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

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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

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


Early Bird Pricing Dec. 2 through Dec. 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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Creative Storytelling through Songwriting

All Levels | Not so different from a poem or short narrative, songwriting is simply storytelling with a musical backdrop. Songs share intimate tales of heartbreak, joy, rage, triumph, and defeat; understanding how to write them adds a useful skill…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sassy Black

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Start Date: 02/10/2020 – 5:00 pm

Sassy Black

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, SassyBlack, who first started performing in clubs at 18, hit the public consciousness in 2008 with her hip-hop duo, THEESatisfaction, releasing two records on Sub Pop. Since, she has fostered a solo career, writing and producing all of her music and releasing 11 projects since 2015. With melodies often compared to Herbie Hancock and a voice often compared to Sarah Vaughan, Black has received acclaim from myriad publications, including Pitchfork, Noisey, Afropunk, SPIN, and Essence.

With the gravity of a celestial body the gods themselves would fawn over, the artist will release her next record, Ancient Mahogany Gold, fall of 2019. Black, who has shared stages with performers like Princess Nokia and Charles Bradley, has played popular summer festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party and SXSW. And along with her music, which has been featured on the Adult Swim compilation, LUXE, her acting prowess has been featured on the HBO series, Vinyl, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. In short, she’s a modern day creative oracle.

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Introduction to Playwriting

Introductory | Students will be introduced to playwriting; the main mechanics, concepts and theory behind a dramatic text; and the necessary tools to develop characters, conflicts, and engaging scenes for the stage. We will learn from great international playwrights (Harold…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ana Pastor

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Start Date: 02/20/2020 – 7:10 pm

Ana Pastor

A native of Barcelona, Ana Pastor studied European Theater, Playwriting and Literature. She wrote and directed "El Oyente" (2006), and a free adaptation of a Jean-Paul Sartre play (2010). Her short story "La noche del elefante" received the 2011 Fungible award. She is a translator and a Spanish language teacher, and writing fiction is her passion.

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Screenwriting Basics

Introductory | Screenwriting is a unique art form that demands a passionate understanding of its rules, conventions, and flexibilities. Over tree jam-packed hours, we’ll examine the essentials of the screenwriter’s art on the page and screen via a variety of…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Michael Shilling

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Start Date: 03/21/2020 – 1:00 pm

Michael Shilling

Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.

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