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, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Tech & Spec Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Carolyn Abram. This workshop focuses on the challenges and delights specific to tech and spec fiction, examining work from masters like Ted Chiang and Ursula K. Le Guin and the way communication shifts with technology.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 17, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

The Sentence is the Spark

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this class, we'll center our attention on micro-units of prose, looking at examples of vivid, lovely, and memorable language from writers like Ross Gay, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison, and exploring varied structures and techniques.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 18, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Bringing the Personal into Nature Writing

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this class, students will read and write prose that brings the relationship between the self and the nonhuman world into sharp focus.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

How to Explain Anything

Instructor: Geraldine Woods. In this class, learn how to explain anything, in any genre, clearly and effectively. After analyzing examples from various writers, students will write their own explanatory passages.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Descriptive Writing: An Introduction

Instructor: Jaye Viner.  In this class, students will study and discuss different approaches to descriptive language through craft lectures and generative writing prompts.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Get Unstuck Fiction Bootcamp

Instructor: Tina Tocco. For adult, middle grade, or YA fiction writers,  this generative fiction workshop will use images, lists, sounds, brainstorming, and other prompts to help get your mind whirling and fingers flying.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Submitting Short Work: Toward a Book Deal

Instructor: Alle Hall. Learn about the evolving publishing industry—money, queries, agents, and more—and generate fiction using writing exercises, peer and teacher feedback, and more. Leave with a solid draft of one piece, two query letters, and a system for tracking submissions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Real Talk: Pacing & Punctuating Dialogue

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. 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: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

For the Fun of It: Recapturing Joy in Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. For beginner and seasoned writers alike, this generative workshop will serve as a safe haven for exploration and self-expression with engaging prompts designed to awaken your imagination.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel

The First 50 Pages: Backstory & Beyond

Instructor: Jennifer Haupt. Students will workshop the first ten pages of their book, learning to balance backstory, present action, and foreshadowing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 5:00 pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Unstuck: Strategies & Meditations

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. In this workshop, we'll use guided meditation, visualization, and writing exercises to identify and soften our own particular versions of resistance and to reconnect with the parts of us that use language to create. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Instructor: Greg November. This generative one-day workshop is all about things, stuff, items—creating a world on the page through the power of ordinary items that evoke passions, fears, dreams, and all manner of big, big ideas.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Speculative Ecologies & Biologies

Instructor: Ruth Joffre. This class will ask students to envision fantastical and futuristic environments and invent new selves deeply rooted in landscape, reading and studying contemporary speculative fiction about the environment, including climate fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 21, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Co-Writing: Keep the Drama on the Page

Instructors: Midge Raymond, John Yunker. For all writers who wish to collaborate on prose writing, learn to research, write, edit, and pitch as a team.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 25, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

This Actually Happened: Writing Real Life (Sliding Scale Tuition)

Instructor: Alli Parrett. Explore elements of craft that translate real life moments into captivating stories on the page, examining excerpts from Brandon Taylor's Real Life and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: June 1, 2024 , 1:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Writer’s Welcome Kit

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: September 30, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous