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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fiction, Short Story

Short Story Revision Workshop

This course will offer a variety of focused techniques designed to isolate and revise different elements of your writing. Each week we will focus on a different craft element such as plot, setting, and character.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 22, 2022, 12:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Hybrid Forms: A Generative Workshop

This workshop will explore different hybrid forms of writing based on the language we encounter in our interactions with the world around us–the loci where poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction meet.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel

Writing Across Cultures: Taking an Imaginative Leap of Empathy

In this discussion class, we’ll examine strategies for researching and portraying lives unlike our own. We'll work on writing exercises and discuss texts and interviews with authors who write responsibly and respectfully across elements of identity.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 26, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel

Writing About the Ones You Love

The people we love have a way of showing up in our fiction and nonfiction. How do we tell our truths and stay compassionate to theirs? This class will navigate the ethics and perils of writing uncomfortable truths.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 26, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 5-6th grade

This exploratory camp fosters creative writing development through an engaging mix of prose and poetry readings, craft exercises, and artistic activities. The week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person