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.

Poetry

Find (and Write) Your Missing Poems

Instructor: Tess Taylor. In this class, we'll develop actionable strategies for dreaming and writing the poems that are missing from your manuscript-in-progress. Engage in reading, generative exercises, and collaborative editing, with the goal of completing the book of poems inside you.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 3 sessions
Start: January 27, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing Care and Vulnerability

Instructor: Leora Fridman. This generative workshop will look at contemporary writers considering the body in various states of need to write into our own reckonings with care and vulnerability.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 29, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing in Persona: Language, Lipstick, and a Mirror

Instructor: Heidi Seaborn. In this class students will examine powerful dramatic dialogue and persona poems, generate and share new persona poems, and discuss what it means to assume another’s identity.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 4, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

I Don’t Get it: Reading “Best American Poetry 2022” Together

Instructor: Sally Ashton. Take a guided tour through this year’s edition of the renowned, sometimes controversial, anthology, with discussions about poetry, craft elements, about “bests” and who says so, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 6, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Poet as a Botanist

Instructor: Kate Lebo. This class considers how writers today imagine the voices of plants to reach for new language, insight, and emotion. We'll read plant-voiced poems and write our own poems or essays.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 7, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Assembling a Chapbook for Publication

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. This workshop focuses on structuring, ordering, and creating a chapbook manuscript to submit to publishers or self-publish.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 9, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

GRATIS | El microrrelato, lo pequeño que habla de lo grande

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 11, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

Writing the Body

Instructor: Meghan Lamb. This course will examine the methodology of writing about bodily experiences and explore the merits of engaging deeply and precisely with sex, aging, illness, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 12, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Not Exotic: Poetry on Asian American Identity

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. This class will focus on poetry by Asian American writers in the United States, engaging with and considering themes of belonging, otherness, homeland and loss, racism and immigration, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 13, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Micro Prose Chapbook: Archetypes

Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee. This generative workshop uses prompts about archetypes to help you generate a draft of a chapbook.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 14, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Complicating the Poem

Instructor: Mark Doty. This generative workshop will utilize a series of writing exercises to take a single image from memory and view it from many perspectives, accumulating a rich body of material that explores layers of experience.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: February 18, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

The Poetic Series: A Seminar

Instructor: Melinda Ruth. For students who have completed a collection of poem drafts, this workshop offers craft discussion, peer revision, and close readings of contemporary poems.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: February 18, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Research Tools for Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

Instructor: Holly Day. Learn how to compile a bibliography from sources including online and physical collections of newspaper archives, library special collections, photo banks, and more, with info on tracing source material and tips for staying organized.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 19, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Dreams as Portals for Liberation

Instructor: Ansley Clark. This workshop explores how translating dreams into poems helps us access subconscious, creative energies. Participants will develop their own at-home, dream-based writing rituals to generate poems.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 22, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Expanding the Elegy: Reading and Writing from Victoria Chang’s “Obit”

Instructor: Melanie Figg. This class offers a close reading of Victoria Chang's powerful collection, Obit, with writing prompts based around themes of loss.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Exploring the Surreal and the Strange in Prose Poetry

Instructor: Jose Hernandez Diaz. This workshop explores surreal and strange prose poems, with readings, sample prompts, and insight into the improvisation and editing process.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 23, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

FREE | Root Words: Etymology and Poetry

Instructor: Laura Da'. This class examines etymology as a source of creative fascination. Students will create their own etymologies, consider the nature of word connotation in poetry, and explore the narratives and lyrical possibilities within words.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: February 25, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

The Five Stages of Ecological Grief

Instructor: Jessica Gigot. Students will learn from contemporary ecopoets and investigate their interior and exterior landscapes in order to craft new poems that probe and illuminate their experiences around ecological grief.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 25, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Where to Begin: The Art and Craft of the Poem Title

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. In this three-hour workshop, students will explore the relationships between poems and their titles, discuss several intriguing examples, then play with techniques for titling their own work.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: February 26, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Let’s Write a Poem

Instructor: Holly Day. Designed specifically for beginners, this class explores basic poetic forms and styles, including structure, time, place, and more.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 27, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Hermit Crab Forms for Poets & Prose Writers

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. This mixed-genre class will explore "hermit crab" forms for our poems, prose, and prose poems, using the language and architecture of borrowed forms.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 28, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Place Based Poetics: Writing with the Duwamish River

Instructor: Simon Wolf. Part Seattle history, part eco-poetics, we will read excerpts of history texts and discuss poets that engage rivers, industry, and pollution in their work, and students will leave class with two river poems of their own.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 28, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry, Reading

Your Favorite Poet’s Favorite Poet

Instructor: Emily Sernaker. This class will demystify the idea that poetry is for the select few and explore the art form through the lens of legacy and community.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 28, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Digging into the Details

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. This generative workshop will explore the power of detail and description in prose.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 28, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online