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, Novel

Time as a Tool for Tension

There are at least two ticking clocks in fiction–the timeline of the story and the clock on the reader’s patience. In this one-day session you will practice the careful management of time in your fiction.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 13, 2022, 10:00am
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, 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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Start Date: September 1, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
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

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
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
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, 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
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
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Letters of Love

Instructor: Naa Akua. Set your intentions to engage love as a "practice," through writing epistolary poems, journal prompts, and mini memoirs, as well as incorporating meditative techniques and breathing exercises into your routine.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 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
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Yearlong in Science Fiction

Instructor: Nisi Shawl. In this craft-focused class, we’ll dive deep and work through methods of writing a speculative fiction story or novel of high quality, covering a wide variety of topics, writing exercises, and workshopping.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 20, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Susan Meyers. Whether you’re looking to write stories or a novel, this course will introduce three key elements of fiction: description, conflict, and character.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Book Lab with Tara Conklin

Instructor: Tara Conklin. Book Lab is a year-long intensive class for writers seeking to revise, restructure, rethink, and finalize a book-length manuscript. Students form a small cohort of writers all working toward the same goal.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 6:30pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Advanced Young Adult & Middle Grade Manuscript

Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock. This yearlong course will offer a booster of support and instruction to writers who are working toward completion of a young adult or middle grade manuscript.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Writing the Ghost

Instructor: Jennifer Haupt. In this two-session workshop, we'll look at the ghosts in popular movies and novels, and do exercises to find your protagonist and antagonist's ghosts, the thing they are most afraid of and are often unaware of themselves.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Writing for Kids 101

Instructor: Tina Tocco. This class is geared towards writing for ages 8–12, with in-class prompts—everything from starter sentences to images, magical objects to inanimate objects—and discussion in a low-pressure atmosphere.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing for Procrastinators

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Weekly writing and reading assignments and instructor feedback help us explore why we procrastinate and how to break the cycle. Establish a writing practice and navigate the murky waters of their own procrastination.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: September 21, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Yearlong in Narrative Storytelling

Instructor: Sonora Jha. Sometimes you have a story to tell, and you don’t know yet the genre in which it wants to be told. In this yearlong course, you will find your voice, your story, your form.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 22, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online