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Browse Fall & Winter Writing Classes!

Hugo House: Your best source for online writing classes in Seattle and around the world.

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

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Winter Registration Dates

All registrations open at 10:30 am

$500+ Donor Registration (by phone only): November 20
Member Registration: December 1
General Registration: December 8


Early Bird Pricing November 30 through December 14:

  • $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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Homecoming and Homegoing: Writing the Girl Protagonist

All Levels | In this class we’ll discuss and analyze clips from classic movies (The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz, Whale Rider, Crooklyn and The Secret Life of Bees) and books (Homegoing, The Color Purple, and Poet X) centered on…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anastacia-Renee

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Start Date: 01/06/2021 – 7:10 pm
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Anastacia-Renee

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the 2017-2019 Seattle Civic Poet and the 2015-2017 poet-in-residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a two-time Pushcart nominee and 2017 Artist of Year (Seattle). She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Black Ocean) 26 (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School, and Hypatia in the Woods. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in a TEDx talk; the anthologies Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, and Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, and many more. She teaches poetry and multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools.

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Friendship Over Time in Fiction

All Levels | Novels that trace the course of friendship over many years let us look closely at how writers create dynamic characters, complex relationships, and structures that allow the reader to experience the passage of time alongside the protagonists….

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 01/07/2021 – 5:00 pm
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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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Writing True Stories

All Levels | How does one go about rendering the life of another person? Where does the subject end and the writer begin? How do you trust your perspective on the subject you are writing about? And how do you…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Emily White

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Start Date: 01/07/2021 – 5:00 pm
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Emily White

Emily White has published two books of literary journalism: Fast Girls, Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut (Scribner 2002) and You Will Make Money in Your Sleep (Scribner 2007). The latter is a biography of a white collar criminal/friend which Kirkus called, “Riveting…A feverish recollection of boom times, paranoia, celebrity and greed.” She has published features in the New York Times Magazine, Seattle Met, The Stranger and many other venues, and her work has been optioned by Paramount, plagiarized by Law and Order (an honor), and lectured about in the Harvard-Berlin dialogues. As Senior Editor at The Poetry Foundation she helped launch the blog, “Harriett,” and build the feature well. She was an early writer-in-residence at Hugo House, teaching courses in fiction and nonfiction and putting on events. For fifteen years she’s been part of the core faculty of Queens University’s low-residency MFA program. She lives in Seattle with her 15-year-old daughter who is rapidly becoming her role model.

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Writing Historical Fiction

All Levels | Is there a historical figure or event that interests you? A story in your family’s past that’s begging to be told? In this class, we’ll explore research strategies, hone our craft with writing exercises, share our work…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Elise Hooper

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Start Date: 01/07/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Elise Hooper

Elise Hooper is the author of three novels including The Other Alcott, Learning to See, and Fast Girls (coming July 2020). She has an MA in Teaching and has taught literature, history, and writing to teenagers and adults throughout the Puget Sound.

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Introduction to Medical Narratives (ASYNCHRONOUS)

All Levels | Medical narratives—what are they? How do you know if you’re writing one? We will explore the foundations of this increasingly popular nonfiction subgenre, which focuses on stories of illness, disability, or any other “non-normative” condition. Using the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Emily Rapp Black

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Start Date: 01/08/2021
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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 Ten-Minute Write

All Levels | Work, family, the news, that new Netflix series . . . who has time to write? We all do. Because everyone has ten minutes. Together, we’ll work within the miniature-but-mighty time frame of the ten-minute write. We’ll…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Anna Vodicka

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Start Date: 01/09/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Anna Vodicka

Anna Vodicka's essays have appeared in AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, Longreads, McSweeneys' Internet Tendency, Paste, and Best Women's Travel Writing 2017. She has had residency fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook.

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Voice Lessons

All Levels | “In our marginal existence, what else is there but this voice within us, this great weirdness we are always leaning forward to listen to?” Mary Ruefle In writing, voice is a combination of your experiences, obsessions, heartbreaks,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Laura Scott

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Start Date: 01/09/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Laura Scott

Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared publications including Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House online, and Notre Dame Review. She served as senior associate editor for the oral history Lavil: Life, Love and Death in Port-au-Prince. She’s a MacDowell Colony fellow.

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Finding the Power in Your Piece

All Levels | Have you been working on a short piece that you can’t seem to find the center of? Have a stash of fragments that need a through-line to hang together? In this class, we will cut the editing…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Jordan Alam

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Start Date: 01/09/2021 – 10:00 am
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Jordan Alam

Jordan Alam is a queer Bangladeshi-American writer, performer, and social change educator based out of Seattle. Their work engages with moments of rupture and transformation in the lives of people on the margins. Jordan has performed on stage and facilitated workshops nationwide, most recently at Town Hall Seattle. Their short stories and articles have been published in The Atlantic, CultureStrike Magazine, The Rumpus, and AAWW’s The Margins among others. They are currently writing a debut novel which explores intergenerational trauma, Bengali folklore, and borders – both literal and metaphorical. Learn more about their work at their website: www.jordanalam.com.

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Playwriting: Creating Big, Beautiful Worlds

All Levels | Build the world of your play by establishing its rules, interrogating theatricality, creating compelling characters, and identifying what drives you to share this story with an audience. Each week, we’ll read and discuss one opening scene by…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Danielle Mohlman

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Start Date: 01/09/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a nationally produced playwright based in Seattle, WA. Her plays have been developed at Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Cygnet Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Field Trip Theatre, Umbrella Project, Youth Theatre Northwest, The Scratch & Really Really Theatre Group, and Seattle Public Theater, among others. Danielle is an alumna of Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and the Umbrella Project Writers Group. She is a proud graduate of both Cal Poly Pomona and Emerson College. She is currently developing multiple projects for theatre, film, and audio.

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Plot or Not

All Levels | Is it a juicy plot that keeps pages turning, or something else? We’ll read stories and craft essays that examine the nature of plot, tension, pacing, and structure; complete generative exercises and collaborative projects; and workshop the…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Tara Atkinson

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Start Date: 01/09/2021 – 10:00 am
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Tara Atkinson

Tara Atkinson is the author of two books– Bedtime Stories (alice blue books) and Boyfriends (Instant Future). Her work has appeared in Hobart, City Arts Magazine, Fanzine, HTML Giant, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She co-founded the independent literature festival, APRIL, and served as Managing Director from 2011 to 2016. She holds a BA in English from The University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

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Why Do You Write? Crafting an Artistic Intention

All Levels | Are you just starting out or coming back to writing in the middle of a project? We will read and write declarations of intention and craft, an “energy blueprint” document that you can read again and again…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Emily Rapp Black

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Start Date: 01/09/2021 – 10:00 am
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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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Wounded Little Liars

All Levels | These people in your stories… Who hurt them? Who loved them once and left them? What are your characters doing to their world and themselves because of their wounds? In this one-day deep-dive into your characters’ truths…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sonora Jha

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Start Date: 01/10/2021 – 10:00 am
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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign, published in 2013 by Random House India. She is a professor of journalism and media studies at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays and op-eds have been published in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and the Globalist. Sonora was the 2016–2018 Hugo House prose writer-in-residence. Her new book, How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family will be out from Sasquatch Books in April 2021.

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Quick, Be Funny: A Humor-Writing Workshop

All Levels | Back by popular demand, this workshop is based on a one-day humor class we’ve offered before. In this eight-week class, each student will produce a first draft of their own humor writing, and will receive feedback on…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

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Start Date: 01/10/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Christopher Frizzelle

Christopher Frizzelle is a writer, teacher, and former editor-in-chief of The Stranger, where a story he edited won a Pulitzer Prize. He is co-author of the book How to Be a Person, and the founder and host of the Silent Reading Party, which has been written about by the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and Poets & Writers. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bennington College, and he lives in Seattle.

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Psychology for Writers

All Levels | If you’re yearning to expand beyond merely competent poetic verse, formulaic essays, and mediocre storytelling lacking the sparks of resonant meaning, this course will give you an array of new tools to develop, hone, and cultivate psychological…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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Start Date: 01/10/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author or editor of thirteen books. Born and raised in Seattle, he's on the English faculty at Seattle University.

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Reading & Writing with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Poetry Series

All Levels | In partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, join curator and SAL Poetry Series host Rebecca Hoogs for a deep dive into the 2021 Poetry Series, featuring Maggie Smith, Toi Derricotte, Douglas Kearney, Natalie Diaz, Alberto Ríos, and…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Rebecca Hoogs

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Start Date: 01/10/2021 – 10:00 am
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Rebecca Hoogs

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage and a chapbook, Grenade. She is the Associate Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures and occasionally teaches in the summer Creative Writing in Rome program for the UW.

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