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Browse Fall 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 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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The Art of the Question

All Levels | To write about something, we must understand it. And we do so by asking questions. In this class, you’ll learn how to formulate interview questions for features, profiles, and fiction writing. We’ll read interviews, study interviewers, and…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jake Uitti

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Start Date: 09/27/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Jake Uitti

Jake Uitti is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Seattle Times, Salon, Atlas Obscura, The Stranger and many other publications. When not poring over a keyboard mid-interview, Jake can be found rolling around the Emerald City in a 2003 Chevy Impala looking for the city’s best ramen or cheese pizza slice. He is the author of two books from Reedy Press: 100 Things To Do In Seattle Before You Die and Unique Eats and Eateries: Seattle. The son of two Ivy League professors, Jake grew up amidst books of poetry and French literature, but soulful meals and compelling music are his true loves.

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Writing Queerly

All Levels | Queer writers forced outside the margins have learned to write outside the margins: inventing new forms, language, new names for the world around us. In this generative workshop, students will trace the lineages and poetic strategies of…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 09/28/2021 - 7:10 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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GRATIS Obedece a tu genio literario

Si estás leyendo esta descripción es porque te interesa escribir, pero a veces la pena, la duda, o el miedo se interponen y nos roban la intención. En estas tres sesiones nos vamos a inspirar con Eduardo Galeano y Chales…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Claudia Castro Luna

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Start Date: 09/28/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna is an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate fellow (2019), WA State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2021) and Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2018), the author of One River, A Thousand Voices (Chin Music Press), the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) also shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry, and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge Press). Her most recent non-fiction can be found in, There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis (Vintage) Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle on unceded Duwamish lands where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

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Intro to Memoir Writing, Pt. I: Discovering Your Stories

Introductory | Do you want to write about your life but aren’t sure where to begin? Or maybe you know where to begin–you’ve begun a thousand times already–but now what? The primary focus of this class will be to help…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 09/28/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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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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Yearlong in Short Story (IN-PERSON)

All Levels | The short story remains arguably the best medium through which a fiction writer hones their craft, and in this class that’s exactly our aim. We’ll read, write, discuss, and critique short fiction with equal parts rigor and…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Ramon Isao

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Start Date: 09/28/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT
3 seats available

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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Fiction I

Whether you’re looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce three key elements of fiction: description, conflict, and character. Alongside published examples and writing prompts, you will write a short story and learn the basics of the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

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Start Date: 09/28/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Susan V. 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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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