Class Catalog

There’s a class for everyone.

Long-time writer or just getting started? Writing an epic poem or a short story? Whoever you are and wherever your passions lie—if you want to write, there’s a Hugo House class for you. Explore our catalog and find yours.

When we say we want our classes to be for everyone, we mean it.

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Hermit Crab Forms for Poets & Prosers

This generative workshop will explore “hermit crab” forms for our poems, prose, and prose poems. Just as a hermit crab adapts to various “homes,” we’ll explore the craft of borrowed forms from historical timelines to horoscopes.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: May 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Real Talk: Writing Authentic Dialogue

This course is designed for writers of all levels and genres interested in exploring the nuances of dialogue and seeking authentic voices for their characters. Through close readings and sharing their work aloud, students will practice hearing dialogue and identifying techniques to keep their writing emotive and original.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: May 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing for Your Audience

In this short session, we’ll recover audience from the taboo, declare whom exactly we’re writing for, and discuss how we engage with readers’ expectations. This course includes exercises and a short reading.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 20, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Nonfiction

FREE Reflective Writing for Medical & Healthcare Professionals

This workshop is welcome to anyone who works in healthcare. Students will read work by medical providers and patients and then write about what we notice in our bodies, thoughts, and feelings, creating room for empathy, understanding, and connection.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

My Life Has Gotten So Busy: A Workshop on Titles

This generative workshop examines titles and titling strategies—from the headline to the doorway. We’ll study poetry, music, and visual art for inspiration, and play a titling game that will lead to a full draft of a new poem.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Publishing Intensive

This full-day class featuring guests from small and large presses offers an introductory overview of the literary fiction and nonfiction publishing business. Students will pitch their books to one another and offer feedback, as well as receive an extensive packet with resources.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Setting The Stakes, Hooking the Reader

How to get a reader instantly invested–an irresistible character, suspenseful plot, or a string of gorgeous sentences. Students will submit the opening of their book for class workshop and we’ll investigate the stakes of your story.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 22, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Crafting the Contemporary Pastoral Poem

This generative workshop will investigate how craft can aid the contemporary poet in addressing our increasingly complicated relationship with the planet. We’ll write with the goal of both responding to and revising the pastoral tradition.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 22, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Inquiring Minds: Tips & Tools for Researching

Whether you’re writing a memoir or researching a new subject for your novel, quality information is vital. We’ll discuss the importance of going beyond the internet, conducting fieldwork, and managing interviews.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 24, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

PERSONAL & POLITICAL: Unpacking Rick Barot’s The Galleons

This course closely examines Barot’s The Galleons—a rich model for writers grappling with material that is both personal and political. Join us to unpack the craft elements that give his poems power, including juxtaposition, metaphor, cinematic movement, associative leaps, turns, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: May 24, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Recharge Your Revision Process

This class focuses on revision strategies, exploring craft elements such as lineation and syntax. Poets should come to class with draft poems ready for revision and be prepared to experiment.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: May 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

FREE Root Words: Etymology and Poetry

This class examines etymology as a source of creative fascination. Students will create their own etymologies, consider the nature of word connotation in poetry, and explore the narratives and lyrical possibilities within words.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 4, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction

The Setting of the Mind

This class will lead students through translating perceptions of the senses into opportunities to enhance psychic access on the page. We’ll build dynamic inner lives for our characters and for readers to form poignant connections with.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 4, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction

Writing a Memoir to Understand Your Family

How do memoirists keep their voices distinct while honoring the voice of family members? We will read excerpts from memoirs and study their use of interviews, dialogue, letters, speculation, invention, and memory. Come with photos or mementos of the family you wish to write about.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 4, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Story Openings: Beyond “Once Upon a Time”

In this workshop, students will write and rewrite their story openings. We will examine various styles across genres to understand how reimagined intros can alter tone, point of view, pace, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 5, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Cómo mostrar las emociones en nuestras historias

Las emociones evocadas en un texto narrativo son memorables y consiguen dejar una impresión duradera en nuestras lectoras y lectores. Por lo tanto, al momento de crear historias poderosas, el objetivo es mostrar las emociones, no simplemente contarlas.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 8, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Reading

You Are What You Read

In this class, we’ll look at how to “read like a writer,” create reading lists, build a personal reference library, and know when to narrow and/or expand your focus. You’ll leave class with new reading tools and tactics for improving your writing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 8, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing into the Other: The Art of Persona Poetry

In this generative workshop, we will analyze, write, peer review, and discuss diverse pieces of persona poetry. We will navigate discussions such as cultural appropriation, craft in terms of persona, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 9, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Explore and Shelter: Writing About Place

Let’s return to the vistas, doorways, and rooms from our former lives to glean the importance of place in story. We’ll examine some fine examples and then generate new work; expect to be surprised by how far your memory stretches.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 11, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Leaps and Swerves: Creating Surprise in Poetry

This workshop will explore unexpected moves in poems–tonal shifts, leaps that move associatively down the page–and investigate interplay between stabilizing and destabilizing forces while engaging the reader in discovery.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 12, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Talk of a Party: Dialogue Generation Exercise

This class is will go on a generative, prompt-based journey to explore different ways that dialogue manifests and examine how to get speech out of the body and onto the page.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 12, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Turning Your Book Dream Into Reality

In this course, memoir author and book coach Ingrid Ricks teaches mindset-changing techniques for conquering psychological obstacles and accountability strategies she employs to finish a manuscript.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction, Poetry

Lyric Cartography

This generative workshop offers a series of exercises to help us excavate, wander around, and examine actual places–call it lyric cartography or lyric biography of place. Come prepared to write, drawn, share, and listen.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 13, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Your Favorite Poet’s Favorite Poet

Every poet must start somewhere—and behind every good writer, is a good reader. Together, we will demystify the idea that poetry is for the select few and explore the art form through the lens of legacy and community.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 14, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online