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

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Spring Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): March 8
Member Registration: March 9
General Registration: March 16


Early Bird Pricing March 8 through March 22:

  • $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

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Meditative Expectancy: Poetry as Daily Practice

Intermediate | How do we change when we write every day? How do we train the mind to make associations more quickly, to render our subjectivity into language with greater ease and fluidity? In this class, we will come together…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Mark Wunderlich

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Start Date: 03/02/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Mark Wunderlich

Mark Wunderlich's most recent book, God of Nothingness will be published by Graywolf Press in 2021. His other books include The Earth Avails, which received the Rilke Prize, Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage which received the Lambda Literary Award. He has published poems in the Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, and his work has been widely anthologized. He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Amy Lowell Trust, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program and the Fine Arts Work Center, and elsewhere. He is the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars graduate writing program and has served on the Bennington College literature faculty since 2003. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley near the village of Catskill. More information can be found at www.markwunderlich.com.

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Alternate Realities in Short Fiction

Intermediate | This class will focus on short stories that slightly shift reality in order to magnify our awareness of social constructs and the human condition. How do we create and write within worlds that are marginally bent by elements…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: John Englehardt

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Start Date: 03/03/2021 – 7:10 pm
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John Englehardt

John Englehardt is the author of Bloomland, winner of the 2018 Dzanc Prize for Fiction and the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. He has taught writing classes at University of Arkansas, Seattle Writes, Hugo House, and Seattle University.

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What I Am Here to Say: Voice and Purpose in the Personal Essay

All Levels | Why do we disclose our deepest desires and fears in the personal essay? Why would one person’s walk in the city mean anything to someone else? How might one plumb one’s anger to find the hidden vulnerability…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sonora Jha

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Start Date: 03/04/2021 – 5:00 pm
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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays and op-eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and the Globalist. Sonora was the 2016–2018 Hugo House prose writer-in-residence. Her new book, How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family will be out from Sasquatch Books in April 2021.

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Naked Poetry: Finding the Courage to See Ourselves

All Levels | This exploratory, generative poetry workshop is designed to highlight the severe and beautiful truths of our lives and where in language we strike our greatest freedom. Based in the belief that poems that are pure, honest, and…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Major Jackson

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Start Date: 03/06/2021 – 10:00 am
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Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006), and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

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The Book of Jewish Poets: Exploration and Creation

All Levels | What does the work of Ellen Bass, Linda Pastan, Marge Piercy, Ilya Kaminsky, and Nomi Stone have in common beyond the writers’ Jewish heritage? Plenty! For example, the concept of tikkun olam — repairing the world through…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Susan Rich

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Start Date: 03/07/2021 – 10:00 am

Susan Rich

Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Along with Brian Turner and Jared Hawkley, she is editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders. She has received awards and fellowships from Artist Trust, CityArtists, 4Culture, The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Rich’s poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, New England Review, and the Southern Review.

She has worked as a staff person for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia Herzegovina, and a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank. Rich lived in the Republic of Niger, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, later moving to South Africa to teach at the University of Cape Town on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Rich’s international awards include the Times Literary Supplement Award, a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and a residency at Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. Other poetry honors include an Artist Trust Fellowship, a 4 Culture Award, a Seattle CityArtist Project Award, a GAP Award, and participation in the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland.

Her poems have been published in the Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Northwest Review, Poetry International and The Southern Review. Anthologized poems and essays are included in Best Essays of the Northwest, Poets of the American West, Poem Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica, I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Human Rights, Poem Revised: 54 Poems, and The Working Poet: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises. Susan is an alumna of Hedgebrook, the Helen Whiteley Center and the Ucross Foundation. She serves on the boards of Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Press and Whit Press.

Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and the University of Oregon, Susan Rich lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work. She has two collections forthcoming: The Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems (Salmon Press) and Blue Atlas (Red Hen Press).

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Preparing to Query

Intermediate/Advanced | Getting ready to query agents? This class covers everything you need to know from how to evaluate if your manuscript or proposal is ready, to writing a dynamite query letter, to how to handle feedback, rejections, and offers…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Andrea Dunlop

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Start Date: 03/07/2021 – 10:00 am
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Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is an author and consultant based out of Seattle, WA with over a decade of experience in book publishing.

She began her career as an in-house publicist for Doubleday (Random House) where she worked with bestselling authors such as Tina Brown, Jonathan Lethem, Linda Fairstein, and many others.

After moving back to Seattle in 2009, she took over as publicity manager for Kim Ricketts Book Events promoting a wide range of cookbook and literary events with authors such as Laurie David, Rene Redzepi, and Steven Johnson. Next, she spent five years with an editorial and book production firm as their executive director of social media and marketing, working with both traditionally and self-published clients and spearheading the company’s marketing efforts.

Andrea is the author of three novels including Losing the Light (February 2016), She Regrets Nothing (February 2018), and the forthcoming We Came Here to Forget (July 2019) all from Atria/Simon&Schuster. Her books have been featured in Town & Country, Bustle, InStyle, US Weekly, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. In addition to her writing and social media work, Andrea is an accomplished speaker and has presented at book and publishing conferences nationwide including The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Conference, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, and many others.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and daughter.

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Writing the Duplex

In this 90-minute class, Jericho Brown will lead students through an exercise for writing a duplex poem — a form he invented that blends the ghazal, the sonnet, and the blues. Each student should bring 14 disparate lines of 9–11…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jericho Brown

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Start Date: 03/07/2021 – 1:00 pm
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Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry.

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Unlocking the Structure of the Feature Film

Introductory | In this four-week intensive, we will break down feature films beat by beat, unpacking exactly how a story functions. From daily life to inciting incident to dark night of the soul and beyond, you’ll learn exactly which paths…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Russ Nickel

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Start Date: 03/10/2021 – 6:00 pm

Russ Nickel

Russ Nickel works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. His first feature film, Bear with Us, is available on Amazon Prime and DVD, and his series, “Stellar People” is slated to be released sometime soon. His short film “The Speed of Time” launched on DUST: Horizons and was featured in Variety. He’s also the head writer for both Arrowhead Studios’ upcoming video game and the ed-tech startup Tappity. Additionally, he teaches screenwriting at Chapman University and Belmont University. When he’s not writing, Russ is probably playing an escape room or some Magic the Gathering. Or drinking coffee. Mmm…coffee. For more, check out @russnickel on Twitter or www.rknickel.com.

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Motherhood & the Body

All Levels | Motherhood is a passage. It also can cause significant and sometimes long-lasting change in a woman’s body. Poets have a unique opportunity to explore how these physical transformations in the body mirror emotional shifts and personal discovery….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jessica Gigot

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Start Date: 03/13/2021 – 1:10 pm

Jessica Gigot

Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, teacher and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that makes artisan sheep cheese and grows organic herbs. Her second book of poems, Feeding Hour, will be released in November 2020 by Wandering Aengus Press. She also teaches writing classes at Hugo House.

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Scene vs. Reflection in Personal Narrative

All Levels | Reflection is the nonfiction writer’s gift to the reader, offering meaning to your sister’s brush with Covid-19, an encounter with a blue heron, that day you learned your husband had gambled away your life savings. It’s crucial…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christine Hemp

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Start Date: 03/13/2021 – 10:00 am

Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition, and a poem of hers has traveled billions of miles on a NASA mission to monitor the pre-natal activity of stars. She is a speaker for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and TEDx. Hemp is the author of That Fall (poems) and Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss and a Little White Horse, A Family Memoir. Her work has appeared recently in the New York Times, Psychology Today, and Tupelo Quarterly.

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The Architecture of Story

All Levels | Story structure is a taboo subject in a discussion of literary fiction, and yet is all too often our greatest stumbling block. Ever started what you hoped would be a long project only to get stuck on…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sunil Yapa

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Start Date: 03/14/2021 – 1:10 pm

Sunil Yapa

Sunil Yapa
Sunil Yapa is the author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Lee Boudreaux Books, 2016), a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. It was also named one of the best books of 2016 by Amazon, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Bustle, and others.

Yapa’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Margins, Hyphen, Slice, LitHub and others. He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award, sponsored by Hyphen Magazine and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York, and has received scholarships to The New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, The Norman Mailer Writers’ Center in Provincetown and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

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Surviving Trauma and Writing into Resilience

Creating art from our most difficult experiences isn’t easy. It can often feel as if we’re sinking in the swamp of memory rather than crafting a compelling narrative. But, along the way, we’ve been pulling ourselves up by branches. In…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sasha LaPointe

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Start Date: 03/14/2021 – 1:10 pm

Sasha LaPointe

Sasha LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Lushootseed language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. With strange obsessions revolving around Twin Peaks, the Seattle music scene, and Coast Salish Salmon Ceremonies, Sasha explores her own truth of indigenous identity in the Coast Salish territory. Sasha holds a double MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in creative nonfiction and poetry.

Her memoir Red Paint is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press.

Her collection of poetry, Rose Quartz will be published by Milkweed.

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Building Tension, Winding Down the Clock

Intermediate | If your stories tend to run out of steam a few pages in, the problem may be that they lack tension. Creating drama requires building tension and the simplest way to do that is to set a countdown…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Josh Potter

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Start Date: 03/15/2021 – 7:10 pm

Josh Potter

Josh Potter is a writer based in Seattle whose prose is mainly concerned with the ways in which human interiority and physical landscapes relate. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan and studied journalism in Montana and moved to Seattle to work in outdoor education before earning his Masters in Fine Art at the University of Washington. Potter’s work attempts to reflect and examine his own complicity in colonial erasure as a white transplant to Seattle and the ways in which his own personal narrative is both inseparable and independent from national trauma. His stories and essays question how human conflict shapes geography. His personal essays have been featured in Guernica, Cascadia Rising and the New Limestone Review. His fiction has appeared in Driftwood Press, Sick Lit, City Arts and elsewhere. His short story, Snowdrift, won the JuxtaProse fiction contest in 2017.

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Writing Great Sentences

We’ll examine sentences from an array of authors and genres, analyzing how form and content align. We’ll look at structure (e.g. a “pocket” that hides or safeguards and a “u-turn” that surprises or subverts), diction (coinage, descriptions, word shifts), sound…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Geraldine Woods

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Start Date: 03/20/2021 – 10:00 am
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Geraldine Woods

I’m the author of a stack of grammar books (English Grammar For Dummies, English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, Webster’s New World Punctuation: Simplified and Applied, and more) and an educator with four decades of experience teaching every level of English from 5th grade through AP. My most recent book, 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way (Norton, 2020), explores the techniques authors use to make their writing more effective. My only remotely cool moment came when I was interviewed by a reporter from MTV about the decision by “Panic! At the Disco” to drop their exclamation point.

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The Art of Experience

All Levels | Great travel writing, feature writing, personal essay, and memoir engages the reader in a writer’s keenly observed experience. But how, in an age of distraction, do you train yourself to observe intently, to soak in details like…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kim Brown Seely

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Start Date: 03/20/2021 – 10:00 am

Kim Brown Seely

Kim Brown Seely’s debut memoir, Uncharted (Sasquatch Books / Penguin Random House 2019), was recently named one of the “best retirement books of 2019” by the Wall Street Journal, although Seely is nowhere near retiring. Winner of the 2016 Lowell Thomas Journalist of the Year Award and the Lowell Thomas Award in Environmental Journalism, she worked for many years as senior editor at Travel & Leisure magazine, contributing editor at National Geographic Adventure, and travel editor at Microsoft. She is a contributing writer for Virtuoso Life magazine, where she has won nearly a dozen awards for her work. She serves on the board of Copper Canyon Press and divides her time between Bellevue, WA and Hailey, Idaho.

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