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

Hermit Crab Forms for Poets & Prosers

This generative workshop will explore “hermit crab” forms for our poems, prose, and prose poems. Just as a hermit crab adapts to various “homes,” we’ll explore the craft of borrowed forms from historical timelines to horoscopes.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: May 19, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing for Your Audience

In this short session, we’ll recover audience from the taboo, declare whom exactly we’re writing for, and discuss how we engage with readers’ expectations. This course includes exercises and a short reading.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 20, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

My Life Has Gotten So Busy: A Workshop on Titles

This generative workshop examines titles and titling strategies—from the headline to the doorway. We’ll study poetry, music, and visual art for inspiration, and play a titling game that will lead to a full draft of a new poem.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Crafting the Contemporary Pastoral Poem

This generative workshop will investigate how craft can aid the contemporary poet in addressing our increasingly complicated relationship with the planet. We’ll write with the goal of both responding to and revising the pastoral tradition.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 22, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

PERSONAL & POLITICAL: Unpacking Rick Barot’s The Galleons

This course closely examines Barot’s The Galleons—a rich model for writers grappling with material that is both personal and political. Join us to unpack the craft elements that give his poems power, including juxtaposition, metaphor, cinematic movement, associative leaps, turns, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: May 24, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Recharge Your Revision Process

This class focuses on revision strategies, exploring craft elements such as lineation and syntax. Poets should come to class with draft poems ready for revision and be prepared to experiment.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: May 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

FREE Root Words: Etymology and Poetry

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.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 4, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing into the Other: The Art of Persona Poetry

In this generative workshop, we will analyze, write, peer review, and discuss diverse pieces of persona poetry. We will navigate discussions such as cultural appropriation, craft in terms of persona, and more.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 9, 2022, 6:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Explore and Shelter: Writing About Place

Let’s return to the vistas, doorways, and rooms from our former lives to glean the importance of place in story. We’ll examine some fine examples and then generate new work; expect to be surprised by how far your memory stretches.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 11, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Leaps and Swerves: Creating Surprise in Poetry

This workshop will explore unexpected moves in poems–tonal shifts, leaps that move associatively down the page–and investigate 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 Date: June 12, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

The Talk of a Party: Dialogue Generation Exercise

This class is will go on a generative, prompt-based journey to explore different ways that dialogue manifests and examine how to get speech out of the body and onto the page.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 12, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Turning Your Book Dream Into Reality

In this course, memoir author and book coach Ingrid Ricks teaches mindset-changing techniques for conquering psychological obstacles and accountability strategies she employs to finish a manuscript.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Nonfiction, Poetry

Lyric Cartography

This generative workshop offers a series of exercises to help us excavate, wander around, and examine actual places–call it lyric cartography or lyric biography of place. Come prepared to write, drawn, share, and listen.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 13, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Your Favorite Poet’s Favorite Poet

Every poet must start somewhere—and behind every good writer, is a good reader. Together, we will demystify the idea that poetry is for the select few and explore the art form through the lens of legacy and community.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 14, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing in the Military Gaze

This workshop course offers a supportive environment for writers of all genres who create in the military gaze–writing about war, its impact, and military service. This class is offered with pay-what-you-can tuition.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 14, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Nature Is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing

Nature writing has roots throughout global majority cultures. In this class, we’ll read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction with writing prompts derived from practices that attune us to the more-than-human world.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 15, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry I

Whether you are a beginning poet or lover of the art, this class explores the beauty and complexity of writing and reading poetry, as well as the basics of the workshop model.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: June 22, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

R Words: Poetry and Performance for Social Change

This class will explore the elements which open our eyes and create new narratives. Through the power of poetry and performance, together we will write the change we want to see in the world: Revolution, Reparations, Restoration.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: June 22, 2022, 6:30pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Hybrid Forms: A Generative Workshop

This workshop will explore different hybrid forms of writing based on the language we encounter in our interactions with the world around us–the loci where poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction meet.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 25, 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.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry

Spoken Word & Poetry Scribes, 9-12th grade

This camp immerses students in the diverse world of poetry. Examining form and technique, students will participate in writing activities, poetry readings, and imaginative exercises. The week will culminate with student presentations.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
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.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 9 sessions
Start Date: July 5, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry, Reading

Contemporary Poetry For People Who Don’t “Get” Poetry (But Want To!)

In this course, we will engage in reading, writing, and sharing exercises designed to support a beginning student's understanding of (and appreciation for) poetry.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 10, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Poetry

Video Poems Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this half-day camp, students will write poems and then create short videos to accompany them. Expect writing prompts, story boarding, video poem viewing, and more!

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online