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.

Novel, The Writing Life

Finding a Publisher to Fall in Love with Your Work (IN-PERSON)

This one-day intensive session will create a plan for every member of the class on how to find a publisher for their completed manuscript.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 13, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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