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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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Layers of Landscape: Harnessing the Power of Place

All Levels | We ignore the power of place at our own psychological and physical peril. Truly, place is an active force in all our lives. It shapes and reshapes us, offers foundation and refuge, and challenges us to be…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Joe Wilkins

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Start Date: 05/08/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of the novel,
Fall Back Down When I Die (Little Brown),
a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers
(Counterpoint), and three poetry collections,
most recently When We Were Birds, winner
of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.
He directs the creative program at Linfield
College.

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Experiments in Form

All Levels | In this class, we will explore the possibilities of form in fiction, using structural resources such as Jane Alison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative along with the more traditional (and perhaps archetypal) hero’s (or…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jacqueline Kolosov

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Start Date: 05/08/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Jacqueline Kolosov

Jacqueline Kolosov is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship. She has published 3 full-length collections of poetry along with YA/NA novels, and stories, essays & myriad hybrid forms. She has coedited 3 anthologies of contemporary writing, most recently Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, winner of Foreword's IndieFab Gold Medal in Writing.

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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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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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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
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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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Politics and Prose: Tackling Social Justice Issues Through Fiction

TIME UPDATE: This class will now run from 10 am – 1 pm PT. This has been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | In a time of political upheaval, amidst a saturated media landscape, deeply imagined narratives of individual…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jennifer De Leon

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Start Date: 06/02/2021 - 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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You’ve Got to Get Your Writing Life Organized Section II

Section III: Due to great interest in this class, we have opened up a third section of this class on 6/9. Registration is open now. All Levels | Is your writing life a junkyard of started projects, scattered notes, and…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Paulette Perhach

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Start Date: 06/02/2021 - 6:00 pm PDT
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Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Vice, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and The Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow.

She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about everything a writer needs to thrive – craft, personal finance, business skills, and joy – at WelcomeToTheWritersLife.com. The site also offers a newsletter with a year of daily writing prompts.

She keeps a casual podcast about creativity and money called Can We Talk About Money?

Learn more and read her work at PaulettePerhach.com.

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Character as Action

All Levels | “Character,” according to Aristotle, “gives us qualities, but it is in action—what we do—that we are happy or the reverse.” In this one-day session, writers of fiction will explore building more engaging characters through action, as opposed…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Robin Mclean

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Start Date: 06/06/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Robin Mclean

Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Her first short story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was published in May 2015. The collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Story Prize in 2011 and 2012. McLean’s stories have appeared widely in such places as The Cincinnati Review, Carve, The Common, Copper Nickel, and many others.

Her debut novel and second story collection are forthcoming from And Other Stories.

A figure skater first—having learned to skate and walk at the same time—McLean believes that crashing on ice prepared her for writing fiction. Besides writing, her careers and interests have been diverse: pushcart hotdog sales, lawyer and mediator, potter and tile maker, political activist, union organizer, sculptor, haunted corn maze manager as well as zombie trainer.

She taught writing for 7 years at Clark University. She now lives and teaches in the high plains desert of central Nevada at Ike's Canyon Ranch Writer's Retreat, which she co-founded.

She also teaches on Zoom at The Loft in Minneapolis, Love Street Writers of Melbourne, Australia.

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Worldbuilding

All Levels | Though we often associate worldbuilding with fantasy, every story is a series of nesting dolls with worlds inside of them: countries, cities, neighborhoods, friend groups, and internal frameworks. Students will learn how to create and populate worlds…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor

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Start Date: 06/06/2021 - 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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