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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, Reading, Short Story, Essay

Exploring Chapbooks

Instructor: Bill Carty. This class will combine readings, discussions, and workshops of chapbooks, studying both contemporary and historical collections.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 9, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

A Wrinkle in Time: How to Master Chronology

Instructor: Steve Almond. This seminar will examine the ways in which humans are time travelers—living in the past of our memories and the future of our hopes—and how chronology can be effectively adapted for storytelling.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 9, 2024 , 5:30pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story

Autobiographical Fiction Workshop

Instructor: Wancy Young Cho. This workshop aims to mine the writer's own life for stories, emotions, details, situations, and connections, then amplify that information and history with the limitless magic of writing.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 10, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

Creating Characters Who Live Your Story

Instructor: Wendy Kendall. For writers of all genres, this interactive lecture will study the craft of creating compelling characters, with in-class writing and opportunities to share.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 10, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel, Short Story

How to Write Riveting Scenes

Instructor: Steve Almond. This class will investigate the elements of the most successful scenes, including narrative structure and plot.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 10, 2024 , 5:30pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Blue Sphere Imploding: Writing Climate Grief

Instructor: Shankar Narayan. Drawing on ancient philosophical and spiritual texts, scientific analyses, news articles, and contemporary poetry, this class will explore and deconstruct our feelings around the current climate crisis to then create our own pieces suffused with the contradictory energies of living in this particular moment.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Imagined Realities: Speculative Fiction Survey

Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor. This generative class will read, examine, and write to respond to bold, playful and innovative speculative fiction from writers like Ling Ma, Jamaica Kincaid, Italo Calvino, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Franz Kafka.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Hybrid Forms Workshop

Instructor: Corinne Manning. This workshop will utilize the Critical Response Process to deepen our understanding of our own work and the work of other's, and explore the craft of contemporary hybrid masterpieces.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Short Story

Short Fiction: From Blank Page to Last Page

Instructor: Holly Day. This class will offer a variety of generative prompts, from basic character formation and development exercises to creating vivid scenes and scenarios for your characters to live and participate in. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Six Paths to Plot

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. This course will examine six different approaches to plot problems, using exercises, discussion, and homework to explore a range of tactics for unsnarling the difficult sinew of causality. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Get Your Writing Life Organized!

Instructor: Paulette Perhach. Learn the habits, tools, and templates to use to become and stay organized and free the rest of your brain for writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
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: Intermediate, Advanced
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, 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
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

Utilizing Poetic Techniques in Prose

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. In this craft workshop, we will discuss four techniques for attending to language and crafting evocative prose.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story

Writing about Disgust

Instructor: Olivia Cheng. In this generative seminar, we will discuss "unlikeable" protagonists, look at how readers are kept on the page despite or because of disgust, and write our own pieces exploring horror, dread, and disgust.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 25, 2024 , 5:00pm 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, Reading, Short Story

The World in a Flash: Intro to Flash Fiction

Instructor: Tara Campbell. Explore the genre of flash fiction and create your own compact masterpieces, with reading and discussions around the definition of flash fiction, fundamentals of storytelling within the constraints of flash, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Nonfiction, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

Write Your Story: Writing to Heal

Instructor: Ingrid Ricks. Tap into the healing power of personal narrative and learn how to identify, structure, and develop your story, with writing assignments and individual coaching sessions with the instructor.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 5 sessions
Start: May 1, 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