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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 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 team or call us at 206.322.7030.

All classes are in Pacific Time. Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom. If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle. If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform. If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

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Fall Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

Scholarship Donation Day (by phone only): August 9
Member Registration: August 10
General Registration: August 17

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 August 9 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. 


Early Bird Pricing August 9 through August 23:

  • $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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Fiction I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Whether you’re looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce key elements of fiction: character, plot, voice, setting, and point of view. Through a combination of published examples, writing prompts, and feedback from both classmates and the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Peter Mountford

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Start Date: 11/08/2021
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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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Autopoiesis: A Poetry Workshop for Transracial Adoptees

All Levels | In this generative poetry workshop exclusively for transracial adoptees, we’ll explore taking ownership of our stories. Questions around belonging, familial history, and erasure are built into the adoptee experience. We will consider these questions through craft exercises…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Leah Silvieus & Tiana Nobile

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Start Date: 11/09/2021 - 6:00 pm PST
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Leah Silvieus & Tiana Nobile

Leah Silvieus was born in South Korea and adopted to the U.S. at three-months old. She grew up in small towns in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and western Colorado. She is the author of Anemochory (Hyacinth Girl Press), Season of Dares (Bull City Press), Arabilis (Sundress Publications) and co-editor with Lee Herrick of the poetry anthology, The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books). She is a recipient of awards and fellowships from Kundiman, The Academy of American Poets, and Fulbright and serves as a mentor on The Brooklyn Poets Bridge. A 2019-2020 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Fellow, Leah serves as a senior books editor at Hyphen magazine and an associate editor at Marginalia Review of Books. Her reviews and criticism have appeared in the Harvard Review Online, The Believer, and elsewhere.

She holds a BA from Whitworth University, an MFA from the University of Miami, and is currently an MAR candidate in Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School/Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to Yale, she spent several years traveling between New York and Florida as a yacht chief stewardess.

Tiana Nobile is a Korean American adoptee, Kundiman fellow, and recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. A finalist of the National Poetry Series and Kundiman Poetry Prize, she is the author of CLEAVE (Hub City Press, 2021). Her writing has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The New Republic, Guernica, Southern Cultures, and the Texas Review, among others. Tiana received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, MAT in Elementary and Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Poetry I (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Designed for any poet ready to take their poetry understanding to a new level, Poetry I will introduce or reintroduce you to poems from many different eras—we’ll read Walt Whitman, Robert Hayden, Natasha Trethewey, and Joy Harjo, among many others—while…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 11/10/2021

Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her poetry collection, Diagram of Parts, is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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Poetry I

Designed for any poet ready to take their poetry understanding to a new level, Poetry I will introduce or reintroduce you to poems from many different eras—we’ll read Walt Whitman, Robert Hayden, Natasha Trethewey, and Joy Harjo, among many others—while…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jeanine Walker

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Start Date: 11/10/2021 - 10:00 am PST

Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Her poetry collection, Diagram of Parts, is forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press. Her poems have appeared in Chattahoochee Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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Poetry Forms

All Levels | Audre Lorde said, “Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.” The prospect of crafting thoughtful, meaningful reflection on life can be daunting on a good day and is…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lydia K. Valentine

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Start Date: 11/11/2021 - 6:00 pm PST
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Lydia K. Valentine

Lydia K. Valentine is a playwright and poet, director and dramaturg, editor and educator. Her proudest accomplishment, though, is being a mom to two creative, intelligent, and caring individuals and activists. In her own writing and the projects to which she contributes through Lyderary Ink, Lydia seeks to amplify the voices of those who are often stifled, ignored, and marginalized in what has been the accepted narrative of the United States.

Lydia’s first poetry collection, Brief Black Candles, was published in November 2020 by Not a Pipe Publishing. Poems from the collection were recently showcased in the Eugene Contemporary Art exhibit, A Critical Conversation: Art, Race, Privilege, and Place (on view January 14 – March 21, 2021). Her writing has also appeared in online and print publications such as Speak, The Pitkin Review, and Shout! An Anthology of Resistance Poetry and Short Fiction. The upcoming anthology from Blue Cactus Press, We Need a Reckoning, takes its name from one of Lydia’s three poems that will be included. She has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions with the most recent being named the 2021-2021 City of Tacoma Poet Laureate. She was the 2017 poetry fellow serving Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas in San Pedro Sula, Honduras; recipient of the 2017 Goddard College Engaged Artist Award; and recipient of the 2021 Unsettling Dramaturgy Award.

Lydia is the resident dramaturg for empathos company and Toy Boat Theatre, and she maintains ongoing partnerships with The Mahogany Project, Pork Filled Productions, and We Out Here. She adapted and co-directed Ibsen’s A Doll’s House for Tacoma Little Theatre’s 100th Season and will be directing The Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge in 2022. She has been invited by various organizations (including the African-American Writers’ Alliance, Blue Cactus Press, Central Washington University, Creative Colloquy, the Hiatt Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat, and Write253) to speak and run workshops on topics such as equity and classroom management, social justice in the classroom, intersectionality and identity, poetry, and playwriting.

Lydia is a faculty member of Northwest Indian College and Seattle Girls’ School. She is also a highly sought after sensitivity/authenticity reader, developmental editor, and copyeditor and has worked on publications such as the social justice and literary arts magazine Speak, books such as Rough House by Tina Ontiversos, and various projects for companies such as Agate Publishing, Forest Avenue Press, McGraw Hill, and Pearson.

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Lyric Archiving

All Levels | Learn about lyric archiving! This generative class will feature a series of writing experiments, including mapping, dreamwork, drawing, and collage work. Writers from all genres are encouraged to attend.

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Ross Gay

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Start Date: 11/12/2021 - 10:00 am PST

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.

Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, "River." He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University.

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The Five Stages of Ecological Grief: A Poetry Workshop

Introductory | Elisabeth Kübler-Ross famously described the five stages of grief as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. More recently, the term ecological grief has been used to understand the loss humans experience as a result of ongoing, irreversible environmental…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Jessica Gigot

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Start Date: 11/13/2021 - 1:10 pm PST
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Jessica Gigot

Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, and teacher. She lives on a small, sheep farm in the Skagit Valley. Her first book of poems, Flood Patterns, was published by Antrim House Books in 2015 and her second book, Feeding Hour, was published November 2020 with Trail to Table Press, an imprint of Wandering Aengus Press. Jessica’s writing appears in several publications such as Orion, Taproot, Gastronomica, and Poetry Northwest and she is a poetry editor for The Hopper. Her memoir, A Little Bit of Land, will be published by Oregon State University Press in 2022.

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FREE Storytelling for People of Color

This class is dedicated to the role of storytelling in finding relief from distress. Students in this course will learn how storytelling can be used for personal and communal reclamation, including the confrontation of historical pain. Students will understand the…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Dr. Zain Shamoon

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Start Date: 11/14/2021 - 1:10 pm PST
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Dr. Zain Shamoon

Dr. Zain Shamoon completed his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies in Fall 2017 at Michigan State University. He also completed a Master's degree in Couple and Family therapy in 2011. He is dedicated to the creation of spaces where people can tell their personal stories on route to their own wellness. In his clinical work, he has served a range of clients, including those wrestling with high anxiety, relational conflict, and severe depression.

In March 2015, he helped launch the Narratives of Pain project, which is a group emotional outlet of personal narrative and catharsis based in Metro Detroit, and now Seattle. Currently, Zain is a professor of Couple and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle.

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Revision Strategies

Intermediate | Do you find yourself at a loss when revising your fiction, spending hours moving commas around while the larger edits evade you? Revising your writing can be an intimidating, overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be. In…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Cari Luna

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Start Date: 11/14/2021 - 10:00 am PST
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Cari Luna

Cari Luna is the author of The Revolution of Every Day, which won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. A fellow of Yaddo and Ragdale, her writing has appeared in The Nation, Guernica, Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, Catapult, PANK, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Roadmapping Your Memoir

All Levels | Develop a clear roadmap for your memoir in this generative workshop. Memoir author and writing coach Ingrid Ricks will help you hone in on your story, theme, and message, and teach you four compelling ways to structure…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 11/14/2021 - 10:00 am PST
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Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an NYT-bestselling author, writing coach, ghostwriter and speaker who is passionate about leveraging personal storytelling to foster healing, awareness, empathy and change. Her memoirs include Hippie Boy, A Girl's Story and Focus. Visit ingridricks.com.

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Writing Technology Into Fiction

All Levels | We live much of our lives on our devices, communicating with each other through Zoom, texts, emojis, GIFs, feeds, posts, apps, and videos, yet fiction is still figuring out how to represent these facets of our lives…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Carolyn Abram

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Start Date: 11/14/2021 - 10:00 am PST

Carolyn Abram

Carolyn Abram is a Seattle based writer. Her work tends to focus on the intersection of technology and everyday life. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications, including the New California Writing Anthology and The Offbeat. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Lilith. She is the author of eight editions of Facebook for Dummies. She holds degrees from Stanford and California College of the Arts.

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Poetry from Asian American Identity and Experience (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | Especially inviting people of Asian backgrounds, this class will focus on poetry by Asian American and Asian writers in the United States. We will engage with poetry and spoken word, considering themes of belonging and otherness, homeland…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Aimee Suzara

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Start Date: 11/16/2021

Aimee Suzara

Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer based in Oakland, CA whose mission is to create, and help others create, poetic and theatrical writing about race, gender and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014) was a Finalist for the WILLA Award 2015 and her plays A HISTORY OF THE BODY and TINY FIRES were Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2015 and 2016. A YBCAway awardee and Spirited Woman Fellow (AROHO), her theater and performance work has been presented nationally and staged at Berkeley Repertory Theater, CounterPULSE, the World Theater and Bindlestiff Studio and selected for PlayGround, United States of Asian America Festival, Emerging Performance Festival, The National One-Minute Play Festival, Utah Arts Festival, and APAture; she collaborated as a writer-performer with Deep Waters Dance Theater in 2007-2011 and with other groups such as the San Francisco State University University Dance Theater. She is a 4th season member of the Playground SF Writer's Pool at Berkeley Repertory Theater. An advocate for arts education, she has taught composition at Bay Area Colleges and Universities since 2006 and has offered workshops and coaching in creative writing since 2003. www.aimeesuzara.net

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Cutting Out the Fat with Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects

All Levels | The first novel by Gillian Flynn is all killer, no filler, a spooky tale of malice and redemption that doesn’t waste a word, a moment, or a scene. We’ll dive into Flynn’s narrative architecture, learning from how…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Michael Shilling

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Start Date: 11/18/2021 - 7:10 pm PST

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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Write Your Novel Now!

All Levels | Whether you’re just getting started or simply need a recharge, this intensive “boot camp” experience will give you the tools you need to start (and finish!) your novel. Through a study of professional examples, we’ll look at…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Susan V. Meyers

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Start Date: 11/20/2021 - 1:10 pm PST

Susan V. 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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Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | You know how to write. Now, how do you make a business out of your skills? How do you land your first clients? Set your rates? Create a steady stream of income? These are the questions Going…

Course Type: 12 Sessions  |   Instructor: Paulette Perhach

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Start Date: 11/20/2021

Paulette Perhach

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Elle, Vice, Slate, Inc., McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart, Vice, Yoga Journal, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, and The Stranger. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. In 2013, Hugo House selected her as a Made at Hugo House Fellow.

She received the 2016 BlogHer Voices of the Year award for her essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” which is anthologized in The Future is Feminist from Chronicle Books, along with work by Roxane Gay, Mindy Kaling, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caitlin Moran, and Audre Lorde.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she’s also won multiple Solas Awards for her travel writing.

In 2015 she created the Writer’s Welcome Kit, the online course sold through Hugo House, which includes a 55,000-word workbook, writer’s templates, and writer interviews. To date, more than 600 students have taken the course.

Her book, Welcome to the Writer's Life, was published by Sasquatch Books, part of the Penguin Random House publishing family, and was selected as one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers.

She blogs about everything a writer needs to thrive – craft, personal finance, business skills, and joy – at WelcomeToTheWritersLife.com. The site also offers a newsletter with a year of daily writing prompts.

She keeps a casual podcast about creativity and money called Can We Talk About Money?

Learn more and read her work at PaulettePerhach.com.

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