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Browse Fall & Winter 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.

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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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Roadmapping Your Memoir

Introductory | 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 your…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Ingrid Ricks

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Start Date: 01/10/2021 – 10:00 am
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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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Getting Inside Your Character’s Head

All Levels | This fiction workshop will focus on techniques to help you get your characters’ rich inner lives on the page. We’ll use in-class writing activities and close readings of masters of interiority like Lydia Davis, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Ocean Vuong…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

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Start Date: 01/12/2021 – 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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Intro to Writing Memoir: Part II* Developing Your Stories

Introductory | This course will focus on ways you can take your story starts and turn them into something complete. We will focus on scene development, transitions, developing themes as well as tricks and tips for growing your ideas. *…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 01/12/2021 – 5:00 pm
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Theo Nestor

Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008). Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006.

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The Hardest Parts

All Levels | Beginnings and endings — in novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs — are hard. An arresting beginning is your one chance to capture a reader, and a just-right ending sends a reader back into the world forever…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Joe Wilkins

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Start Date: 01/13/2021 – 1:10 pm
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Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of the novel,
Fall Back Down When I Die (Little Brown),
a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers
(Counterpoint), and three poetry collections,
most recently When We Were Birds, winner
of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.
He directs the creative program at Linfield
College.

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Shapeshifting: Reading and Writing the Mixed Race Experience

All Levels | As multiracial people, it is often hard to know where we belong. In conversations around race, our perspectives often get overlooked or we may feel pressure to simplify our experiences. This class will hold space for mixed-race…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 01/13/2021 – 5:00 pm
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Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor’s essays have appeared in Longreads, The New England Review, Entropy, Fourth Genre, Normal School, Vela Magazine, Literary Mama, The International Examiner, and more. She has been awarded grants and residencies from Seventh Wave, Hedgebrook, Jack Straw, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Her memoir, Heart Radical, is forthcoming in 2021.

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On Reading a Tree

All Levels | Trees are an iconic symbol of the Northwest; some varieties may live well into the thousand-year range, yet they are static beings, their point of view rooted to a particular location. What do they see over their…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Claudia Castro Luna

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Start Date: 01/14/2021 – 5:00 pm
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Claudia Castro Luna

Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2021), and she served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet (2015-2017). The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship, she is the author of Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press, 2017), Finalist for the Washington State Book Award 2018; This City (Floating Bridge Press); and One River, a Thousand Voices. Born in El Salvador, she came to the United States in 1981. Her non-fiction has appeared in the anthologies This is the Place (Seal Press) and Vanishing Points: Contemporary Salvadoran Narrative (Kalina Eds).

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Fiction II

This class will build upon craft learned in Fiction I. We’ll review the basics of character, conflict, and plot, then focus on craft elements including point of view, setting, scene, pacing, and dialogue. Students will read published stories weekly, do…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Alma García

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Start Date: 01/14/2021 – 7:10 pm
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Alma García

Alma García's short fiction has been published as award-winning in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and is forthcoming in Enizagam and in the anthology Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador).

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Becoming American: Our Journey and What Being American Means

Introductory | What does it mean to be or become American? We’ll read immigrant and refugee writers who examine this question through personal narrative and experimental nonfiction. Using their insights and writing styles as inspiration, students will tap into their…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Annie Nguyen

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Start Date: 01/14/2021 – 10:00 am
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Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen was born and raised in
Mobile, Alabama, as the daughter of refugees.
She completed a Fulbright in Vietnam and an
MFA in creative nonfiction at the University
of Montana. She is a professor at the University
of Washington-Tacoma.

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Dorothy Parker’s Antiracism

All Levels | One of the most celebrated humorists of the 20th century, Dorothy Parker is famous for her mordant wit and cunning poetry. But her genius is also expressed in her short fiction — which has a stronger moral…

Course Type: 3 Sessions  |   Instructor: Christopher Frizzelle

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Start Date: 01/16/2021 – 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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Televisionary

All Levels | This intimate, intensive, hands-on course is perfect for both new and working writers who want to elevate their scripts by learning the fundamental elements of TV script writing with Script Anatomy’s unique tools. You may choose to…

Course Type: 5 Sessions  |   Instructor: Zach Ayers

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Start Date: 01/16/2021 – 10:00 am
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Zach Ayers

Zach Ayers is a writer and producer whose TV credits include AMERICAN SOUL (BET), SIREN (Freeform), STATE OF AFFAIRS (NBC) and A.N.T. FARM (Disney). He’s also sold and developed several projects across genres, including the drama SNOWBLIND (Sony), the comedy NEED TO KNOW (WBTV/CBS) and the dramatic podcast THE MINE (Sony). Before moving to Los Angeles, Zach’s previous career was as a writer/director of top-secret training films at the Central Intelligence Agency, which is an actual job he actually held in the actual U.S. Government. Zach is an alumnus of the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, Second City and Ithaca College. He grew up in rural Alaska and suburban Seattle, and has now settled down as a city kid on the eastside of Los Angeles.

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The Fire That Does Not Burn: Writing with Shiva

All Levels | “Atop the snow-capped mountain, skull in hand … destroying the world with his indifference.” Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, has fascinated generations of writers because he straddles so many divides — ascetic and householder, spiritualist and…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Shankar Narayan

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Start Date: 01/16/2021 – 10:00 am
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Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.

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Launch Your Longform Journalism Project

Intermediate | Great long-form journalism is critical to our understanding of the world. But how do we transform the facts into riveting stories? In this class, we’ll dissect masterful pieces by the likes of Joan Didion, David Grann, and Linda…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Elisabeth Eaves

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Start Date: 01/17/2021 – 10:00 am
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Elisabeth Eaves

Elisabeth Eaves is the author of Wanderlust: A love affair with five continents and Bare: the naked truth about stripping. Her work has been anthologized in This is the Place (2017), The Best Women’s Travel Writing (2010), Lonely Planet’s A Moveable Feast (2010), and The Best American Travel Writing (2009). She has won three Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. A contributing editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, her feature writing has appeared in The New Yorker online, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes, Marie Claire, Slate, and many other publications.

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Writing Fiction That Dares

Intermediate | Are your characters taking risks? Does your plot hold your reader’s heart? Does your dialogue sing? Do your scenes waltz along the page? Over these eight weeks, we will get into the nuts and bolts of what makes…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Sonora Jha

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Start Date: 01/19/2021 – 7:10 pm
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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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Creative Nonfiction II

This class will build on craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I with a focus on structure and form. We will investigate both traditional and nontraditional forms, including memoir, the lyric essay, and the hermit crab essay, as well as the…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 01/19/2021 – 7:10 pm
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Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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Creative Nonfiction II (ASYNCHRONOUS)

This class will build on craft learned in Creative Nonfiction I with a focus on structure and form. We will investigate both traditional and nontraditional forms, including memoir, the lyric essay, and the hermit crab essay, as well as the…

Course Type: 8 Sessions  |   Instructor: Nicole Hardy

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Start Date: 01/19/2021
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Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl's XX Guide to Facial Profiling — a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets.

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