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

For more information on the schedule, scholarships, the various formats of our writing classes, and cancellation policies, check out our About page. Or, go meet our talented instructors.

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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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Henry James and Sally Rooney

All Levels | “Chief on my list for the last few years has been Henry James. I feel extraordinarily connected to his novels, like my whole life is there.” So says Sally Rooney, the young and celebrated Irish novelist. In…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 02/22/2020 – 1:00 pm

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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Becoming American: Journeys to and in America

All Levels | For centuries, the American promise of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness has fueled the imaginations of oppressed and hopeful populations worldwide. And while this experience can neither be easily attained nor defined, a steady stream…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Annie Nguyen

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Start Date: 04/02/2020 – 10:00 am
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Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen was born and raised in
Mobile, Alabama, as the daughter of refugees.
She completed a Fulbright in Vietnam and an
MFA in creative nonfiction at the University
of Montana. She is a professor at the University
of Washington-Tacoma.

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brody by Muriel Spark

All Levels | A captivating story of betrayal, Muriel Spark’s 1961 novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a deceptively slim book that packs a punch. Time magazine and the Modern Library rank it as one of the 100…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

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Start Date: 04/07/2020 – 7:10 pm
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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is the editor of the print edition of The Stranger, where he’s worked since 2003. He edited a feature story that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He is the co-author of How to Be a Person, with Dan Savage and Lindy West. He is also the inventor and host of the silent-reading party, which happens monthly at the Sorrento Hotel and has been replicated in cities around the world. Find him on Twitter @thefrizzelle.

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Perspectives on the Body: Proximal and Distal

All Levels | Is the body a source of pleasure or pain, connection or disconnection? In this reading series, we will explore various ways that the body is rendered: self and other, broken and annealed, healthy and diseased, passionate and…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Stephanie Cooper, MD

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Start Date: 04/09/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Stephanie Cooper, MD

Stephanie Cooper, MD is an emergency
medicine physician with Kaiser Permanente.
A former journalist and graduate of Columbia
University’s master’s in narrative medicine,
she has taught reflective writing courses for
patients and narrative medicine courses for
medical students, residents, and faculty.

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