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.

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.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 11, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction

Write Your Memoir: How to Structure, Outline, and Bring Your Story to Life

In this intensive crash course, participants will learn tools to effectively pursue their memoir. We’ll discuss story structure and outlining practice, as well as the six powerful narrative writing techniques to bring a memoir to life.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 11, 2022, 10:00am
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.

Course Status: Full
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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.

Course Status: Full
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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
Fiction, Novel

Writing Characters of Depth (When Change Is Not An Option)

We've been told that characters must be capable of change, but what about characters whose circumstances leave little room for it? We’ll examine this question through reading, discussions, engaging in writing exercises, and workshop.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 14, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing in the Military Gaze

This workshop course offers a supportive environment for writers of all genres who create in the military gaze–writing about war, its impact, and military service. This class is offered with pay-what-you-can tuition.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 14, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

This class will introduce students to workshopping, the craft of fiction writing, and how to build a writing practice. We'll read and discuss published work with guided writing prompts that correspond to our discussions.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction I

This class will explore the nonfiction story through points of view, scene, reflection, and form. Using generative writing, reading, and an introduction to the workshop model, we will investigate our own personal stories.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Nature Is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing

Nature writing has roots throughout global majority cultures. In this class, we’ll read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction with writing prompts derived from practices that attune us to the more-than-human world.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Awaken into Infinite Blue: Writing with Vishnu

A prominent god in the Hindu pantheon, Vishnu, the preserver, maintains cosmic balance. This generative and analytical class turns to key texts from the mythology and uses them to fuel our own diverse, electric pieces.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

FREE Telling Your Story: A Personal Essay Workshop

Our stories are a means for connection—part reportage and part reflection, personal essays reveal hidden truths about ourselves and our societies. This interactive workshop includes discussion and individual writing sessions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 16, 2022, 12:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Wait a Minute, What About Dialogue?

In this class, students will learn about effective dialogue–natural conversation that advances plot and character depth. With small group exercises and text discussions, students will practice writing a short, dialogue-intensive scene.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 18, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Agents, Editors, and the Publishing Industry (for BIPOC)

For BIPOC, this class offers an overview of the publishing business. We'll discuss subverting the "white gaze", building networks of support, and writing query letters with agents and editors working to change the industry from within.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel

Desire & Need

In this two-session workshop, we’ll do lots of exercises relating to desire and need that serve to strengthen relevant character backstory as well as organic forward motion in your novel or memoir.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: June 21, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online