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, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Market While You Write

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Build your audience before you publish your book exploring the practical and realistic ways to gather a community using websites, mailing lists, social and traditional media, influencers, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 16, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Poetry, Reading, Short Story, Writing for Performance

Escribiendo e ilustrando cuentos de suspenso

Please note that this class will be taught in Spanish.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
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
Poetry, Reading

FOR BIPOC | Make Haste and Play: Exploring the Zuihitsu (Sliding Scale Tuition)

Instructor: Marguerite Harrold. The zuihitsu is a Japanese form and genre comparable to the lyric essay comprising casual, loosely connected fragments and ideas. Using Sei Shōnagon's The Pillow Book, this class will explore poetry, lyrical essays, and hybrid work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Like a Poet: Using the Poetic Speaker

Instructor: Edward Sambrano III. This class will read and examine effective and imaginative use of the "poetic speaker" device—the perspective in which a poem is written. 

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 20, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading

“Cc Me!” Exploring Epistolary Poetry

Instructor: Cate Lycurgus. This generative class explores the letter poem and its opportunities for connection, social commentary or critique, catharsis, and discovery. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry II

Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza. This class aims to explore poetic structure and craft in more detail through readings, prompts, discussions, and workshops of your poems.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 23, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay, Writing for Performance

Unlocking the Vault: The Personal Archive

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. Mining our own notes and fragments for use in writing prompts, we'll recycle and experiment with our own words, utilizing techniques including collage, mapping, poetry, and memoir.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 24, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing Mary Oliver: A Generative Workshop

Instructor: Lauren Davis. Participants will explore and write to prompts inspired by Mary Oliver's writing advice and craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry I

Instructor: Naa Akua. Designed for writers looking to immerse themselves in diverse forms of poetic expression and techniques, this class will explore craft essentials, read and write alongside great poets, and provide an introduction to the workshop model.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 2, 2024 , 5:00 pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading, Writing for Performance

Not Exotic: Poetry From / About Asian American Identity

Instructor: Aimee Suzara. Engage with poetry and spoken word by Asian and Asian American writers identifying themes of belonging and otherness, homeland and loss, as well as the current climate of anti-Asian sentiment and how we challenge it by telling our stories. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 3, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Short Story

Museum as Muse: Writing Alongside Exhibits

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. Visiting local museums, we'll write poems and/or short prose in response to the art we observe, with weekly prompts, class read-arounds, and instructor feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Poetry of Grief & Healing

Instructor: Jodie Hollander. For anyone interested in the transformative and healing power of poetry, we'll read, examine, and write effective and powerful poetry addressing grief and pain.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: May 7, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing with the Furious Flower Poets

Instructor: Anastacia-Reneé. This generative class will explore the work of poets from Furious Flower, the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry, engaging with each poet’s voice, interrogating format and structure, and much more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 9, 2024 , 7:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing with the Furious Flower Poets

Instructor: Anastacia-Reneé. This generative class will explore the work of poets from Furious Flower, the nation's first academic center for Black poetry, engaging with each poet's voice, interrogating format and structure, and much more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 9, 2024 , 7:10 pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Where to Begin: The Art of the Poem Title

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

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 11, 2024 , 1:10pm 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
Poetry

Loneliness, Lyricism, & Desire

Instructor: Christie Valentin-Bati. This course will look at the long, poetic tradition of using the lyric to externalize the deepest and most intimate parts of ourselves, reading and generating work in response to Virginia Woolf, Delmira Agustini, Jericho Brown, and others.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 21, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Odes to the Everyday

Instructor: Jose Hernandez Diaz. This generative class will examine the way celebrate, venerate, and remember with odes, reading memorable and evocative odes from Pablo Neruda, Anne Sexton, and Kevin Young.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story, Essay

The Writer’s Journal as Creative Practice

Instructor: Noah Zanella. This class will look at the potential of the journal as a crucial component of a writer's practice, reading from the journals/diaries of Franz Kafka, Joanne Kyger, George Oppen, and more, engaging in various journaling practices and using this material to generate stories, poems, or essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Leaps & Swerves: Creating Surprise in Poetry

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. This workshop will explore unexpected moves in poems—tonal shifts, syntax disruption—and investigate the interplay between stabilizing and destabilizing forces while engaging the reader in discovery.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 30, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Writing for Performance

Narrative Reclamation: The Self & Community

Instructor: Zain Shamoon. This class is dedicated to the role of storytelling in finding relief from distress; students will learn how to use storytelling for personal and communal reclamation.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 2 sessions
Start: June 5, 2024 , 7:10pm 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