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, Reading, The Writing Life

Bird’s Eye View: Strategies for Close Reading & Revision

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. How can we delve deeper into texts that feel mysterious, thorny, or complex? In this class, we’ll experiment with hands-on practices—annotation, structural mapping, and more—that open up new understandings of what’s on the page and what might come next.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: December 3, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

Deglazing Our Prose

Instructor: Meredith Arena. "Deglazing" is using an acid to dilute sediment from fats left in a pan to make a gravy or sauce. Sometimes we've worked on something too long or can't figure out what the piece wants to be. Sometimes we need to "deglaze" our work and start with a new sauce as our guide.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 3, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Listening to What Your Heart Longs to Write

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. This exploratory workshop is designed to help writers determine their personal thematic by distinguishing which topics resonate most. We’ll engage with imaginative prompts, including an exercise in which participants will analyze their film favorites.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: December 4, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Speaking Fiction to Power: Narrating Resistance

Instructor: Kate Raphael. What makes a more powerful story than real people’s struggles to change their world? In this class, we will analyze successful social justice stories and create narratives that bring our passions to life through complex characters and compelling conflicts.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: December 4, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

The Architecture of Place

Instructor: Katie Kitamura. How do we render place on the page? Study how writers create vivid, multi-dimensional settings, looking at examples from writers including Shirley Jackson, Sam Selvon, and George Saunders.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 9, 2022 , 1:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Seeing Beyond Stereotypes

Instructor: Michele L. Simms-Burton. Avoid the pitfalls of stereotypes by practicing seeing diverse people in their full humanity. Examine examples of writing that successfully present unique, fully drawn, non-stereotypical characters.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 10, 2022 , 10:00am PT
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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Level: Open to all levels
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Start: December 31, 2022 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Lit Witches: Crafting Spells and Rituals for Subversive Narratives

Instructors: Allison Ellis, Amy Bowers. Delve deep into the lore and canon of witches, examining themes such as feminism, domesticity, power, and social change. Students can expect to craft their own witchy narratives and generate new stories, essays, or longer scenes.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Structure & Design

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. Through writing exercises and class discussion, students will delve deep into the craft element of structure and come away with a solid toolbox of strategies for thinking about design in their own writing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Writing for Kids 101

Instructor: Tina Tocco. With optional take-home exercises and in-class writing prompts, students will generate and workshop new work focused on writing for ages 8-12.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Elements of the Short Form: An Introduction to Flash

Instructor: Becca Yenser. Explore the fundamentals of flash (both fiction and nonfiction) while reading, generating writing, and workshopping with peers.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 5 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing About the Women in Your Family

Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee. We’ll explore the roles of women in our lives and how they’ve shaped us by generating micro narratives of 300 words or less.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Novel Immersion

Instructor: Elise Hooper. Start off the new year by jumping into the novel you've been wanting to write, with a focus on plotting, character development, setting, point of view, and structure.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction I

Instructor: Ramon Isao. This course will introduce students to the basics of the workshop model, with in class writing prompts and readings, and focus on key elements of craft such as character, plot, and setting.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Reading Poetry, Writing Prose

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this reading-focused course, we'll take an in-depth look at work by six poets, and explore how their craft decisions might influence and inspire our own writing across genres.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Storytelling in Calvino’s “Next” Millennium

Instructor: Cara Diaconoff. This course will read and examine Six Memos for the Next Millennium and offer students the opportunity to write their own pieces in response (or in productive resistance) to Calvino's ideas about literature's key qualities.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Plot for Poets and Writers of Short Fiction: Writing alongside Lydia Davis

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. With weekly prompts, instructor feedback, and discussion, students will examine the stories of Lydia Davis.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Reading

Can Fiction Teach us To be Good?

Instructor: Kascha Semonovitch. Students will read and discuss philosophical theories and fiction that explicitly address the ethical issues of utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, and theodicy.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

When the Color Blue Was Born

Instructor: Sierra Nelson. Taking inspiration from science, art, and literature, students will participate in generative writing prompts using color as the prismatic approach to create a portfolio of new work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Novel Workshop

Instructor: Lish McBride. For adults writing for an adult or young adult audience, this class will follow the workshop-style format as students learn to constructively critique and discuss each other's work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading

Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood”: Writing Against Patriarchy

Instructor: Kaelie Giffel. In class, we'll close read and discuss the novel, Motherhood, then turn to writing prompts to develop our own autofictions.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

What We Really Mean to Say: Utilizing Poetic Techniques in Prose

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. In this craft workshop, students will read selections from prose writers utilizing poetic techniques, identify four ways to attend to language, and practice using these techniques in their own writing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Submissions Support Group

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. This course is designed for writers new to submissions who want to familiarize themselves with the process while learning from, and sharing experiences with, their peers.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction

Fiction III

Instructor: Scott Driscoll. Building upon craft learned in Fiction I and II, students can expect advanced readings, regular workshops, and feedback from their classmates and instructor.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online