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
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
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, 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
Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction I

Instructor: Beth Slattery. 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: September 19, 2022, 10:00am
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
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
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
Nonfiction

Writing Urgent Scenes in Memoir

Instructor: Christine Hemp. This class is for those who want their memoir to have a novel’s urgency, with all the turns and surprises of a narrative arc.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start Date: September 24, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Truth or Fiction?: Writing Life Stories

Instructor: Susan Meyers. Writing about real life can be tricky. This class explores memoir and autobiographical fiction to examine how "true" your life stories should be.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 25, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Artist’s Way

Instructor: Shama Shams (Sanjukta). This course is based on Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a series of prompts that focuses on recovering the creative self. We’ll work through the book together in a supportive environment.

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Level: Introductory, Open to all levels
Length: 12 sessions
Start Date: September 26, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

A Wrinkle in Time: How to Embrace Your Chronology and Tell the Story Straight (A Workshop for Democracy)

Instructor: Steve Almond. One of the central struggles in storytelling is that human beings are, in essence, time travelers. This class will unravel the mysteries of chronology and figure out how to tell your story in a way that thrills readers.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 26, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel

Book Lab with Sonora Jha

Instructor: Sonora Jha. A yearlong intensive class for writers seeking to revise, restructure, rethink, and finalize a book-length manuscript.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Let’s Read! The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays

Instructor: j.chavez. Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays is a first-of-its-kind anthology to offer eight plays by trans playwrights to center trans characters. Each week, tackle a script and dive into the state of trans theatre and trans plays

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: In Person
Essay, Nonfiction

Writing About Death

Instructor: Katherine Standefer. Explore the craft of writing about death, noticing the narrative structures and syntax that effectively hold brutal experiences.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: September 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Yearlong in Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Peter Mountford. This yearlong class is open to fiction and creative nonfiction writers of all stripes, and is designed to help writers meet creative goals/deadlines, and provide concrete and clear feedback on their work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 28, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

More Questions Than Answers: When Memoir Writing Becomes the Story of the Search

Instructor: Ann Hedreen. What motivates many memoir writers is not just the yearning to tell their stories, but all the questions they have about their stories. In this seminar, learn from writers whose questions have shaped their lives and work.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 1, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Query Letter Bootcamp

Instructor: Lindsay Newton. In this supportive workshop environment, participants will work with a "Big Five" editor and publishing consultant to learn the pitching process and generate a strategic, ready-to-send query letter to their agent of choice.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Nonfiction

Finding Your Form in Nonfiction

Instructor: Kate Lebo. When we're struggling to begin a work of nonfiction, how do we find the right form? In this class, discover how other writers make and break forms, try on different forms you admire, and maybe even invite your own.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online