Write-O-Rama is your chance to try out several workshops offered by Hugo House teachers all in one writing-packed day.

Sample Hugo House classes, meet our teachers, and try out genres and topics outside your purview without the pressure of registering for a full class.

Write-O-Rama happens twice a year—once in the summer and again in the winter.

The next Write-O-Rama is on Sunday, July 12, 2020.


  • $60 gives you entry to Write-O-Rama and five workshops of your choice.
  • $100 gives you entry plus a discounted Hugo House membership, which is good for one year of early registration, class and event discounts, discounts at local bookstores, and other great benefits.
  • $150 gives you all of the above, plus a three-month Libro.fm membership, which includes 3 audiobook credits to use on over 150,000 audiobooks. You’ll also enjoy 30% off all additional audiobook purchases during the membership.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Event Overview

This summer’s Write-O-Rama will be held via Zoom. The first class begins at 1 p.m. There are four class choices per 50-minute session. Choose your favorite, head to the virtual room in which it’s held, and the instructor will give a brief talk on the topic followed by a writing prompt or exercise. At the 50-minute mark, you can stay in the room or sign out and sign in to your next class of choice.

Schedule, Classes & Teachers

Click here to see this year’s schedule!

Hot Stuff: Prompts to Jumpstart Your Poems & Prose with Dilruba Ahmed

Pull Out the Bolt: Writing and Revising with Bill Carty

The Late Show: Fast & Furious Writing for Writers 50 & Up with Stephanie Barbé Hammer

Getting Over the Fear of Going Dark with Ann Hedreen

The Geography of Home with Christine Hemp

Give Your Story the Time of Day with Elise Hooper

Better Your Banter with Lish McBride

How to Write a Bang-Up Book Proposal that Sells with Rebecca Morris

Dialogue Tricks with Peter Mountford

The Longest Poem: Writing with the Mahabharata with Shankar Narayan

Finding Your Story with Theo Nestor

The Wildness of the (Collaborative) Word List with Susan Rich

Structure Your Memoir with Ingrid Ricks

Screenwriting Basics with Michael Shilling

Forming Form: On Poetic Shape with Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Social Media for Creatives: Mistakes, Myths & How to Avoid Them with Rachel Werner

Getting Unstuck with Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Suspenseful Writing with Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Writing and Ranting with Carolyne Wright