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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 page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

For help finding writing classes, or if you’ve registered for an online class but haven’t received a Zoom link, contact our team or call us at 206.322.7030.

All classes are in Pacific Time. Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom. If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle. If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform. If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

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Fall Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): August 9
Member Registration: August 10
General Registration: August 17

What’s Scholarship Donation Day?

The first day of registration (the Monday before member registration opens) will now be open to anyone who donates $250 to our scholarship fund*. Donations must be made over the phone.

Call us at 206.322.7030 on August 9 to make your donation and sign up for the classes of your choosing.

*Applicable to specific scholarship fund donations made between member registration of the previous quarter and Scholarship Donation Day each quarter. 


Early Bird Pricing August 9 through August 23:

  • $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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Writing About The Northwest

All Levels | Writers from the Northwest usually have an affinity for the dark and the lush. This generative course will be filled with readings from Northwest writers who convey conflict and respect for the area, including legends like Raymond…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sarah Cannon

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Start Date: 09/29/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon is the author of The Shame
of Losing (Red Hen Press, 2018), which was
a finalist for the Washington State Book
Awards in 2019. She lives in Edmonds, WA.

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Fiction II

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I. We’ll briefly review the basics of character, conflict, and plot, then focus on craft elements including point of view, setting, scene, pacing, and dialogue. Students will read published stories weekly,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Alma García

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Start Date: 09/30/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

Alma García

Alma García's short fiction has been published as award-winning in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and is forthcoming in Enizagam and in the anthology Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador).

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Yearlong in Speculative Fiction

All Levels | Over the course of this year, students will work toward completion of a project of their choosing, whether that be a novel, a story collection, a flash fiction series, or another project. Built-in accountability checks and optional…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Ruth Joffre

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Start Date: 09/30/2021 - 6:30 pm PDT
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Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (Grove Atlantic 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Masters Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Copper Nickel. Her book reviews have been published in The Rumpus, The Millions, Kenyon Review Online, and Colorado Review. Ruth is the 2020-2021 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. She lives in Seattle.

Writers I return to: Kelly Link, N. K. Jemisin, Ted Chiang, Jeff VanderMeer, Alexander Chee, Mary Gaitskill, Lydia Davis, Annie Proulx, Kathy Fish

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I’ve Drunk Your Poisoned Nectar: Writing with the Goddess

All Levels | More ancient and powerful than Shiva or Vishnu, the Goddess in Hindu mythology provides the energy that animates all of creation. Whether known as Shakti, Durga, Kali, Uma, or by her thousands of other names, she slays…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Shankar Narayan

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Start Date: 09/30/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT
5 seats available

Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.

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Short Essays for the Internet

All Levels | Whether they’re expository, personal, or reported, internet publications are seeking clear, compelling short essays. In this workshop, we’ll cover how to identify your specialty themes, and how to outline and write short essays about single issues (750-1,000…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kimberly Dark

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Start Date: 10/02/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
2 seats available

Kimberly Dark

Kimberly Dark is the author of Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old, The Daddies and Love and Errors. Her essays, stories and poetry are widely published in academic and popular online publications alike.

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Paths to Publishing

All Levels | Never have there been so many ways to get your work out into the world as an author, from traditional publishing to Kindle Direct to hybrid publishing and more. But which one is right for you? This…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Andrea Dunlop

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Start Date: 10/02/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

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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The Songwriting Challenge

All Levels | No matter their experience, everyone can write a song. This course will focus on quick prompts that get to the heart of lyrics and composition on any instrument. Songwriters Robin Edwards (of Lisa Prank) and Bree McKenna…

Course Type: 5 Sessions  |   Instructor: Bree McKenna (Tacocat) & Robin Edwards (Lisa Prank)

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Start Date: 10/02/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Bree McKenna (Tacocat) & Robin Edwards (Lisa Prank)

Bree McKenna is a musician and writer who has split her time playing in Tacocat, Childbirth and Who Is She? while co-moderating the teen songwriting workshop Sharing the Stage. As a writer, McKenna’s work has appeared in She Shreds, Vice, Talkhouse, the Stranger, and Bust Magazine.

Robin Edwards is a musician and writer best known for her solo project, Lisa Prank, and the Seattle supergroup, Who is She? She has released three albums, toured extensively, and written for publications like Bust, The Stranger, and Talkhouse.

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Writing Alongside John Keats and John Clare

Intermediate | We’ll mark the 200th anniversary of the death of John Keats, the English Romantic poet with the most visceral connection to the senses and the shortest, most meteoric life, by writing alongside him and his contemporary, John Clare,…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Deborah Woodard

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Start Date: 10/02/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
3 seats available

Deborah Woodard

Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.

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Contar con el cuerpo

Todos los niveles | Somos cuerpos que vienen de otros cuerpos y a otros cuerpos van, con heridas y marcas alegres. No sentimos de la misma manera: hay quien tiene un sentido más desarrollado, quien perdió el olfato con la…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Rosario López

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Start Date: 10/02/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Rosario López

Rosario López es escritora, periodista, editora y profesora. Autora de Los besos secos (Bala Perdida, 2020), finalista del Certamen Internacional de Novela Ciudad de Barbastro, 2019. Enseña escritura creativa en Escuela de Escritores, Madrid (España).

Rosario López is the author of Los besos secos (Bala Perdida, 2020), finalist of the International Novel Award City of Barbastro, 2019. She is a writer, journalist, editor and teacher. She has lived and worked in Spain, the Czech Republic, Africa and The Balkans. She was a european volunteer in North Macedonia. Currently, she lives in Madrid and teaches creative writing at Escuela de Escritores. She writes fiction, poetry, articles and books reviews. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies: Librújula, Turia, Malos Hábitos, Archiletras, Frontera Magazine, Mujeres Viajeras and others. She was a finalist for the Energheia Award in 2020, a competition of short stories written by young writers. She is always writing: even if she´s in the shower, washing the plates, sleeping or walking, she is always writing.

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FREE The Antiracist Workshop in Action

What does a constructive, equitable, antiracist writing workshop look like? Imagine students rallying around one another, reading in service of the author’s agenda, articulating constructive questions, and moderating their own feedback. In this interactive session featuring personal story, freewriting exercises,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Felicia Rose Chavez

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Start Date: 10/03/2021 - 12:00 pm PDT

Felicia Rose Chavez

Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and Jose Olivarez. Felicia’s teaching career began in Chicago, where she served as Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founded GirlSpeak, a feminist webzine for high school students. She went on to teach writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was distinguished as the Most Innovative Instructor of the Year, the University of Iowa, where she was distinguished as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, and Colorado College, where she received the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty Award. Her creative scholarship earned her a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, a University of Iowa Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, a Riley Scholar Fellowship, and a Hadley Creatives Fellowship. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently serves as the Creativity and Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College. For more information about The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, and to access a multi-genre compilation of contemporary writers of color and progressive online publishing platforms, please visit www.antiracistworkshop.com.

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Turning Ancestral Research into Narrative

CLASS UPDATE: This class will now be taking place online, on Zoom. This has been updated from the print catalog. Intermediate | In this class, we’ll build stories of ourselves from letters, photographs, public records, doctors’ prescriptions, dating profiles, and…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Katie Lee Ellison

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Start Date: 10/03/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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Katie Lee Ellison

Katie Lee Ellison is an author for the Penguin Random House children's biography series Who was/What was...?, and she is working on a memoir tentatively entitled Everything We Wanted. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Shenandoah, Moss, Crab Creek Review, Arcadia, Jewish in Seattle, and elsewhere. She holds a BA in English Lit from Wellesley and an MFA from the University of Idaho. She was a 2016-2017 Hugo House Fellow, a 2018 alum of the TENT program at the Yiddish Book Center, and 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop attendee.

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How Stories Get Told: Voice, Narrative Distance, and Psychic Distance

Intermediate | In this class, we will discuss how to recognize voice and manage shifts between author and character voices; manipulate narrative distance to make smooth transitions between drama and summary; and recognize levels of psychic distance in order to…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Scott Driscoll

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Start Date: 10/04/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

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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Finding Joy and Agency in Your Artistry

Intermediate | This class is perfect for artists who crave more agency in their careers. Each week, we’ll explore what it means to create and maintain your own definition of success. Topics include building a ritual around your artistic practice,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Danielle Mohlman

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Start Date: 10/04/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT

Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright based in Seattle, WA. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Cygnet Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Field Trip Theatre, Umbrella Project, Youth Theatre Northwest, The Scratch & Really Really Theatre Group, and Seattle Public Theater, among others. Danielle is an alumna of Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and the Umbrella Project Writers Group. She is a proud graduate of both Cal Poly Pomona and Emerson College. She is currently developing multiple projects for theatre, film, and audio.

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How to Create Characters Who Snap, Crackle & Pop

All Levels | Ever read (or write) a story where the hero or heroine just doesn’t seem to pop? I have. Like a thousand times. This intensive (but fun-filled!) seminar will investigate why some characters leap off the page while…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 10/04/2021 - 6:00 pm PDT
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Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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Three Scenes in Three Ways

All Levels | In this six-week class, you will have the opportunity to explore how to write scenes in different ways. Each week, I will give you a strategy to approach a scene in a new way. This might be…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Emily Rapp Black

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Start Date: 10/05/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
5 seats available

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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