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Browse Fall 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, for the remainder of 2020.

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Fall Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): August 17
Member Registration: August 18
General Registration: August 25


Early Bird Pricing August 17 through August 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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Writing the Novel-in-Verse

Introductory/Intermediate | Verse novels combine the opportunities of poetry with the narrative arc and character development of novels. The inviting rhythms and white space on the page are particularly appealing to younger or reluctant readers. Explore what makes a story…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joy McCullough-Carranza

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Start Date: 10/12/2020 – 5:00 pm
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Joy McCullough-Carranza

Joy McCullough’s debut young adult novel Blood Water Paint has earned honors including the National Book Award longlist, finalist for the ALA Morris Award, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and four starred reviews. In 2020, her middle grade novel A Field Guide to Getting Lost releases from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, and a second young adult novel from Dutton/Penguin is also forthcoming. She has twice been a finalist for the Times of London’s International Children’s Fiction prize.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s theater school, Joy’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, and New York. In the Seattle area, her work has been developed and produced at Macha Theater Works, FringeACT, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Mirror Stage Company, Live Girls, the Mae West Fest, and 14/48. She has taught playwriting for Seattle’s ACT and in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre.

She lives in the Seattle area with her Guatemalan husband, two homeschooled children, and a very sweet Australian shepherd.

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Kid Lit Publishing 101

Introductory | So you’re writing a novel for kids or teens. Whether this is your first foray into novel writing, or you’re already familiar with adult publishing, you need to understand how the world of kid lit publishing is unique….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Joy McCullough-Carranza

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Start Date: 11/14/2020 – 10:00 am

Joy McCullough-Carranza

Joy McCullough’s debut young adult novel Blood Water Paint has earned honors including the National Book Award longlist, finalist for the ALA Morris Award, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and four starred reviews. In 2020, her middle grade novel A Field Guide to Getting Lost releases from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, and a second young adult novel from Dutton/Penguin is also forthcoming. She has twice been a finalist for the Times of London’s International Children’s Fiction prize.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s theater school, Joy’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, and New York. In the Seattle area, her work has been developed and produced at Macha Theater Works, FringeACT, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Mirror Stage Company, Live Girls, the Mae West Fest, and 14/48. She has taught playwriting for Seattle’s ACT and in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre.

She lives in the Seattle area with her Guatemalan husband, two homeschooled children, and a very sweet Australian shepherd.

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