Chen will read from their latest work as part of our first-ever Spotlight Poetry night. Spotlight readings feature writers whose work transcends, engages, and recontextualizes poetry in the current moment. We…

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Micro-Lesson: Goal vs. Need by Jeff Bender

Posted Thu, 9/12/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , ,

There are a lot of names for these two ideas. Whatever we call them, they can shape some of our biggest decisions as storytellers. The Goal, or what Robert McKee (Story) calls the “conscious desire,” is the concrete and unconcealed…

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What Can We Learn from Harry Potter? by Karen Finneyfrock

Posted Tue, 9/10/2019 - 9:41am by  |  Category: , , ,

It was July 2007 and I was in line outside the bookstore at quarter to midnight. I was in Maryland and the mosquitos were still biting and the heat of the day clung to the sidewalk. I was only a…

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Lyric Essay 101 by Jessica Mooney

Posted Tue, 9/03/2019 - 9:34am by  |  Category: , , ,

Don’t know what a lyric essay is? Not sure if you’re even intending to write one? Don’t worry! My class, Structuring the Lyric Essay, will explore the lyric essay as a form that can be used to help inspire your…

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Titles That Don’t Let You Go by Susanne Paola Antonetta

Posted Tue, 8/20/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , , ,

Writing a title for a flash fiction or nonfiction piece is like dipping your oar into the roaring water while whitewater rafting. That oar stroke had better do some major work. The flash title is the oar that steers your little…

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Writing Prompt: Affected Bodies, Trauma, and Non-Human Encounters by Janice Lee

Posted Thu, 8/01/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

What really exists is not things made but things in the making. —William James How other kinds of beings see us matters. That other kinds of beings see us changes things. —Eduardo Kohn In my upcoming class, Memory Space: Inherited…

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Navigating to the Heart of the Story by Diana Xin

Posted Tue, 7/30/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , ,

I just need to find the right way to write this.  This is the refrain that comes up sometimes when I open a new blank document for an old story I’ve tried to write about seven times over the course…

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How Do Poems End? by Evelynn Yuen

Posted Fri, 7/19/2019 - 9:52am by  |  Category: ,

One of the most challenging parts of writing a poem is figuring out how to end it.  You want the ending to be poignant or beautiful or subversive, but how do you do that? These suggestions are by no means…

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Micro Lesson: A Short Meditation on the Glamorous Refusal of No! by Anastacia-Renée

Posted Fri, 7/12/2019 - 4:21pm by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

In the beginning of my writing career, it was a given that I’d say “Absolutely” or “Yes” to almost anything asked of me—oftentimes watching others reaping the benefits or, even worse, finding out that the heartfelt energy I’d put into…

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Micro Lesson: Dig Deep into Character by Stephanie Kuehnert

Posted Thu, 7/11/2019 - 5:25pm by  |  Category: , ,

Characters are the reason I write.  Their voices lodge themselves in my brain. They tug on my sleeve and insist that I tell their stories. The greatest compliment that I can get as a writer is that my characters stay…

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Micro Lesson: Detroit or Kansas? How to Hear the Voices Inside Your Head by Emily Warn and Nadia Imafidon

Posted Tue, 7/02/2019 - 9:44am by  |  Category: , ,

Emily’s take: When I say poem, it sounds like pome. I can easily mimic Frances McDormand when she says, “What’s in your BYAG, MA’AM?” (Fargo). My sharp “a’s” (grating to some) are sheep bya, byaing and not bah, bahing.  That’s…

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Micro Lesson: How to Write Yourself Home by Merna Ann Hecht

Posted Fri, 6/28/2019 - 9:43am by  |  Category: , , , ,

“To be an immigrant is to always live in some state of exile, even if its shadow seems to have grown faint inside us; you cannot forget your old homes, no matter how comfortingly familiar your new destination becomes, or…

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Micro-Lesson: Writing Travel by Carolyne Wright

Posted Thu, 6/27/2019 - 9:30am by  |  Category: , , ,

Elizabeth Bishop was the consummate American poet and writer of travel—born in Massachusetts, she was raised there and in Nova Scotia. As an adult she traveled extensively through France, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and North Africa, and she lived for fifteen…

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What is Speculative Nonfiction? by Kathleen Alcalá

Posted Tue, 6/18/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: ,

la·cu·na (ləˈk(y)o͞onə): n. (plural lacunae). 1. an unfilled space or interval; a gap. (“the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies”). 2. a missing portion in a book or manuscript. 3. (anatomy) a cavity or depression, especially in bone….

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