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: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 3 sessions
Start: December 2, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

Bird’s Eye View: Strategies for Close Reading & Revision

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. How can we delve deeper into texts that feel mysterious, thorny, or complex? In this class, we’ll experiment with hands-on practices—annotation, structural mapping, and more—that open up new understandings of what’s on the page and what might come next.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: December 3, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Poetry

Love Poems

Instructor: Matthew Olzmann. This generative love poem workshop will explore risking vulnerability without being crushed under the weight of sentimentality, why so many love poems are so very sad, how abstract experience of a specific emotion can be made tangible, and so much more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 3, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Listening to What Your Heart Longs to Write

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. This exploratory workshop is designed to help writers determine their personal thematic by distinguishing which topics resonate most. We’ll engage with imaginative prompts, including an exercise in which participants will analyze their film favorites.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: December 4, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story, The Writing Life

Writer’s Welcome Kit (ASYNCHRONOUS)

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: December 31, 2022 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Poetry

Poetry III

Instructor: Ed Skoog. Build upon a foundation of craft and elements of poetry. Students will participate in workshops, examine contemporary poets, and generate and revise new work.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Lit Witches: Crafting Spells and Rituals for Subversive Narratives

Instructors: Allison Ellis, Amy Bowers. Delve deep into the lore and canon of witches, examining themes such as feminism, domesticity, power, and social change. Students can expect to craft their own witchy narratives and generate new stories, essays, or longer scenes.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Writing About the Women in Your Family

Instructor: Darien Hsu Gee. We’ll explore the roles of women in our lives and how they’ve shaped us by generating micro narratives of 300 words or less.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

The Trees of Our Lives

Instructor: Claudia Castro Luna. In this class, we will engage with a variety of texts (letters, essays, mostly poetry) to examine our relationships to our arboreal neighbor: how they inspire, heal, protect, anchor, and orient us—and what we in turn offer them.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 7 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Reading Poetry, Writing Prose

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this reading-focused course, we'll take an in-depth look at work by six poets, and explore how their craft decisions might influence and inspire our own writing across genres.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Queer Erasure

Instructor: Cass Garison. This class will explore the concept of erasure poetry as a fundamentally queer practice, one with the capability to subvert and redirect power structures.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading

Plot for Poets and Writers of Short Fiction: Writing alongside Lydia Davis

Instructor: Deborah Woodard. With weekly prompts, instructor feedback, and discussion, students will examine the stories of Lydia Davis.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry

Documenting the Times: Graphic Journalism, Nonfiction Comics, and Visual Poetry

Instructor: Nhatt Nichols. Students will create works of graphic journalism, documentary comic, and visual poetry and leave with the skills to create nonfiction comics that say something true about the world as they understand it.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

[FREE] Ways of Seeing: The Image and The Imagists (for BIPOC)

Instructor: Marguerite Harrold. Students will read and discuss how images are used in various forms, including haiku, tanka, and short-form poetry and create poems that capture what they've learned.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Global Citizen Poetry Class

Instructor: Emily Sernaker. Inspired by Ilya Kaminsky’s Poets in the World series, this class will examine the work of living poets based outside of the United States.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Writing the Avant-garde Lyric

Instructor: Noah Zanella. In this generative course, students will experiment and play to expand their ideas about the possibilities of language, composition, and form of the lyric poem.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

When the Color Blue Was Born

Instructor: Sierra Nelson. Taking inspiration from science, art, and literature, students will participate in generative writing prompts using color as the prismatic approach to create a portfolio of new work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Poet Tea: Making and Writing about Tea

Instructors: Yasmine Ameli & Saba Keramati. In this interactive, generative poetry workshop all about tea, we will consider poems at the intersections of ritual and sensory experience and engage in writing prompts to explore image, memory, culture, and narrative.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 22, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

What We Really Mean to Say: Utilizing Poetic Techniques in Prose

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. In this craft workshop, students will read selections from prose writers utilizing poetic techniques, identify four ways to attend to language, and practice using these techniques in their own writing.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, Reading

Reading and Writing the Long Poem

Instructor: Laura Da'. Students will read, discuss, and create new works informed by long poems including sequence poems, epic poems, and book-length poems.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 22, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Submissions Support Group

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. This course is designed for writers new to submissions who want to familiarize themselves with the process while learning from, and sharing experiences with, their peers.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry

Poetry I

Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza. Whether you're a beginning poet or a lover of the art, this class will introduce students week by week to elements of poetic craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Poetry

Poetics of the Haunted House

Instructor: Hannah Schoettmer. In this class, ghosts of all types will be invited in and engaged with. Students will examine and learn from poems utilizing the mechanisms of haunting, and generate new work.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Nature Is All of Us: Decolonizing Nature Writing

Instructor: Jennifer Perrine. Students will read nature-centered poetry, essays, and fiction by Black, Indigenous, Asian American, and Latine writers and generate drafts of poems or prose inspired by nature.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online