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

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All classes are in Pacific Time. Some summer writing classes may be held in person if stay-at-home directives are lifted and gatherings are again permitted. Remote (Zoom) access to all classes will continue, however, for anyone who cannot or prefers not to attend in person. If a class has (ZOOM) in the title, it will remain on Zoom regardless of stay-at-home directives.

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Summer Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): May 18
Member Registration: May 19
General Registration: May 26


Early Bird Pricing May 18 through June 1:

  • $10 off one-session classes
  • $20 off classes that are two to six sessions
  • $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more

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How to Write a “Modern Love” Essay

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. All Levels | The Modern Love column in the New York Times has been a reader favorite since its inception in 2004. In this class we will look at a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 07/09/2020 – 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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Online Class | Finishing Your Book

All Levels | This class is for anyone struggling with a book. Although that first sprint of 50 pages — either novel or nonfiction — can be exhilarating, it’s hard to sustain until the end. Sooner or later, you might…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 07/09/2020
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Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford’s novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer in residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA program.

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From Detail to Discovery (ZOOM)

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Tolstoy said, “Art is transferring feeling from one heart to another.” And E.L. Doctorow said, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader — not the fact that…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ellen Bass

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Start Date: 07/11/2020 – 10:00 am
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Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass‘s poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her nonfiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins, 1996). Her work has frequently been published in the New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and the New York Times Magazine, as well as many other journals. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lambda Literary Award, Elliston Book Award, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com

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Creative Nonfiction I

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. This class will help you decide the best way to tell the nonfiction story you want to tell. We will figure out the true topic of our pieces, and how…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 07/11/2020 – 10:00 am
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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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Documentary Poetry: Writing the Facts in Stanzas

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. All Levels | Documentary poetry captures historical moments in words and images. The poet may use multiple points of view, historical records and quotations, and even visual imagery or video….

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 07/13/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the 2017-2019 Seattle Civic Poet and the 2015-2017 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Black Ocean) 26 (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School, and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk; the anthologies Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.

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Writing the Young Adult Novel

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Introductory/Intermediate | Writing for teens is a unique challenge — but it can also be fun and rewarding. In this class, we’ll be discussing everything you’d usually tackle in a…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lish McBride

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Start Date: 07/13/2020 – 5:00 pm
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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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Sibling Reverie! How to Write About Brothers, Sisters, Hope & Heartbreak (ZOOM)

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Literature tends to focus on parents and partners. But what about the siblings who shape who we become? We’ll look at the work of James Baldwin, Justin Torres, Jane Austen,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 07/13/2020 – 6:00 pm
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Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His forthcoming book is William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. Steve's short stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. For many years, he hosted the Dear Sugars podcast with Cheryl Strayed.

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Sweetbitter: Poems of Love, Longing, and the Exquisite Pain (ZOOM)

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Desire: the unmanageable creature. How do we begin to write about this unwieldy feeling? How do we look clearly and closely at our deepest loves and sharpest pains? In this…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Leila Chatti

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Start Date: 07/15/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Leila Chatti

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American dual citizen and has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She is the author of the debut full-length collection Deluge (Copper Canyon Press), and the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. She holds a B.A. from the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University and an M.F.A. from North Carolina State University, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the recipient of grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place Conference on Poetry, the Key West Literary Seminars, and Dickinson House. Her poems have received prizes from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, Narrative’s 30 Below Contest, and the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, among others, and appear in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, Narrative, The Rumpus, Best New Poets (2015 & 2017), and other journals and anthologies. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. She currently serves as the Consulting Poetry Editor at the Raleigh Review and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Publishing at Cleveland State University.

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Reading and Journaling with Anaïs Nin

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. All Levels | If we’re sexy, vulnerable, and detailed in the accounts of our private lives, imagine what happens when we intend someone to read our work? We will study…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Corinne Manning

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Start Date: 07/15/2020 – 7:10 pm

Corinne Manning

Corinne Manning's fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Calyx, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Moss, The Bellingham Review, Southern Humanities Review, and is forthcoming in Wildness from Platypus Press. Additional stories and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Drunken Boat, Arts & Letters, anthologized in Shadow Map: An anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM Press), and have been recognized as notable in The Best American Series. Corinne has received grants and fellowships from 4 Culture, Artist Trust, and the MacDowell Colony and founded The James Franco Review, a project on visibility and reimagining the publishing process.

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Finding Your Story

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Introductory/Intermediate | Many writers experience a longing to write about their own lives but little idea of where to begin, of where to dig to unearth the stories you know…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 07/16/2020 – 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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Altering the Story: A Short Fiction Workshop (ZOOM)

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Introductory/Intermediate | You’re familiar with the basic elements of fiction, but what can you do to reconfigure, reinvigorate, or reframe them? In this course, we’ll read and discuss model texts…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

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Start Date: 07/16/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two books of short fiction-- This Life She's Chosen and Swimming With Strangers (both published by Chronicle Books). Her short stories and essays have been published widely in journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She taught creative writing at Purchase College, SUNY from 2008-2012, and now teaches as an adjunct faculty member at several schools in the Seattle area.

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The Geography of Home (ZOOM)

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. All Levels | This class will illuminate the landscapes and dwellings we inhabit and how they inform our personal narratives. Whether you’re from another country, have lived in one house…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christine Hemp

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Start Date: 07/18/2020 – 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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Omissions Are Not Accidents

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. All Levels | This three-hour intensive workshop will be focused on revision techniques. Come prepared with several poems that need work. We’re going to help you consider their strengths and…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Erin Malone & Kary Wayson

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Start Date: 07/18/2020 – 1:10 pm
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Erin Malone & Kary Wayson

Erin Malone was raised in Nebraska and Colorado. She’s the author of Hover (Tebot Bach Press), and a chapbook, What Sound Does It Make (Concrete Wolf). Her recent work has received fellowship support from Kimmel-Harding Nelson, The Anderson Center, Ucross, and Jentel, and has been included in journals such as FIELD, New Ohio Review, Radar Poetry, and Ruminate. She lives in Seattle and from 2016-2020 served as Editor of Poetry Northwest.

Kary Wayson is the author of two books—American Husband (Ohio State University Press) and The Slip (Burnside Review)—as well as a chapbook, Dog & Me (LitRag Press). Her poems have appeared in many places, including The Nation, Narrative, FIELD, The Rumpus, and the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A two-time Stranger "Genius Award" nominee, Kary was writer-in-residence at Hugo House from 2013-2015. She lives and works as a poetry teacher and freelance editor in Seattle, where she's an associate editor at Poetry Northwest.

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Short Story Bootcamp

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Intermediate/Advanced | Are you gearing up to submit your short fiction? This class is for you! In this intensive six-week workshop, students will do the hard, rewarding work of revising…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jesse Edward Johnson

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Start Date: 07/18/2020 – 1:10 pm

Jesse Edward Johnson

Jesse Edward Johnson is the author of the novels The King of Nothing Much (forthcoming in 2020) and Yearbook (2017), both published by Paul Dry Books. His visual poetry has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jesse received his Ph.D. in English from UCLA, where he taught literature for five years, and his B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. He has taught writing to inmates at San Quentin State Prison and at Hugo House in Seattle.

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Write Your Picture Book (ZOOM)

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time. Introductory | Get started writing for children in this informative, supportive workshop that will give you an overview of what picture books are all about, help you to develop kid-friendly…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Julie Romeis Sanders

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Start Date: 07/18/2020 – 1:10 pm
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Julie Romeis Sanders

JULIE ROMEIS SANDERS has twenty years of experience as a children’s book editor, bookseller, and workshop instructor. As an acquiring editor for Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Chronicle Books she collaborated with many award-winning authors and illustrators including Aaron Reynolds, Victoria Jamieson, Rick Yancey, Dan Santat, and Laura Numeroff. She edited the Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle and was the first editor for several writers who went on to create best-selling books that were awarded the Caldecott Honor, Newbery Honor, and Printz Honor. Julie also spent several years as a children’s bookseller, which gave her a deep understanding of how people buy books for children. For the past eight years Julie has worked as an independent developmental editor and workshop instructor. Her clients include writers, literary agents, and publishers. Julie also works with non-profit publisher Room to Read, where she edits books in translation and creates workshops for writers and illustrators in developing countries. In 2017 she traveled to Jordan to lead an illustrator workshop alongside talented illustrator Julie Downing. Julie is passionate about helping writers make their books the best they can be with creative, constructive, collaborative feedback at every stage of their career. To learn more about Julie, visit: http://www.editorialjulie.com

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