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Spring Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ donor Registration: March 2
Member Registration: March 3
General Registration: March 10


Early Bird Pricing March 2 through March 16:

  • $10 off one-session classes
  • $20 off classes that are two to six sessions
  • $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more

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Online Class | #OwnVoices: Digital Storytelling

All Levels | Digital storytelling—the single or combined use of text, images, video, audio, social media (like ‘tweets’ or ‘bookstagrams’), or interactive elements (such as live chats)—is a powerful way to showcase diverse narratives. This course will focus on how…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 02/27/2020

Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is the Content Marketing Specialist for Taliesin Preservation—a National Historic Landmark and the home, studio, school and 800-acre estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. She is also guest faculty at The Highlights Foundation; a 2018 We Need Diverse Books mentorship finalist; and a 2017 World Food Championship judge. Formerly the digital editor at BRAVA (a Wisconsin-based publication created by women for women), she enjoyed overseeing culinary, arts, style and live event coverage while working in the media in addition to contributing print, photography and video content to BLK+GRN, Madison Magazine, Entrepreneurial Chef, Hobby Farms Magazine and Urban Farm. She is equally grateful to have presented this year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writer's Institute and Write to Publish at Portland State University on digital marketing and social media strategy for writers.

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How to Get Published Without an Agent

All Levels | If you ask ten successful writers how they got their first great work published, you will get ten completely different answers. We’ll explore the art of crafting the perfect query letter. We will discuss how to maneuver…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Richard Chiem

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Start Date: 03/21/2020 – 10:00 am

Richard Chiem

Richard Chiem is the author of You Private Person (Sorry House Classics, 2017), and the novel, King of Joy (Soft Skull, 2019). You Private Person, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Essential Books of the American West. His work has been published by NY TyrantFanzine, and The Nervous Breakdown, among many other places. He was named a 2019 Writer to Watch by the Los Angeles Times. He has taught at Hugo House, Catapult, and at the University of Washington Bothell. He lives in Seattle.

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Online Class | Market While You Write: Building an Audience

Intermediate / Advanced | Like it or not, marketing is part of a modern author’s job description, and it starts long before the book comes out. This is a class for the writers who are baffled when an agent or…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Beth Jusino

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Start Date: 04/02/2020
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Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino is a writer, editor, and publishing
consultant. A former literary agent
and marketing director, she’s the author
of the memoir Walking to the End of the
World (Mountaineers Books, 2018) and The
Author’s Guide to Marketing (Sharper Words
Press, 2014).

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Identifying Your Theme

All Levels | Identifying the themes in your work is one of the most difficult, yet crucial, components of writing. Themes act as guides writers can follow throughout the writing process. They let you know what needs to be included…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Corbin Lewars

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Start Date: 04/04/2020 – 1:10 pm
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Corbin Lewars

Corbin Lewars is the author of Divorce as Opportunity: Stories and Support For Your Transition and the Washington State Book Award and PNBA nominee Creating a Life. She has freelanced as a developmental editor and writing coach for fifteen years.

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Writing, Fear, and Building a Personal Practice

Introductory / Intermediate | Do you love to write, but struggle to find motivation? Do you want to sustain a writing practice within a supportive community? Together we will examine our work patterns, challenges, goals, intentions, beliefs, and fears through…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 04/24/2020 – 10:00 am
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Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a multiracial Chinese American writer, teacher, editor, and coach. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Longreads, The New England Review, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, Vela Magazine, and Literary Mama, and her manuscript, Heart Radical, was selected by Cheryl Strayed as 1st runner-up in Kore Press’s 2018 memoir contest. Anne has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, 4Culture, and Jack Straw.

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How to Come Out as a Writer

Introductory | In this class, we will discuss strategies for transitioning from a secret hobbyist writer to a “professional writer.” Class participants will get the inside scoop on how to submit work to literary magazines, small presses, and contests; create…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia Renee

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Start Date: 05/04/2020 – 7:10 pm
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Anastacia Renee

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the 2017-2019 Seattle Civic Poet and the 2015-2017 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Black Ocean) 26 (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School, and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk; the anthologies Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.

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Online Class | How to Develop a Writing Practice

Introductory / Intermediate | Successful writers understand that writing is not just an art — it’s a practice. If you’re having trouble finding time to write or lack the motivation to complete your writing projects, this class is for you….

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Dieker

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Start Date: 05/05/2020
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Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker teaches writing, freelancing, and publishing classes (including Hugo House online classes) and works one-on-one with authors as a developmental editor and copyeditor. She's been a full-time freelance writer since 2012, and spent five years as a writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Nicole's debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 1: 1989–2000, published in May 2017; The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2: 2004–2016 followed in May 2018. The two books are a Millennial-era Little Women that follow three sisters from childhood to adulthood.

“I took Nicole’s freelancing class. By the end of the class, I had submitted my first pitch, had it accepted and the article published. She guided us through the process of building a freelance career, with concrete steps to get started, ongoing resources for growth and answers to wide-ranging questions. She taught one of the most informative classes I’ve taken and she did it while providing individualized information for each member of the class.” — Beth Swanson, freelance writer and journalist

Visit NicoleDieker.com to learn more, or to read Nicole's daily blog posts about the art and the finances of a creative career.

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How to Break in to Indie Publishing

Intermediate / Advanced | You’ve put in the hours, received professional feedback, and are ready to submit your manuscript. Or maybe you aren’t quite ready, but you’re thinking about it. Wherever you are in your path toward publication, developing a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sarah Cannon

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Start Date: 05/17/2020 – 1:10 pm
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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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Setting Up Your Submission Factory

All Levels | Pitching and submitting, querying and applying — this is not why you became a writer. Do yourself the favor of setting up a system that will automate these unavoidable tasks and help you track the information you…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Paulette Perhach

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Start Date: 05/19/2020 – 7:10 pm
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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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