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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

Early bird pricing will automatically apply at checkout. 

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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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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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ONLINE | Close Reading and Imitation: A Generative Fiction Workshop

All Levels | Let’s read great short stories and then learn through imitation. We will look closely at stories that do something well (dialog, relationships, family, the unknown) and make our own attempts through homage. Each week, you will attempt…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Laura Scott

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Start Date: 04/13/2020
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Laura Scott

Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared publications including Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House online, and Notre Dame Review. She served as senior associate editor for the oral history Lavil: Life, Love and Death in Port-au-Prince. She’s a MacDowell Colony fellow.

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Online Class | Telling Life Stories

All Levels | So you want to tell your story — but how? This class offers you the chance to try out a number of different genres in creative nonfiction — from memoir to lyricism, nature writing to travel writing…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan Meyers

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Start Date: 04/14/2020
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Susan Meyers

Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Online Class | Fiction III

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I and II. Students can expect advanced readings, regular workshops, and feedback from their classmates and instructor. This class takes place online through our partners at Wet Ink, and classes can…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 04/16/2020
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Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford’s novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, The Dismal Science, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer in residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA program.

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Online Class | Poetry I

Whether a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the basics of the workshop model. We’ll look to image, metaphor, sound, lineation,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 04/27/2020
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Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, the Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Peñaloza has been teaching since 2005.

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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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Online Class | Crafting Culinary Prose

All Levels | Are you an avid foodie who loves to write? Or are you looking to master senses-based, descriptive prose to better compliment your food photography skills? This ‘101’ course is for writers interested in becoming food critics and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rachel Werner

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Start Date: 05/06/2020
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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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Online Class | Building the Story

Introductory / Intermediate | MacDowell Fellow and Shirley Jackson Award-winning author Chavisa Woods will lead this generative writing workshop focused on writing with impact, creating tension, becoming aware of story structure, choosing a perspective, and equipping writers with new tools…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Chavisa Woods

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Start Date: 05/20/2020
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Chavisa Woods

Chavisa Woods is the author of 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism), Seven Stories Press, 2019; of which the New York Times said, “This book makes it’s case in stark, personal terms.”

Lambda Literary said, “I suspect this text will become a vital tool for teaching, reclaiming, and collectively mourning for years to come.”

Woods previous book, Things to Do when You’re Goth in the Country (short fiction collection, 225 pages) Seven Stories Press (Distributed by Random House) May, 2017; secured Woods the Shirley Jackson Award, The Cobalt Fiction Prize, the Kathy Acker Award in Writing, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

This book also received praise from actress Emma Roberts (American Horror Story/Scream Queens), and Booklist said of the collection, “This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices."

Woods other works include The Albino Album (novel, 600 pages) Seven Stories Press, March, 2013; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (short fiction collection, 200 pages) second edition release from Autonomedia/Umbearables, 2013, original publication by Fly by Night Press 2009.

A MacDowell Fellow, Woods’ fiction and nonfiction has received praise from The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, the Lambda Literary Review, The Riverfront Times, Pop Matters, and others.

Her fiction, poetry and essays have been featured in such publications as Tin House, Full Stop, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others.

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has presented lectures and conducted workshops on fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

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