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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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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
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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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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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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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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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FREE The Antiracist Workshop in Action

What does a constructive, equitable, antiracist writing workshop look like? Imagine students rallying around one another, reading in service of the author’s agenda, articulating constructive questions, and moderating their own feedback. In this interactive session featuring personal story, freewriting exercises,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Felicia Rose Chavez

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Start Date: 10/03/2021 - 12:00 pm PDT

Felicia Rose Chavez

Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and Jose Olivarez. Felicia’s teaching career began in Chicago, where she served as Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founded GirlSpeak, a feminist webzine for high school students. She went on to teach writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was distinguished as the Most Innovative Instructor of the Year, the University of Iowa, where she was distinguished as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, and Colorado College, where she received the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty Award. Her creative scholarship earned her a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, a University of Iowa Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, a Riley Scholar Fellowship, and a Hadley Creatives Fellowship. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently serves as the Creativity and Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College. For more information about The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, and to access a multi-genre compilation of contemporary writers of color and progressive online publishing platforms, please visit www.antiracistworkshop.com.

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How Stories Get Told: Voice, Narrative Distance, and Psychic Distance

Intermediate | In this class, we will discuss how to recognize voice and manage shifts between author and character voices; manipulate narrative distance to make smooth transitions between drama and summary; and recognize levels of psychic distance in order to…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Scott Driscoll

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Start Date: 10/04/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

Scott Driscoll

Scott Driscoll is an award-winning instructor (UW, Educational Outreach award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), and his debut novel, Better You Go Home, was selected as the Foreword Reviews First Book Contest winner. He was the 1989 winner of the University of Washington’s Milliman Award for Fiction.

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Finding Joy and Agency in Your Artistry

Intermediate | This class is perfect for artists who crave more agency in their careers. Each week, we’ll explore what it means to create and maintain your own definition of success. Topics include building a ritual around your artistic practice,…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Danielle Mohlman

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Start Date: 10/04/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT

Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright based in Seattle, WA. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Cygnet Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Field Trip Theatre, Umbrella Project, Youth Theatre Northwest, The Scratch & Really Really Theatre Group, and Seattle Public Theater, among others. Danielle is an alumna of Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and the Umbrella Project Writers Group. She is a proud graduate of both Cal Poly Pomona and Emerson College. She is currently developing multiple projects for theatre, film, and audio.

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How to Create Characters Who Snap, Crackle & Pop

All Levels | Ever read (or write) a story where the hero or heroine just doesn’t seem to pop? I have. Like a thousand times. This intensive (but fun-filled!) seminar will investigate why some characters leap off the page while…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 10/04/2021 - 6:00 pm PDT
1 seats available

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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Three Scenes in Three Ways

All Levels | In this six-week class, you will have the opportunity to explore how to write scenes in different ways. Each week, I will give you a strategy to approach a scene in a new way. This might be…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Emily Rapp Black

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

Emily Rapp Black

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), a New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University, where she was the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, the New York Times, Die Zeit, The Times-London, Sunday Independent (UK), the Sydney Herald, Lenny Letter, Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Sun, TIME, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Redbook, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications and anthologies. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and frequently publishes scholarly work in the fields of disability studies, bioethics, and theological studies. She has taught literature and writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles, The University of New Mexico, where she was the Joseph M. Russo Endowed Chair of Creative Writing, UCLA, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, 24PearlStreet, and the UCR-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Writing and the Performing Arts. She is active in medical advocacy groups dedicated to changing socio-cultural discussions around palliative/hospice/end of life care and quality of life health care decisions. She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches medical narratives in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a founding member of Zoeglossia, a literary organization dedicated to creating inclusive spaces for poets with disabilities, as well as a mentor in the Along the Chaparral Project for Veterans at UCR. She regularly collaborates with visual artist Carrie Scanga; their most recent collaboration is an interactive, traveling art installation inspired by Rapp Black’s forthcoming book, Sanctuary. She was recently named the nonfiction editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book that explores art and disability through the life of Frida Kahlo is forthcoming from Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books in 2021. She is the mother of two children: Ronan (2010-2013), and Charlotte (age 6).

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Motivation and Meditation

All Levels | In this class, we will cover a series of multigenre writing prompts that harness motivation, community reflection, introspective thought, journaling, and generative writing. We will align our work with meditative techniques that will help ground, inspire, and…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Naa Akua

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Start Date: 10/06/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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Naa Akua

Naa Akua is a 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence, queer poet, emcee, and Gregory Award winning actor. They are a WITS writer-in-residence at Franklin High School and co-facilitator for Young Women Empowered Y-WE Lead mentoring program.

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Techwashed!: Writing with AI, Data, and Surveillance

All Levels | Advancements in technology are invisibly challenging our society’s foundations. Data about us already empower some and disempower others. In this part-generative, part-analytical course, we’ll examine the language of this revolution through close reads of everything from technical…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Shankar Narayan

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Start Date: 10/09/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

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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Brilliant Openings: How to Grab Agents & Editors on Page One

All Levels | Writing’s all fun and games until the rejections start piling up. In this intensive (though informal) workshop, we’ll aim to make sure your stories or essays draw the reader in, rather than leaving them in the dark….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 10/11/2021 - 6:00 pm PDT

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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Foiling the Marriage Plot

All Levels | From Gone with the Wind to Gone Girl; from Madame Bovary to Fifty Shades of Grey; and from Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary to Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, writers have perpetuated and interrogated the marriage plot. In…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Levy

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Start Date: 10/12/2021 - 12:30 pm PDT

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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Book Lab

Applications for this class are due Sep. 28 and will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Book Lab is a year-long intensive class for writers seeking to revise, restructure, rethink, and finalize a book-length manuscript. Students form…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Tara Conklin

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Start Date: 10/12/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT
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Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the author of The House
Girl (William Morrow, 2013) and The
Last Romantics (William Morrow, 2019),
both New York Times bestsellers. The Last
Romantics was a Barnes & Noble Book Club
Pick, IndieNext Pick, and was selected by
Jenna Bush Hager as the inaugural read for
The Today Show Book Club.

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