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Hugo House: Your best source for writing classes in Seattle.

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Fall Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ donor Registration: August 12
Member Registration: August 13
General Registration: August 20


Early Bird Pricing Aug. 12 through Aug. 26:

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

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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The Writer’s Welcome Kit

Want to be a writer? Don’t waste time. The Writer’s Welcome Kit aims to save you 100 hours of work and worry as you go from wanting to be a writer to working to be a writer. It’s the first e-course…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Writer's Welcome Kit

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Personal Coaching for the Writer’s Welcome Kit

If you need accountability and guidance while completing your Writer’s Welcome Kit and committing to the writing life, our coaching level class is for you. You’ll start with a 15-minute discussion of your goals with a professional writer, send in…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: The Writer's Welcome Kit

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The Writer's Welcome Kit

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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. Students will…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Dieker

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Start Date: 09/19/2019
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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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All About Agents

Intermediate | If you’re seeking traditional publication, you’ll need a literary agent. In this course, geared toward writers with complete, revised manuscripts, we’ll discuss qualities of good agents, how to build an agent list, and how to craft a query…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rachel Lynn Solomon

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Start Date: 10/02/2019 – 5:00 PM

Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel Lynn Solomon lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of the YA novels You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, Our Year of Maybe, and the forthcoming Today Tonight Tomorrow, all from Simon & Schuster.

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Online Class | Marketing for Writers

All Levels | Need to increase your visibility as a writer? If you’re not an influencer, it’s time to become one! Learn how to connect with different media outlets (print and digital); the pros and cons of trending online channels;…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 10/03/2019

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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The Writer-Agent Relationship

Introductory / Intermediate | Novelist, essayist, and poet Carrie La Seur and her literary agent, Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative Management, explore the writer-agent relationship with scenes from their collaboration on La Seur’s debut novel The Home Place (William Morrow,…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Carrie La Seur and Michelle Brower

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Start Date: 11/02/2019 – 10:00 AM

Carrie La Seur and Michelle Brower

Carrie La Seur’s critically acclaimed debut novel The Home Place (William Morrow 2014) won the High Plains Book Award, was short-listed for the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel, and was an IndieNext pick, a Library Journal pick, one of the Great Falls Tribune’s Top 10 Montana Books for 2014, and a Florida SunSentinel Best Crime Fiction pick for 2014. Carrie has completed the Iowa Writers’ Workshop Summer Session and the 2019 Tin House Novel Writing Workshop, and was a Susannah McCorkle Scholar at the 2016 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her writing appears in such diverse media as Daily Beast; Eyes on the International Criminal Court; Grist; the Guardian; Harvard Law and Policy Review; High Country News; Huffington Post; Iowa Farmer Today; Kenyon Review Online; Mother Jones; and Yale Journal of International Law. New poetry, a book review, and short fiction are forthcoming from Inscape, Kenyon Review, Rappahannock Review, and more.

Michelle Brower has represented National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez, the New York Times bestseller The House Girl by Tara Conklin; bestselling historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor; the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; and After Disasters by Viet Dinh, which was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Prize. After graduating from New York University with a MA degree in literature, Brower began her career in agenting at Wendy Sherman Associates. Before joining Aevitas, she was a Senior Vice President at Folio Literary Management.

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The Late Show: (Re)starting Your Writing Life at 45+

Introductory | In this generative workshop, we’ll learn the seven crucial steps to (re)entering and maintaining a writing practice at a later stage in life, explore three different genres (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) through prompts and a few readings, and…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Stephanie Barbe Hammer

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Start Date: 11/07/2019 – 5:00 PM

Stephanie Barbe Hammer

Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 4 time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work has appeared in Pearl, Hayden’s Ferry, the Bellevue Literary Review and S/tick among other places. She was a comp lit scholar for many years, but then decided she wanted to make creative work, rather than just talk about it. Born in New York City she now lives on Whidbey Island where she writes flash fiction, poetry, and occasional essays and teaches creative writing at community colleges and non-profits. She is the author of a novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior (Urban Farmhouse Press in 2015), a poetry collection How Formal? (Spout Hill Press, 2014), and a chapbook, Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She’s working on a new novel about a repentant drug dealer and a new poetry collection about being a city dweller attempting to deal with nature.

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Digital Detox: Writing Without Distractions

All Levels | Do you spend too much time looking at screens? Are you distracted by the internet while writing? This class is intended as an antidote to the particular angst of living in our technology-saturated moment. We’ll use our…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 11/09/2019 – 10:00 AM

Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Mindful Writing

All Levels | We’ll explore writing as a contemplative practice: one that can center and ground us in the midst of chaos and distraction, activate awareness and acceptance, and radically transform experience. Using the principles of mindfulness, we’ll start with…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anna Vodicka

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Start Date: 12/11/2019 – 5:30 PM
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Anna Vodicka

Anna Vodicka's essays have appeared in AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, Longreads, McSweeneys' Internet Tendency, Paste, and Best Women's Travel Writing 2017. She has had residency fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook.

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