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Class Catalog

Browse Spring & Summer Writing Classes!

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 new 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 registrar or call us at 206.322.7030.

All classes are in Pacific Time. All classes will take place on Zoom or our asynchronous learning platform, Wet Ink, through Summer quarter 2021.

If you would like to receive our quarterly catalogs in the mail, please contact us.


Summer Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): May 17
Member Registration: May 18
General Registration: May 25

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 May 17 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. Donors who gave $250 or more during GiveBIG 2021 can register on this day.


Early Bird Pricing May 17 through May 31:

  • $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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Living Nations, Living Words

Class Update: This class has been moved to 6/5. It will now take place only one day. This has been updated from the print catalog. All Levels | This class will travel the pathways of Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s project…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Laura Da'

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Start Date: 06/05/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Laura Da'

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. Her newest book is Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

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Reading Poetry, Writing Prose

All Levels | What can prose writers learn from close readings of poetry? In this reading-focused course, we’ll take an in-depth look at work by six poets, including Layli Long Soldier, Wanda Coleman, and Anne Carson, and explore how their…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 06/28/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
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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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Gabriel García Márquez (EN ESPAÑOL)

Este curso se enfoca en Gabriel García Márquez, uno de los mejores escritores del siglo XX. Basados en sus trabajos, nos centraremos en cómo encontrar una historia, la elección del momento adecuado para comenzar, cómo aprovechar el punto de vista,…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Margarita Borrero

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Start Date: 07/24/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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Margarita Borrero

Doctora en literatura europea, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain

Margarita Borrero es novelista, premiada y publicada en España, y escritora de relatos, género en el que ha ganado media docena de primeros lugares en distintos certámenes en España, Estados Unidos y Canadá. Durante más de una década se ha desempeñado como docente de Escuela de escritores, una de las instituciones privadas de escritura creativa más grandes del mundo hispanohablante, miembro de la Asociación Europea de programas de escritura creativa. También ha trabajado como profesora asociada en Mount Saint Mary University, en Los Ángeles.

PhD European Literature, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain

Margarita Borrero is an award-winning novelist from Colombia. She has received numerous short story awards in Spain, Canada and the United States. She teaches at Madrid’s Escuela de Escritores, one of the top private creative writing institutions of the Hispanic world and a member of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs. She has also worked as an associate professor at Mount Saint Mary University in Los Angeles.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

All Levels | We’ll discuss this groundbreaking memoir, which details the author’s life as a neurosurgeon and his fight against advanced lung cancer, and grapples with the question What makes a life worth living? We will discuss the craft elements…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Emily Rapp Black

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Start Date: 07/25/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
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Emily Rapp Black

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), a New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University, where she was the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, the New York Times, Die Zeit, The Times-London, Sunday Independent (UK), the Sydney Herald, Lenny Letter, Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Sun, TIME, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Redbook, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications and anthologies. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and frequently publishes scholarly work in the fields of disability studies, bioethics, and theological studies. She has taught literature and writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles, The University of New Mexico, where she was the Joseph M. Russo Endowed Chair of Creative Writing, UCLA, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, 24PearlStreet, and the UCR-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Writing and the Performing Arts. She is active in medical advocacy groups dedicated to changing socio-cultural discussions around palliative/hospice/end of life care and quality of life health care decisions. She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches medical narratives in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a founding member of Zoeglossia, a literary organization dedicated to creating inclusive spaces for poets with disabilities, as well as a mentor in the Along the Chaparral Project for Veterans at UCR. She regularly collaborates with visual artist Carrie Scanga; their most recent collaboration is an interactive, traveling art installation inspired by Rapp Black’s forthcoming book, Sanctuary. She was recently named the nonfiction editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book that explores art and disability through the life of Frida Kahlo is forthcoming from Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books in 2021. She is the mother of two children: Ronan (2010-2013), and Charlotte (age 6).

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The Craft of Toni Morrison in Beloved

All Levels | One of the most celebrated writers in American English, Toni Morrison creates masterful and complicated narrative structures and employs neologisms to convey unspeakable things often left unspoken. We’ll look at the structure of Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved (1987)—a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Michele L. Simms-Burton

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Start Date: 07/25/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Michele L. Simms-Burton

Michele L. Simms-Burton, Ph.D. is a writer, instructional systems designer, scholar of African American and Africana studies, and a former tenured and university professor. She has held appointments as a professor at the University of Michigan, University of Rochester, Howard University, the University of Maryland University College, the George Washington University, and George Mason University. She also served as the Academic Dean for the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University. Her publications include flash guides, essays, book reviews, short stories, and poetry appearing in The Crisis Magazine, African Voices, DownBeat, DC Metro Theater Arts, For Harriet, Medium, Callisto Media, Joint Literary Studies, The Chronicles of Higher Education, The San Francisco Chronicle, the American Studies Journal of Turkey, the Hemingway Review, Callaloo, the Detroit Free Press, and the Detroit Women’s Voices, to name a few. She has served as a ghostwriter for various media outlets and individuals. She was the founding secretary-treasurer of the Toni Morrison Society and has co-chaired the Committee on Language and Literatures of People of Color in the Americas at the Modern Language Association (MLA). She has been a researcher and consultant on various film projects about African American culture, with her most recent contribution being a documentary about Sammy Davis Jr. to be aired on the American Masters program on PBS. She is also a radio commentator on “The Margins” hosted by E. Ethelbert Miller on WPFW in Washington, DC. She lectures on African American studies in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Her current writing projects are a novel about the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and collection of short stories that unveils the suppressed, ignored, or silenced voices of historical Black women and girls.

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