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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.

Click here to learn more about our in-person COVID-19 policies for fall.

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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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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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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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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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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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(Re)Building Confidence as a Writer

All Levels | Have you struggled to call yourself a writer? It might surprise you to hear that things like public recognition, awards, and commercial success are like the empty carbs of an artist’s creative metabolism. What gives writers and…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Bonnie J. Rough

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Start Date: 10/07/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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Outmaneuvering Distraction

All Levels | Every writer must deal with distraction. Even Michel de Montaigne, who could retreat to his private turret to write, complained that the affairs of his estate chipped away at his concentration. In this class, we will acknowledge…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Bonnie J. Rough

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Start Date: 10/13/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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FREE The BIPOC Writer’s Toolkit: Market Your Work with Content Strategy

This is a free course for writers who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). Do you sell or share your creative work online? Is your content achieving your desired results? Content strategy is the ongoing process of reaching…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: D.A. Navoti

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Start Date: 10/16/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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D.A. Navoti

D.A. Navoti (he/him/his) created Wellness-ish-ness, a blog for creative hot messes because he's a hell of a hot mess. Navoti also writes creative nonfiction and poetic prose. His work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere.

He's a CityArtist 2020 recipient from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and a former fellow at Hugo House & Jack Straw Cultural Center. He received residencies from The Seventh Wave & Gullkistan: Center for Creativity, and holds an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Arizona State. He's also co-founder of Fight For Our Lives, a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics.

He grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and is a member of the Gila River Indian Community, a descendant of O'otham (Salt & Gila Rivers), Hopi, Zuni, and Yavapai-Apache tribes. Born Daniel Napelee Jr., D.A. are initials to honor his late father, and 'Navoti' honors his Hopi mother. D.A. lives and writes in Seattle, WA.

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Blogging for Hire

All Levels | Blogging can generate steady income for freelancers in myriad ways. From ghostwriting for speakers and entrepreneurs to monetizing one’s own platforms by providing sponsored content, explore how to tap into diverse revenue streams using this creative skill….

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 10/21/2021 - 2:00 pm PDT

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is faculty for Hugo House and The Loft Literary Center; a We Need Diverse Books program volunteer; and a book reviewer for Shelf Awareness. She has contributed print, photography and video content to Fabulous Wisconsin, BLK+GRN, BRAVA, Madison Magazine and Entrepreneurial Chef. She is also the founder of The Little BookProject WI, a community arts and nonprofit bi-annual collaboration. A passionate commitment to holistic wellness and sustainable agriculture keeps her a Midwestern girl at heart—and Madison resident.

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Creative Vulnerability

All Levels | Working with Brené Brown’s definition of vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure, this course will explore ways of moving through artistic fear and freeing writers from the confines of perfectionism. Since the antidote of shame is…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Gracie Bialecki

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Start Date: 10/23/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Gracie Bialecki

Gracie Bialecki is a writer and literary coach who lives in Paris, France. Her fiction, essays, and video poems have appeared in various publications including Epiphany Magazine where she was a monthly columnist. Bialecki is the co-founder of Thirst, a gallery and storytelling series; a poetry editor at Paris Lit Up; and the author of Youth, a collection of poetry. Her novel, Purple Gold, was published by ANTIBOOKCLUB in 2020.

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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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The Art of the Query Letter

Intermediate | Whether your goal is securing an agent for your book or querying small presses directly, a stand-out query letter is essential. You only have one shot so make it count with a concise, intriguing description of your book…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

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Start Date: 12/07/2021 - 5:00 pm PST

Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt's essays have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, The Sun and elsewhere. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published in April 2018, and she is currently working on an autobiographical novel that takes place in Haiti. She teaches at workshops around the country.

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