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Class Catalog

Browse Spring & Summer 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.

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

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

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Summer Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): May 17
Member Registration: May 18
General Registration: May 25

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 May 17 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. Donors who gave $250 or more during GiveBIG 2021 can register on this day.


Early Bird Pricing May 17 through May 31:

  • $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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How to Conclude a Story or Novel

All Levels | One of the hardest jobs we have as fiction writers is deciding how and where to stop. In this one-day class, we’ll examine some of the classic endings in literature, explore the different styles and purposes of…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: J. Ryan Stradal

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Start Date: 05/09/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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J. Ryan Stradal

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest and the instant national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives with his family in California.

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Writing About the Women in Your Family

Second Section: We will be offering another session of this course in Summer 2021. All Levels | Who are the women in your family? What stories need to be told? How have these women helped you claim your place in…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee

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Start Date: 05/11/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Darien Hsu Gee

Darien Hsu Gee is the author of five novels published by Penguin Random House that have been translated into eleven languages. She won the 2019 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship award for Other Small Histories and the 2015 Hawai‘i Book Publishers’ Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award of Excellence for Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir. Darien serves as series editor for Hali‘a Aloha, a micro memoir writing and hybrid publishing program, and is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Her recent collection of micro memoirs, Allegiance, about growing up Chinese American, was an Editor’s Pick for BookLife (Publisher’s Weekly). Darien lives with her family on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

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Writing for Social Change

All Levels | Whether writing essays, short stories, or novels, writing effectively is as much craft as art. Unlike speech, where you can use facial expression or vocal inflection to clarify the passion and meaning of your words, writing requires…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lola E. Peters

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Start Date: 05/11/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT

Lola E. Peters

Lola E. Peters serves as Editor-at-Large for the SouthSeattleEmerald.com and as a freelance Op-ed columnist for Crosscut.com. She lives in West Seattle where she writes essays, poems, and short stories that reflect her commitment to justice. She has published two collections of poems, Taboos and The Book of David: Coming of Age Tale, as well as her first book of essays, The Truth About White People. Peters is semi-retired from a 40-year career, teaching subjects ranging from introduction to speech and writing, basic computer skills, and community organizing. She has been a proud member of Seattle’s African American Writers’ Alliance since 2007.

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Ethnicity & Craft: Creating Characters, Not Caricatures

TIME UPDATE: This class will now run from 10 am – 1 pm PT. This has been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | In this session we will explore craft issues related to ethnicity. How much do writers—and should…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jennifer De Leon

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Start Date: 05/12/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021.

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Writing Down to the Root of Meaning

All Levels | Participants will bring the first page of a new story or novel, typed and double-spaced. We will start with these twigs at the top of the tree and work our way down to the trunk, on our…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Russell Banks

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Start Date: 05/14/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Russell Banks

Russell Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. He has written fiction, and more recently, nonfiction, with Dreaming up America. His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction. The latter two novels were each made into feature films in 1997.

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Truth or Fiction

Introductory | Writing about real life can be tricky. You may not remember all the details–or, you may want to change information to protect people or make a story more interesting. But how much is okay to change? This class…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 05/15/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
4 seats available

Susan Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Entrances: Titles & First Lines

All Levels | A good title and a strong first line determine whether your reader will continue reading or move on to another poem. An unforgettable first line changes the whole tenor of your poem, but they are notoriously hard…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 05/15/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
5 seats available

Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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Writing Kids in a Grown-Up World

All Levels | The Family Fang, The Kite Runner, Ender’s Game, All the Light We Cannot See . . . Some of our most memorable and sophisticated fiction is populated by child protagonists. Children often see and hear everything that…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor

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Start Date: 05/16/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
3 seats available

Evan Ramzipoor

Evan Ramzipoor is a writer based in
California. Her writing has been featured in
McSweeney’s, and The Ventriloquists (Park
Row, 2019) is her first novel. She lives with
her partner and a terrier mix named Lada.

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Micromanage Your Writing

All Levels | A sentence that doubles back on itself, a word that repeats or shifts in meaning, sounds that match or clash—these are some of the micro-adjustments authors make to reinforce or deliberately undermine meaning. In this course we’ll…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Geraldine Woods

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Start Date: 05/16/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Geraldine Woods

I’m the author of a stack of grammar books (English Grammar 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 books, 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way (Norton, 2020) and Sentence. A Period-to-Period Guide to Building Better Readers and Writers (Norton, 2021), explore 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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Screenwriting 101

Class Update: William Stribling will now be teaching this class. This has been updated from the print catalog. Introductory | The basics of screenwriting, delivered in bite-size assignments. Aimed at beginners excited about dipping their toes into new waters, this class…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: William Stribling

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Start Date: 05/18/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

William Stribling

William Stribling is a Los Angeles-based director and screenwriter. His latest feature film, Bear with Us, is available on streaming and DVD. He directed the Streamy Award-nominated series Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party and the upcoming series Stellar People. He also works closely with the Latinx band Making Movies as a music video director and creative consultant. In 2020, Stribling’s action/comedy short film “The Speed of Time” was released on DUST and featured in Variety. Stribling is a graduate of NYU with degrees in Film & TV Production and Dramatic Literature. He also has a masters in screenwriting from Chapman University. But he credits any success to the clown camp he attended as a child. He’s currently an adjunct screenwriting professor at both Chapman University and Belmont University. For more info, visit williamjstribling.com.

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Modern Allegorical Fiction

All Levels | This class will study contemporary narratives that express abstract ideas through imagery, character, and action—otherwise known as allegories, fables, or parables. In addition to studying the craft of stories that are “vehicles for ideas,” we’ll discuss the…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: John Englehardt

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Start Date: 05/20/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

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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Writing Addiction

All Levels | The house of addiction has many doors. (Chemical: alcohol, opiates, stimulants, hallucinogens, etc. Behavioral: food, gambling, sex, shopping, video games, internet, etc.) How many doors have we, and people we love, entered? Writing about addition in ways…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Hardy

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Start Date: 05/20/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
2 seats available

Tara Hardy

Tara Hardy is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle. She's taught creative writing for fourteen years, and she's served as the Hugo House writer-in-residence. Her first full length book of poems, Bring Down the Chandeliers, was published by Write Bloody Press in the spring, 2011.

Photo by Brian Weiss

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Casual Conversation

Class Update: Becky Mandelbaum will now be teaching this class. This has been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | We say several thousand words a day to one another, yet writing dialogue is tricky. It must remain true to…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Becky Mandelbaum

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Start Date: 05/22/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

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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More than Memories: Making Meaning in Memoir

All Levels | Memories aren’t enough. We have to connect them to culture, to history, to zeitgeist–and then be as clear and specific about our unique perspectives as possible. In this generative workshop, we’ll open a number of creative doorways…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kimberly Dark

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Start Date: 05/22/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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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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Exits: Writing Endings

All Levels | The poet Rachel McKibbens says, “Poems don’t end, they just stop.” The best endings leave us reeling, the tops of our heads blown off by knowledge we didn’t know we needed, reverberating long after the words have…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 05/22/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
2 seats available

Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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