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Posts about “Hugo Classes”

Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Story by Jennifer Haupt

Posted Tue, 4/23/2019 - 10:05am by  |  Category: , , , ,

Whether you’re just dipping a toe into the waters of your story (fiction or memoir) or you’re stuck rowing around in circles, there are seven basic steps for integrating character development, plot, and structure that will enable you to navigate…

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Micro Lesson: Back to the (Plastic) Well by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Mon, 4/22/2019 - 10:00am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

Or: You Never Know When Research Will Prove Useful 1. Not all Navel-Gazing Is Bad A few weeks ago, I published a review of the electronic duo Matmos’s new album, Plastic Anniversary. At the risk of repeating myself, Plastic Anniversary—which…

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On Telling Life Stories by Susan Meyers

Posted Fri, 4/19/2019 - 10:08am by  |  Category: , , , ,

“To write one’s life is to live it twice.” So says my first memoir teacher, Patricia Hampl. Certainly, writing about your life has all kinds of benefits, from better understanding the past to capturing the essence of your memories in…

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How to Hybrid by Shayla Lawson

Posted Wed, 4/17/2019 - 9:14am by  |  Category: , , , ,

We live in an age where writing is genre-fluid. Some of us have learned, some of us have adapted, and some of us have always been there. Wherever you are in the spectrum right now, it is a wonderful time…

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Micro Lesson: Let’s Make a Lexicon! by Samantha Updegrave

Posted Tue, 4/16/2019 - 10:15am by  |  Category: , , , , , , ,

What is a lexicon? A wordbook. The vocabulary proper to some department of knowledge or sphere of activity. The vocabulary or word-stock of a region, particular speaker, etc. A list of words or names. Why have a lexicon? “The writers…

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Micro Lesson: Writing a Human by Beth Slattery

Posted Mon, 4/15/2019 - 9:56am by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

Writing character—whether a fabricated one in fiction, a remembered one in memoir, or an imagined historical figure in a poem—can be daunting.   Often, we focus too much on how the character looks. We write them as if we were…

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Micro Lesson: Writing the Ending with Cara Diaconoff

Posted Fri, 4/12/2019 - 9:42am by  |  Category: , , , ,

A powerful story ending is both inevitable and surprising. Most fiction writers are familiar with this bit of wisdom. But how to pull it off—that sense of an ending that the reader never quite saw coming, even as it seems…

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Micro Lesson: Translating Poetry with Sharon Bryan

Posted Thu, 4/11/2019 - 12:41pm by  |  Category: , , ,

Robert Frost said that “poetry is what gets lost in translation,” meaning that whatever poetry is can’t be carried from one language to another. But that’s obviously false, since we have so many examples of great translations. The process of…

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Writing Poems about Illness, Trauma & Healing by Suzanne Edison

Posted Tue, 4/09/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , ,

When we experience illness or trauma we hold it in our bodies. Sometimes events happened pre-consciousness, when were very young. Sometimes they happen as we age. No matter how young or old, our bodies are our repositories and these events…

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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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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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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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