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

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, 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, 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, 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.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 9-12th grade

This exploratory camp develops students' creative writing abilities in prose and poetry through readings and craft exercises. The week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 9 sessions
Start Date: July 5, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel

Finishing Your Book (ASYNCHRONOUS)

This asynchronous class is for anyone struggling with a book. We’ll look at when and when not to revise, what questions are productive, and seek ways to re-invigorate ourselves for much more writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Novel

Writing Toward the Unknown in Historical Fiction

This workshop will explore how to approach research, world-building, and character development in historical fiction, focusing on how to reimagine spaces and voices with minimal or nonexistent historical records.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 17, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Blueprint For Constructing Scenes

In this class, you'll learn to make a visual blueprint that cements your story building blocks, and equip yourself with tools to construct scenes such as measured actions, artistic hooks, and evocative settings.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 4, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel

True Lies: Writing Speculative Memoir (IN-PERSON)

Speculative memoir is an extravagant mash-up of personal identity, lived experience, and imaginative impulse. This workshop includes in-class writing and discussion about memoir and fiction, and what happens when they are merged.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 7, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
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, 1:10pm
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