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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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Entrances: Titles & First Lines

All Levels | A good title and a strong first line determine whether your reader will continue reading or move on to another poem. An unforgettable first line changes the whole tenor of your poem, but they are notoriously hard…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sara Brickman

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Start Date: 10/09/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT
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Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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Telling the Whole Story: Leaving Isn’t The Hardest Thing by Lauren Hough

All Levels | Come discuss Lauren Hough’s acclaimed memoir about growing up in a doomsday cult, being discharged from the military for being gay, and surviving on the margins. We’ll examine how her unflinching self-portrayals and sharp structural choices knit…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer

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Start Date: 10/09/2021 - 12:00 pm PDT

Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown Spark), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice/Staff Pick and the November 2020 Group Text Pick. Named one of O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020, Lightning Flowers was also shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, named one of Kirkus's Best 100 Nonfiction Books of 2020, and featured in People Magazine, on NPR's Fresh Air, and the goop podcast. Her previous writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. She was a 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge, a 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, and a 2018 writer-in-residence at Jentel Arts. Standefer earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA. As a trauma writing doula, she helps writers birth difficult and important stories of the body. She lives on a piñon- and juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.

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Brilliant Openings: How to Grab Agents & Editors on Page One

All Levels | Writing’s all fun and games until the rejections start piling up. In this intensive (though informal) workshop, we’ll aim to make sure your stories or essays draw the reader in, rather than leaving them in the dark….

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 10/11/2021 - 6:00 pm PDT

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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Book Lab

Applications for this class are due Sep. 28 and will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Book Lab is a year-long intensive class for writers seeking to revise, restructure, rethink, and finalize a book-length manuscript. Students form…

Course Type: Yearlong  |   Instructor: Tara Conklin

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Start Date: 10/12/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT
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Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the author of The House
Girl (William Morrow, 2013) and The
Last Romantics (William Morrow, 2019),
both New York Times bestsellers. The Last
Romantics was a Barnes & Noble Book Club
Pick, IndieNext Pick, and was selected by
Jenna Bush Hager as the inaugural read for
The Today Show Book Club.

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Foiling the Marriage Plot

All Levels | From Gone with the Wind to Gone Girl; from Madame Bovary to Fifty Shades of Grey; and from Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary to Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, writers have perpetuated and interrogated the marriage plot. In…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Levy

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Start Date: 10/12/2021 - 12:30 pm PDT

Lisa Levy

Lisa Levy is a writer, essayist, and critic. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New Republic, the LARB, the Believer, the Millions, the Rumpus, TLS, the CBC, and Lit Hub, where she is a contributing editor. She is also a columnist and contributing editor to Crime Reads. She has an essay in the collection Talking About Pauline Kael and one in the anthology Dating & Sex: The Theory of Mutual Self-Destruction. Lisa has taught at Writers Workshop Dallas, Grub Street, the Loft, and Sackett Street Writers Workshop. She is working on a collection of linked essays about chronic illness and cultural ideas about life narrative, progressive time, and futurity, as well as a critical study about women and crime fiction.

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Discovering Your Story: Writing Creative Nonfiction for Womxn of Color

All Levels | This workshop is for womxn of color who desire to tap into their most personal questions, persistent memories, and meaningful stories through freewriting exercises and discussions of readings that highlight diverse voices. We will also examine the…

Course Type: 10 Sessions  |   Instructor: Anne Liu Kellor

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Start Date: 10/13/2021 - 5:00 pm PDT
2 seats available

Anne Liu Kellor

Anne Liu Kellor is a mixed-race Chinese American writer based in Seattle. Her memoir, Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging, traces her migrations between China and America in her twenties, and will be published in September of 2021. Anne is the recipient of fellowships from Hedgebrook, Seventh Wave, Jack Straw Writers Program, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Longreads, Fourth Genre, Witness, New England Review, Seventh Wave, Entropy, The Normal School, Literary Mama, and many more. Anne works as an editor, creativity coach, and workshop facilitator across the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at www.anneliukellor.com

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Outmaneuvering Distraction

All Levels | Every writer must deal with distraction. Even Michel de Montaigne, who could retreat to his private turret to write, complained that the affairs of his estate chipped away at his concentration. In this class, we will acknowledge…

Course Type: 2 Sessions  |   Instructor: Bonnie J. Rough

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Start Date: 10/13/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Bonnie J. Rough

Bonnie J. Rough is an award-wining author, essayist, and journalist who loves the writing classroom, whether as student, mentor, or both at once. Her latest book is Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality (Seal Press 2018). She has written recently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Washington Post, Slate, and many other outlets. Her previous two books, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (winner of a Minnesota Book Award) and The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia (named one of Amazon's Best Kindle Singles), are literary memoirs. Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has taught in various writing programs including the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as faculty for the Ashland University low-residency MFA program. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, with her creative work appearing in anthologies and publications including the Best American series, Modern Love, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child, the Seattle Review of Books, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines.

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Writing about Plastic

All Levels | Plastic is everywhere. In this class, we’ll read about the ubiquitous polymeric material and its composition, histories, economies, and geographies. We’ll read fiction and creative nonfiction grappling with the meaning and afterlife of plastics. In the first…

Course Type: 4 Sessions  |   Instructor: Monika Sengul-Jones

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Start Date: 10/13/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

Monika Sengul-Jones

Monika Sengul-Jones (she/her), PhD, is an independent writer and scholar based in Seattle, WA, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. She has a doctorate in Communication and Science & Technology Studies and an MA in Gender Studies. She has taught at University of Washington, UC San Diego, and Central European University; she was the inaugural co-managing editor of Catalyst, a feminist technoscience journal. Her research and original reporting on technologies, civic media, and intersectional feminism have been supported by Art+Feminism, European Journalism Centre, OCLC, Knight Foundation, WikiCred, and Wikimedia Foundation. She is at work on a debut novel that takes on the geographies of pollution and inheritance of trauma. As an instructor, she encourages students to take risks by listening, following ideas, and naming the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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Poetry Revision Intensive

Intermediate | Writing is revising, we say. But often we take a first draft, in whatever form it arrives, and chip away at it until it looks something like a poem. Yet revision has the potential to be a much…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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Start Date: 10/14/2021 - 6:30 pm PDT
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Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals including Plume, Zyzzyva, and Kenyon Review and anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She holds a BA in contemporary American literature from Yale University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, where she was a Javits Fellow. Lisa lives in Portland, OR, where she reads, writes, edits, parents, and cohosts the literary reading series Lilla Lit. (lisagluskinstonestreet.com)

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Endings and Beginnings: The Craft of Story

All Levels | Master storytellers know how to draw the reader in and how to inspire and astonish us with the ending. In this workshop, we will read a range of writers (Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Karen Joy Fowler, Angela…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Radhika Sharma

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Start Date: 10/14/2021 - 12:30 pm PDT

Radhika Sharma

Radhika Sharma is the author of Parikrama: A collection of short stories and Mangoes for Monkeys: a novel. Radhika received her MFA from the San Francisco State University. Her byline has appeared in several newspapers and magazines including The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, India Currents, Tri City Voice and others. She is currently at work on a novel and a collection of essays.

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FREE The BIPOC Writer’s Toolkit: Market Your Work with Content Strategy

This is a free course for writers who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). Do you sell or share your creative work online? Is your content achieving your desired results? Content strategy is the ongoing process of reaching…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: D.A. Navoti

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Start Date: 10/16/2021 - 10:00 am PDT
This class is full

D.A. Navoti

D.A. Navoti (he/him/his) created Wellness-ish-ness, a blog for creative hot messes because he's a hell of a hot mess. Navoti also writes creative nonfiction and poetic prose. His work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere.

He's a CityArtist 2020 recipient from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and a former fellow at Hugo House & Jack Straw Cultural Center. He received residencies from The Seventh Wave & Gullkistan: Center for Creativity, and holds an M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Arizona State. He's also co-founder of Fight For Our Lives, a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics.

He grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and is a member of the Gila River Indian Community, a descendant of O'otham (Salt & Gila Rivers), Hopi, Zuni, and Yavapai-Apache tribes. Born Daniel Napelee Jr., D.A. are initials to honor his late father, and 'Navoti' honors his Hopi mother. D.A. lives and writes in Seattle, WA.

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Setting as Character in Middle Grade/Young Adult

Intermediate | A well-developed setting transports a young reader firmly into another world. We’ll analyze strong settings from recent MG/YA novels, seeing how place can comfort and/or challenge the main character and deepen inner growth. For in-class writing exercises, we’ll…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Amanda Hosch

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Start Date: 10/17/2021 - 1:10 pm PDT

Amanda Hosch

Amanda Hosch (she/her) is the author of the middle grade mystery, MABEL OPAL PEAR AND THE RULES FOR SPYING. An English as a Second/Foreign Language teacher by profession, she taught abroad for almost a decade. A fifth generation New Orleanian, Amanda now lives in Seattle with her family, two rescue cats, and a ghost cat. Currently, she writes copy for tech companies and volunteers with refugees as ESL Talk Time Facilitator.

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Constructing Connections

All Levels | “Only connect,” wrote E.M. Forster. But how? We will examine writing techniques that connect reader to writer, idea to idea, emotion to experience, and more. The focus will be on sentences and paragraphs; after analyzing how a…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Geraldine Woods

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Start Date: 10/17/2021 - 10:00 am PDT

Geraldine Woods

I’m the author of a stack of grammar books (English Grammar For Dummies, Webster’s New World Punctuation: Simplified and Applied, and more) and an educator with four decades of experience teaching every level of English from 5th grade through AP. My most recent books, 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way (Norton, 2020) and Sentence. A Period-to-Period Guide to Building Better Readers and Writers (Norton, 2021), explore the techniques authors use to make their writing more effective. My only remotely cool moment came when I was interviewed by a reporter from MTV about the decision by “Panic! At the Disco” to drop their exclamation point.

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Where Your Story Starts: Doubt & Disequilibrium

All Levels | Too often in our lives (off the page and on) we seek refuge in a sense of assurance and psychological stability. But our most intense and lasting experiences are ones that involve doubt and disequilibrium. So what…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Steve Almond

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Start Date: 10/18/2021 - 6:00 pm PDT

Steve Almond

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His novel All the Secrets of the World, will be published in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. His essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Almond teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and Wesleyan University, and lives outside Boston with his wife, three children, and considerable anxiety.

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Writing About Death

All Levels | All humans die. To focus on this fundamental truth can be macabre — yet death exists hand in hand with some of our most powerful, precious, and beautiful experiences. In this six-week class, we’ll explore the craft…

Course Type: 6 Sessions  |   Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer

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Start Date: 10/18/2021 - 7:10 pm PDT

Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown Spark), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice/Staff Pick and the November 2020 Group Text Pick. Named one of O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020, Lightning Flowers was also shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, named one of Kirkus's Best 100 Nonfiction Books of 2020, and featured in People Magazine, on NPR's Fresh Air, and the goop podcast. Her previous writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. She was a 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge, a 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, and a 2018 writer-in-residence at Jentel Arts. Standefer earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona and teaches for Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA. As a trauma writing doula, she helps writers birth difficult and important stories of the body. She lives on a piñon- and juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.

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