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Note: All Fall 2018 classes will take place at our new home at 1634 Eleventh Avenue on Capitol Hill. 


Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ donor Registration: August 20
Member Registration: August 21
General Registration: August 28


New! Early Bird Pricing August 20 through September 3:

  • $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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Creative Nonfiction II

This class is for anyone wishing to build upon skills learned in Creative Nonfiction I, or those already familiar with the basics of the genre including description, points of view, reflection, scene, and form. Each week we will use generative…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 09/24/2018 – 10:00:00
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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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Fiction II

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I. We will focus on point of view, scene construction, and dialogue through reading published examples, writing prompts, and workshop of each other’s writing.

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Cara Diaconoff

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Start Date: 09/24/2018 – 5:00 PM
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Cara Diaconoff

Cara Diaconoff is the author of Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories (Lewis-Clark Press) and a novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You (Outpost19 e-books). She teaches writing and literature at Bellevue College.

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Building the Story

All Levels | Award-winning author Chavisa Woods will lead this generative writing workshop focusing on writing with impact, creating tension, engaging the reader, becoming aware of story structure, narrative arc, choosing a perspective, understanding character relationships, and equipping writers with…

Course Type: 4 Session  |   Instructor: Chavisa Woods

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Start Date: 09/24/2018 – 7:10 PM
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Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is the author of three works of full-length, literary fiction: Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction collection, 225 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House) May, 2017; The Albino Album (novel, 600 pages) Seven Stories Press, March, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (short fiction collection, 200 pages) second edition release from Autonomedia/Umbearables, 2013, original publication by Fly by Night Press 2009.

Woods was the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award, The Kathy Acker Award in Writing, the Cobalt Fiction Prize, and the Jerome Foundation Award for Emerging Writers. She was also a three time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Her work has received praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Lambda Literary Review, The Riverfront Times, Pop Matters, and others.

Her fiction, poetry and essays have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has presented lectures and conducted workshops on fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

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Novel Prep

All Levels | Even for very rough drafts, you need a good sense of where you’re going and how to get there before you start. But how do you decide where you’re going until you meet your characters, hear their…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laurie Frankel

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Start Date: 09/24/2018 – 5:00 PM
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Laurie Frankel

Laurie Frankel is the author of two novels, The Atlas of Love, shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Goodbye For Now, winner of the Endeavor Award. A former college professor, she now writes full-time.

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Short Story Generator

Introductory | Know you want to write fiction, but aren’t sure how to get started? Written before but are feeling stuck? This generative class will help you find ideas, locate plot, build dramatic tension, and enhance characters that attract readers….

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 09/24/2018 – 5:00 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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Advanced Memoir Manuscript

The Advanced Memoir Manuscript course is open exclusively to writers who’ve taken the Yearlong in Memoir class (previously called the Yearlong Memoir Manuscript class). This course will offer a booster of support and instruction to writers who’ve started manuscripts in…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 09/24/2018 – 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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Book Lab

This full year of mentorship is for students who have completed a Yearlong Manuscript course, or have a complete manuscript ready for extensive feedback. Students will be part of an intimate cohort of fellow writers that work together and one-on-one…

Course Type: Book Lab  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 5:00 PM
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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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Travel Writing Comprehensive

All Levels | If you dream of becoming a jet-set blogger, working travel writer, or award-winning travel memoirist, professional tools and techniques are your ticket to success. By course’s end, students will have crafted a compelling blog post, essay, article,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lora Shinn

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 5:00 PM
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Lora Shinn

Lora Shinn is currently interim editor at Alaska Airlines Beyond, and has written about travel for publications including Sunset, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, AAA Journey and New York Magazine.

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Make it New

All Levels | Ezra Pound once wrote, “Make it new.” In this class, we’ll learn how to break down familiar plot lines, avoid cliché, and do away with tired prose. Students will use these techniques to produce a piece of…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ruth Joffre

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 7:10 PM
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Ruth Joffre

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast (forthcoming 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. She lives in Seattle.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe every piece of literature is an emotional education. A story like Mavis Gallant's "The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street," for instance, requires us not only to understand the inner workings of its characters' psyches but to become the kind of people who are capable of feeling as they feel and thinking as they think. In this way, we learn to feel sympathy for the socially awkward, love for the romantically jilted, and sorrow for the painfully ambitious. When we can't expand our minds this way, our writing and our reading suffers.

Writers I return to: Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Mavis Gallant, W. G. Sebald, Elizabeth Strout, Maggie Nelson, Anita Brookner, Penelope Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Richard Yates, Elizabeth McCracken, and James Baldwin, to name a few.

Favorite writing advice: Hands down, this piece of advice from Benjamin Percy: "Keep hammering."

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Yearlong in Short Story

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, Hugo House’s yearlong classes will provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Ramon Isao

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 7:10 PM
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Ramon Isao

Ramon Isao is a recipient of the Tim McGinnis Award for fiction, and his work has appeared in the Iowa Review, American Reader, Ninth Letter, and Hobart. His screenplays include ZMD, Junk, and Dead Body.

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Yearlong in Science Fiction

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, Hugo House’s yearlong classes will provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Nisi Shawl

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 7:10 PM
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Novel Outline Bootcamp

All Levels | Get that full-length fiction outline into shape. By taking a deeper look at the structural building blocks of the novel — plot, characters, conflict, resolution, and metaphor — we will work together to define the story you…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jarret Middleton

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 7:10 PM
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Jarret Middleton

Jarret Middleton is the author of the novels Darkansas and An Dantomine Eerly. He is currently the editor of Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint Press, and was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press, an independent publisher based in Seattle.

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Yearlong in Memoir

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, Hugo House’s yearlong classes will provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 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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Writing Fiction that Dares

All Levels | Does your plot hold your reader’s heart? Are your characters taking risks, maybe even being downright obnoxious? Does your dialogue sing? Do your scenes waltz along the pages? Over these eight weeks, we go deep and generate…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sonora Jha

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 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 recent political essays and Op-Eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and the Globalist. Apart from her academic and journalistic writing, she is currently finishing work on a memoir. Sonora is a current Hugo House Writer-in-Residence.

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Yearlong in Prose

In weekly meetings over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, Hugo House’s yearlong classes will provide dedicated writers with an intensive path toward finishing a draft of a book. Whether you are early in the writing process or already…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 09/25/2018 – 7:10 PM
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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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