Open Mic: Works in Progress

Works in Progress is Hugo House’s semi-monthly writing open mic series inclusive of diverse formats. 

Held on the first Monday virtually and third Monday in-person of every month at 7 pm, Works in Progress is an open mic for all writers. Read your work—poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs, plays, music, comedy, and more—and connect with your literary community. 

We are actively cultivating a low-pressure, welcoming environment for readers and guests of all skill levels and literary experience. We especially encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and other marginalized voices to take the mic at Works in Progress. 
 
How it works (In-Person): 

  • Reading is open to all.  
  • You don’t have to read! Guests and audience members are encouraged to attend.
  • Doors open half an hour before showtime.
  • Sign up is on a first-come basis and begins at check-in.
  • There are 2 sets of readings with about 10 people per set for a total of 20 readers. If time allows, we may be able to accommodate last minute entries into what’s called a “lightning round”, which allows folks to share short work, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and NA beverages.
  • There is a brief intermission, approx. 15 minutes, between the 2 groupings of readers. 

How it works (Virtual):

  • Reading is open to all. 
  • You don’t have to read! Guests and audience members are encouraged to attend.
  • The Zoom room is open 15 minutes before showtime.
  • Sign up is on a first-come basis and begins at check-in.
  • There is a brief intermission, approx. 15 minutes, between the two groupings of readers. 

We encourage your feedback on how we can continue to build a safer and more engaging environment at these events! Email us at welcome@hugohouse.org.