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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 Talk of a Party: Dialogue Generation

All Levels | In this class, we will go on a generative, prompt-based journey to explore different ways that dialogue manifests. We’ll spill a secret to a friend, monologue out of time, comfort someone sick in the bathroom, and more….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Brian Dang

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Start Date: 10/30/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Brian Dang

Brian Dang (they/them) is a Vietnamese/Chinese playwright, poet, and mentor based in Duwamish Territory (Seattle). Brian is a proud resident playwright at Parley. For Brian, playwriting is an act of envisioning an eventual communing and an opportunity to freeze time as we know it. Their writing has been workshopped with Seattle Opera, Pork Filled Productions, Karen’s Secret Army, Theatre Battery, and the Undergraduate Theater Society. Brian was a 2020-21 Hugo House Fellow and their play h*llo k*tty syndrome was supported by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Brian is also an arts administrator, serving as the Literary Manager of Washington Ensemble Theatre. They’re grateful for having somehow convinced the world they can read and write.

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Food Writing 101

All Levels | Food writing can be notoriously difficult to break into. After all, everyone eats and everyone has opinions. In this course, we will workshop a draft and hone timely angles to pitch the right editor. We will also…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sabra Boyd

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Start Date: 10/31/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Sabra Boyd

Sabra is a freelance writer, public speaker, former healthcare administrator, and “retired” child actor. Her personal essays and journalism have been featured in the Washington Post, Vice, Psychology Today, HuffPost, Eater, Seattle Times, and more. Sabra writes about food, beauty, healthcare, homelessness, exploitation, and tech. Having grown up all over the west coast, writing about place as character is central to much of her work. Sabra strives to be a writer’s writer, dedicated to helping others build their own successful writing careers.

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Writing the Vignette (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | Vignettes are fun and satisfying “blips” of writing, which are generally considered prose but tend toward poetry. They don’t necessarily “go” anywhere but, when artfully roped together, have created some astonishing longer works, including The House on…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeff Bender

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Start Date: 11/01/2021

Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program and winner of Hugo House's New Works Competition. His fiction and humor have appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Points in Case, Slackjaw, and Little Old Lady Comedy.

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Braiding Sweetgrass and the Self

All Levels | Interwoven with themes from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, this generative class will encourage writers to delve into their relationship with identity, the body, nature, biology, ancestors, community, and the living world. Each week, students will come…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gabriela Denise Frank

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Start Date: 11/03/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Gabriela Denise Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank's work has appeared in galleries, storefronts, libraries, anthologies, magazines, podcasts and online. Her essays and short fiction have been published in True Story, Hunger Mountain, Bayou, Baltimore Review, Crab Creek Review and The Rumpus. Her writing and literary art installations are supported by 4Culture, Jack Straw, Artist Trust, Mineral School, Vermont Studio Center and the Civita Institute.

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Ghosts and Apparitions: Writing About What Haunts Us

All Levels | The ghost story is among the oldest and most ubiquitous literary narratives, crossing nearly every culture and genre. But what is a ghost story, really? We’ll look at excerpted material from some of the classics ( James,…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Allison Ellis

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Start Date: 11/03/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Allison Ellis

Allison Ellis’ writing has been published in The New York Times, The Ploughshares blog, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Amazon Original Stories, SELF, Marie Claire, Redbook, and The Washington Post.

In 2016, her essay, “Hold On” won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in the short nonfiction category, and her forthcoming memoir, Ready About is the 2021 recipient of the First Pages Prize/Sandra Carpenter Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

She holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars (2021) and a BA from Smith College in American Studies. Read more of her work at allisonellis.com

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Somewhere in Time

All Levels | In this course, prose writers will learn tools to effectively navigate shifts within time and place — forward, backward, or between scenes. With readings, discussion, in-class writing prompts, brief workshops focused exclusively on issues of transitions, and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Slattery

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Start Date: 11/04/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

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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Writing Critical Essays & Reviews

All Levels | As the saying goes, everyone’s a critic. Or are they? Students interested in criticism — literary, music, cultural — will explore the art of critical writing by exploring the work of others and producing their own work….

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Kevin O'Rourke

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Start Date: 11/06/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Kevin O'Rourke

Kevin O’Rourke lives in Philadelphia, where he works in publishing and writes about science. His first book, the essay collection As If Seen at an Angle, was published by Tinderbox Editions; he is currently working on several follow-up projects, including a book about surviving suicide.

Other writing has appeared in the LA Review of Books, Kenyon Review, and Think Global Health, among others. Learn more at kforourke.com.

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Comedic Storytelling

All Levels | There’s an art to making painful, strange, or even mundane life experiences funny. Students will learn to dig inside their own lives to find humorous, relatable material that will unify an audience, making them laugh at their…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Margot Leitman

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Start Date: 11/07/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman is an award-winning storyteller, best-selling author, speaker and teacher. A former story scout for "This American Life," she is considered a leading expert in the growing field of storytelling. Leitman has written two books on the subject: the best-selling, Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need and her latest What’s Your Story? A Workbook For the Storyteller in All of Us both from Sasquatch Books. Her comedic memoir, Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase is available from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.

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Lyric Archiving

All Levels | Learn about lyric archiving! This generative class will feature a series of writing experiments, including mapping, dreamwork, drawing, and collage work. Writers from all genres are encouraged to attend.

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ross Gay

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Start Date: 11/12/2021 - 10:00 am PST

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.

Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, "River." He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University.

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FREE Storytelling for People of Color

This class is dedicated to the role of storytelling in finding relief from distress. Students in this course will learn how storytelling can be used for personal and communal reclamation, including the confrontation of historical pain. Students will understand the…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Dr. Zain Shamoon

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Start Date: 11/14/2021 - 1:10 pm PST
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Dr. Zain Shamoon

Dr. Zain Shamoon completed his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies in Fall 2017 at Michigan State University. He also completed a Master's degree in Couple and Family therapy in 2011. He is dedicated to the creation of spaces where people can tell their personal stories on route to their own wellness. In his clinical work, he has served a range of clients, including those wrestling with high anxiety, relational conflict, and severe depression.

In March 2015, he helped launch the Narratives of Pain project, which is a group emotional outlet of personal narrative and catharsis based in Metro Detroit, and now Seattle. Currently, Zain is a professor of Couple and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle.

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Roadmapping Your Memoir

All Levels | Develop a clear roadmap for your memoir in this generative workshop. Memoir author and writing coach Ingrid Ricks will help you hone in on your story, theme, and message, and teach you four compelling ways to structure…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 11/14/2021 - 10:00 am PST
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Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an NYT-bestselling author, writing coach, ghostwriter and speaker who is passionate about leveraging personal storytelling to foster healing, awareness, empathy and change. Her memoirs include Hippie Boy, A Girl's Story and Focus. Visit ingridricks.com.

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Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | You know how to write. Now, how do you make a business out of your skills? How do you land your first clients? Set your rates? Create a steady stream of income? These are the questions Going…

Course Type: 12 Sessions  |   Instructor: Paulette Perhach

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Start Date: 11/20/2021

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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Creating Nonhuman Characters

All Levels | Nonhuman characters bring a depth to your story not achievable with human characters. By exploring four elements — point of view, intelligence, behavior, and “The Wilding” (the moment when the animal character becomes its most primitive self…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Elizabeth Beechwood & Katherine Quevedo

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Start Date: 11/21/2021 - 10:00 am PST
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Elizabeth Beechwood & Katherine Quevedo

Elizabeth Beechwood is your typical scarf-knitting, bird-feeding tree hugger who lives on the western fringes of Portland, Oregon. When she writes, she starts with regular characters with regular lives … but then something strange happens. Whether it’s fiction, fantasy, magical realism or genre-bending, you can count on something just a little peculiar from her stories. Elizabeth earned an MFA in Popular Fiction at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and her fiction has been featured in Nightscape Press’s "Nox Pareidolia," Third Flatiron’s "Hidden Histories," Not a Pipe Publishing’s "The Year of Publishing Women’s Short Stories" series, Crossed Genres, and Every Day Fiction. You can visit her at www.elizabethbeechwood.com.

Katherine Quevedo’s fiction has appeared in Best Indie Speculative Fiction Vol. III, Short Édition’s Short Circuit, GigaNotoSaurus, Apparition Literary Magazine, Triangulation: Appetites, and elsewhere. Her poetry received an honorable mention in the 2020 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest and has appeared in Honeyguide Literary Magazine, NonBinary Review, Songs of Eretz, Coffin Bell, Sidequest, and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been published in the official blog of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She was born and raised near Portland, Oregon, where she works as an analyst and lives with her husband and two sons. She holds an MBA from Portland State University and degrees in English and Business Economics from Santa Clara University. https://katherinequevedo.com/

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What We Really Mean to Say: Utilizing Poetic Techniques in Prose

All Levels | When we attend to language, we not only say what it is we’re after in more vivid ways, but we very often find ways to say that which we didn’t even know we could say — that…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Joe Wilkins

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Start Date: 11/21/2021 - 1:10 pm PST
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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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Writing About Pop Culture

All Levels | We live in an age of democratized criticism. In this class, you will write about what you love, whether it’s reality TV, travel, gaming, TikTok videos, movies, books, or YouTube channels. You can explore your passion for…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Levy

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Start Date: 11/23/2021 - 12:30 pm PST

Lisa Levy

Lisa Levy is a writer, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New Republic, the LARB, the Believer, the Millions, the Rumpus, TLS, the CBC, and Lit Hub, where she is a contributing editor. She is also a columnist and contributing editor to Crime Reads. She has an essay in the collection Talking About Pauline Kael and one in the anthology Dating & Sex: The Theory of Mutual Self-Destruction. Lisa has taught at Writers Workshop Dallas, Grub Street, the Loft, and Sackett Street Writers Workshop. She is working on a collection of linked essays about chronic illness and cultural ideas about life narrative, progressive time, and futurity, as well as a critical study about women and crime fiction.

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