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Browse Fall & Winter Writing Classes!

Hugo House: Your best source for online writing classes in Seattle and around the world.

For more information on the schedule,  the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Information about Scholarships can be found on its own new page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

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All classes are in Pacific Time. All classes will take place on Zoom or our asynchronous learning platform, Wet Ink, through Winter quarter 2021.

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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): November 20
Member Registration: December 1
General Registration: December 8


Early Bird Pricing November 30 through December 14:

  • $10 off classes that are one to three sessions
  • $20 off classes that are four to eight sessions
  • $30 off classes that are ten sessions or more

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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Poetry II

Poetry II will add to your growing skill set in a supportive workshop environment. We’ll learn by closely reading and responding to mentor texts as well as each other’s poems, and practice the art of revision so that you can…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 01/20/2021 – 10:00 am
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Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her poetry collection, Diagram of Parts, is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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Young Adult Novel Workshop

All Levels | In this class, students will turn in chapters of their novels in a workshop-style format. We will discuss and critique the submitted work as a group, with an eye toward helping the author strengthen their writing while…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lish McBride

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Start Date: 01/20/2021 – 5:00 pm

Lish McBride

Lish McBride is the author of funny and
creepy young adult books such as Hold Me
Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the
Stone; Firebug; Pyromantic and the upcoming
Curses. She has a BFA in creative writing
from Seattle University and an MFA from
University of New Orleans.

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Building the Habits to Get Your Book Done

All Levels | In this class, we’ll focus on the bedrock of all finished books: developing and sustaining the habits to get your project completed. We’ll explore the psychology and science behind building better writing habits, how to maintain a…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 01/20/2021 – 5:00 pm
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Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author or editor of thirteen books. Born and raised in Seattle, he's on the English faculty at Seattle University.

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Poetry III

In examining the language of contemporary poets, we learn new techniques to apply to our own work. Poetry III assumes a foundation of craft and elements of poetry; from here we’ll practice generative writing exercises to produce new poems. Students…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ed Skoog

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Start Date: 01/21/2021 – 7:10 pm
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Ed Skoog

Ed Skoog is the author of four books of poems, most recently Travelers Leaving for the City (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New Republic and elsewhere. He is a former writer-in-residence at Hugo House.

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Writing for Procrastinators

All Levels | Consider yourself a writer, proclaim to love writing, but find a million things to do before “letting” yourself write? This course is for you. Weekly writing and reading assignments (Brenda Ueland, Liz Gilbert, Steven Pressfield, etc.) and…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 01/21/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Beth Slattery

Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.

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How to Write a Modern Love Essay

All Levels | The New York Times’s Modern Love column has been a reader favorite since its inception in 2004. We will look at a few example columns and discuss their structures, and the instructor will provide insider tips on…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 01/21/2021 – 5:00 pm
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Theo Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006.

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Creative Nonfiction III

This class will be a mix of craft discussion/workshop. In the spirit of “no craft without context,” we will discuss issues of craft as represented in exemplary works of nonfiction (all free and provided before class). Each student will workshop…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Emily Rapp Black

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Start Date: 01/21/2021 – 10:00 am

Emily Rapp Black

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), a New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University, where she was the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, the New York Times, Die Zeit, The Times-London, Sunday Independent (UK), the Sydney Herald, Lenny Letter, Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Sun, TIME, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Redbook, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications and anthologies. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and frequently publishes scholarly work in the fields of disability studies, bioethics, and theological studies. She has taught literature and writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles, The University of New Mexico, where she was the Joseph M. Russo Endowed Chair of Creative Writing, UCLA, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, 24PearlStreet, and the UCR-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Writing and the Performing Arts. She is active in medical advocacy groups dedicated to changing socio-cultural discussions around palliative/hospice/end of life care and quality of life health care decisions. She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches medical narratives in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a founding member of Zoeglossia, a literary organization dedicated to creating inclusive spaces for poets with disabilities, as well as a mentor in the Along the Chaparral Project for Veterans at UCR. She regularly collaborates with visual artist Carrie Scanga; their most recent collaboration is an interactive, traveling art installation inspired by Rapp Black’s forthcoming book, Sanctuary. She was recently named the nonfiction editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book that explores art and disability through the life of Frida Kahlo is forthcoming from Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books in 2021. She is the mother of two children: Ronan (2010-2013), and Charlotte (age 6).

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Poems for a Cause

All Levels | Why give a speech at the protest rally when you could speak a poem, witness through lyric lines, testify with an urgent blessing, or teach an anthem all can sing together? Or maybe the poems you write…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kim Stafford

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Start Date: 01/22/2021 – 10:00 am
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Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen Press). In 2018 he was named Oregon's Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown. He teaches writing at Lewis & Clark College, at Fishtrap, and at the Sitka Center.

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A Hummingbird of Words: The Micro Memoir

All Levels | The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly forward, backward, sideways, and even upside down — all because they are so small. In this class, we’ll look at tiny texts and learn what can be accomplished…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Beth Ann Fennelly

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Start Date: 01/23/2021 – 10:00 am
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Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Beth Ann has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, all with W. W. Norton. She is also the author of 3 books of prose: Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother, a collection of essays; The Tilted World, a novel co-authored with her husband Tom Franklin; and Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (2018)—a celebratory book that combines the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, “Beth Ann Fennelly’s genre-defying collection is so engaging and readable that you won’t even notice how much you’re learning about confronting the hardest challenge we all share: being human. Wise, irreverent, funny, the pieces—ranging from one sentence to a few pages—condense Fennelly’s life into singularly precise, powerful moments. Collectively, however, they become a living, breathing entity with which you will have many pleasant but deep conversations about your own life.”

Beth Ann has won grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Artists, a Pushcart, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Beth Ann’s poetry has been in over fifty anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1996, 2005, and 2006, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Poets of the New Century, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet.

A contributing editor to The Oxford American, she also writes freelance on travel, culture, and design for many magazines. Recent nonfiction awards include the Orlando Award in Nonfiction from A Room of Her Own, the Lamar York Prize from The Chattachoochee Review and the Porter Fleming Award for Excellence in the Essay. She’s the first woman honored with the University of Notre Dame’s Distinguished Alumni in the Arts Award.

Beth Ann lives with her husband and their three children, Anna Claire, Thomas and Nolan, in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Indigenous Writer’s Toolkit: Strategies for Funding Applications

This is a free event for Indigenous* writers in any literary form, including poets and prose writers, and in any genre. This course introduces business writing concepts to strengthen applications for fellowships, grants, and residencies. Core objectives include deciphering and…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: D.A. Navoti

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Start Date: 01/23/2021 – 1:10 pm
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D.A. Navoti

D.A. Navoti (he/him/his) created Wellness-ish-ness, a blog for creative hot messes because he's a hell of a hot mess. Navoti also writes creative nonfiction and poetic prose. His work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere.

He's a CityArtist 2020 recipient from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and a former fellow at Hugo House & Jack Straw Cultural Center. He received residencies from The Seventh Wave & Gullkistan: Center for Creativity, and holds an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Arizona State. He's also co-founder of Fight For Our Lives, a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics.

He grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and is a member of the Gila River Indian Community, a descendant of O'otham (Salt & Gila Rivers), Hopi, Zuni, and Yavapai-Apache tribes. Born Daniel Napelee Jr., D.A. are initials to honor his late father, and 'Navoti' honors his Hopi mother. D.A. lives and writes in Seattle, WA.

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How to Research (Not Too Much)

All Levels | Historical research can feel both too daunting to start, and too compelling to stop. How can writers find the right balance? We’ll discuss both the practical aspects of research, how to take advantage of the proliferation of…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

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Start Date: 01/24/2021 – 1:10 pm

Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

Nicola DeRobertis-Theye’s debut novel The Vietri Project will be published in March 2021 by Harper. She was an Emerging Writing Fellow at the New York Center for Fiction, and her work has been published in Agni, Electric Literature, and LitHub. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she was the fiction editor of its literary magazine Ecotone. She has taught creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts. A native of Oakland, CA, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Lyrical Texture: Generative Strategies for Poets

All Levels | The focus of this class is lyrical texture. This may include developing sonic patterns, tactile landscapes, and compelling juxtapositions. Students will generate new poems and incorporate strategies to revise existing work. Methods include generative experiments and prompts,…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Da'

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Start Date: 01/24/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Laura Da'

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. Her newest book is Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

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Pitch Your Passions

Introductory/Intermediate | Distinguish yourself in the freelance marketplace by defining your niche. In this class, novice freelancers and more established writers looking to secure paid assignments with newspapers, glossy print, and digital media outlets will discuss niche markets such as…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 01/24/2021 – 10:00 am

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is faculty for Hugo House and The Loft Literary Center; a We Need Diverse Books program volunteer; and a book reviewer for Shelf Awareness. She has contributed print, photography and video content to Fabulous Wisconsin, BLK+GRN, BRAVA, Madison Magazine and Entrepreneurial Chef. She is also the founder of The Little BookProject WI, a community arts and nonprofit bi-annual collaboration. A passionate commitment to holistic wellness and sustainable agriculture keeps her a Midwestern girl at heart—and Madison resident.

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Making a Scene

CLASS UPDATE: Date and Time for this class have been updated from the print catalog. Intermediate/Advanced | The scene is one of the smallest units of storytelling, serving as a building block for short stories, novels, and memoirs alike. In…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Becky Mandelbaum

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Start Date: 01/24/2021 – 10:00 am

Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum is the author of Bad Kansas (University of Georgia Press, 2017), which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and is a finalist for the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Washington’s Skagit Valley.

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Fiction III

This course will build on craft learned in Fiction I and II. Students can expect readings from Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn, craft discussions, and frequent workshops. Weekly discussions and practice exercises will include inciting incidents, managing psychic distance, voice, characters’…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Scott Driscoll

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Start Date: 01/25/2021 – 7:10 pm

Scott Driscoll

Scott Driscoll is an award-winning instructor (UW, Educational Outreach award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), and his debut novel, Better You Go Home, was selected as the Foreword Reviews First Book Contest winner. He was the 1989 winner of the University of Washington’s Milliman Award for Fiction.

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