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.

Essay, Nonfiction

Hybrid Moments: Exploring the Lyric Essay

This class will radicalize our approach to the personal narrative, intertwining poetry and memoir. We will write lyric essays and explore the braided form that celebrates both personal story and the lyricism of poetry.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: August 20, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Magic 101

Fantasy worlds thrive on magic systems. In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into existing magic systems in books and films to help you figure out how to create your own complex and believable magical world.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 20, 2022, 3:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Writing Dread: Horror From The First Sentence

Our favorite horror authors know how to create a sense of dread, the chill down your spine, from the first page. This class will explore how to replicate that feeling in our own work, on a sentence level and beyond.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 20, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

How to Build a Haunted House (and Other Strange Structures)

This class is for architects of the weird wanting to hone their craft. We’ll study examples of speculative structures and students will leave with blueprints for the weirdest building or spaceship they can imagine.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 21, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction

Short Essays for the Internet

In this workshop, we'll cover how to identify themes, outline, and write essays about single issues (750-1,000 words). We'll discuss different forms, finding publications, and how to tailor your writing to publications you admire.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 27, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Taking Stock

In this process workshop, writers will be invited to reflect on life before and during the pandemic. We'll write from prompts, sharing and discussing our work as a group, toggling between our inner and collective experiences.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 28, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Through guided and practical exercises, this course will give you the confidence to turn your art into a long-term, successful business.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 12 sessions
Start Date: September 1, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story, The Writing Life

Writer’s Welcome Kit (ASYNCHRONOUS)

This asynchronous course features online workbooks, including ten essential templates in Word and Excel to kickstart your writing life, and resources professional writers use to get published.

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Level: Open to all levels
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Start Date: September 1, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Poetry

How to Catch a Salmon Poem

Instructor: Rena Priest. In this workshop, we’ll respond to a series of prompts aimed at cultivating poems for a salmon-themed anthology. By the end of our time together, you’ll have a fresh catch of ideas to help you reel in new poems.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 17, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction

Un-Mucking the Manuscript’s Middle for Middle Grade/YA

Instructor: Amanda Hosch. Through a mix of brief lectures, writing exercises, and in-class critiques, students will learn how to build strong, compelling character arcs, giving life and structure to our rough draft manuscripts.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction

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

Instructor: Ingrid Ricks. 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: 2 sessions
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

GRATIS Escritura Creativa

Instructora: Elizabeth Villaman. Un taller donde trabajaremos ejercicios prácticos y creativos para adentrarnos en el maravilloso mundo de la escritura. Escribir desde lo que conocemos y nos apasiona, pasando por varios elementos narrativos que componen una historia.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Character as Action

Instructor: Robin McLean. This session explores building characters through action as opposed to dialogue or happenstance. Come away with methods of giving your characters more agency and depth, freeing them to progress the story in unexpected ways.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

The World of Your Story: A Historical Fiction Primer

Instructor: Radhika Sharma. Learn how to use and refine research, strengthen your creative foundation for the story, and craft compelling narratives using period-appropriate dialogue and expositions. Ideal for students working on a short story or novel set in a previous era.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry & Intimacies

Instructor: Taneum Bambrick. Study poems that enact care, joy, and/or humor by writers such as Derrick Austin, Megan Fernandes, and Sharon Olds, and investigate the complications of trying to define intimacy and the intimate self when both are complicated by social structures.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Loving the Writing Life

Instructor: Kimberly Dark. Whether you're new to writing or the joy is gone—this class is for you. In each session, we'll experiment with how to relate to the world, make meaning and convey passion through writing.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 11:00am
Format: Online
Fiction

Writing the Short Film

Instructor: Andrew Bell. Cover the most crucial elements of storytelling for the screen and explore the stories we want to tell. Crafting a film is a journey. Writing our scripts is only the first peak—we need characters and ideas we want to live with and explore.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Yearlong in Speculative Fiction

Instructor: Ruth Joffre. Over the course of this year, students will work toward completion of a project of their choosing, whether that be a novel, a story collection, a flash fiction series, or another project.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Young Adult/Children's Lit

Yearlong in Young Adult & Middle Grade Fiction

Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock. Open to those writing in any genre of fiction intended primarily for a younger audience. Develop and polish the teen voice, pace your storylines, and write the engaging characters that readers have come to expect.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Writing the Vignette

Instructor: Jeff Bender. Vignettes are fun and satisfying "blips" of writing, which are generally considered prose but tend toward poetry. This workshop examines and celebrates this small, vibrant unit of fiction.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story, The Writing Life

Building Your Collection: Advanced Yearlong Workshop in Short Fiction

Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum. This yearlong workshop in short fiction focuses on intensive craft study, identifying and making progress toward individual writing goals, and undertaking the construction of a collection of short fiction.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 6:30pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Character Studies

Instructor: Lauren Camp. Explore the idea of character through a number of lenses you won't expect—sometimes celebrating ordinary concerns, sometimes finding incredible wisdom outside of ourselves.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Devotions: Reading & Learning from Mary Oliver

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. Designed for writers of all levels interested in exploring the poetry and poetic teachings of Mary Oliver. We’ll discuss and collectively define craft elements and techniques that reoccur in her work.

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

Field Trips & Hidden Portals: Finding Writing Inspiration in the Everyday

Instructors: Allison Ellis & Amy Bowers. We dream of productive writing sessions but the reality is that tasks often overshadow. (Re)learn to open our eyes, go on local outings, and build a toolkit that turns the world into a dreamy writing office.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online