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Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

Summer 2024 Digital Class Catalog

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, Novel, Short Story, Essay, Writing for Performance

Establishing a Writing Practice

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. Struggling to write? Learn to plan and finish projects, cultivate a regular writing habit, and improve your writing in a way that works for you! Leave with a sustainable weekly writing practice and tools to get unstuck. 

Course Status: Full
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: July 3, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Writing Multidimensional Characters

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Take your characters from cardboard cutout to fully realized creature in this three-hour generative seminar. Leave with three character sketches and a toolkit for bringing your characters to life.  

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: July 6, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Poets Going Prose

Instructor: Taneum Bambrick. For poets curious about or already working on a prose project. We'll approach prose writing through poetics: shape, form, syntax, and narrative scope. You'll leave with a solid grasp of prose fundamentals. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 10, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story

Let’s Write a Ghost Story

Instructor: Holly Day. For those who love a good scare! We'll read and write stories based on haunted places, objects, and time periods. Leave with four starts to your own ghost story. 

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

Character Between the Lines

Instructor: Rachel Sobel. Take a character from idea to fleshed-out being by diving into the essentials: physicality, point of view, relationships, dialogue, internality, growth, and more in this craft intensive. 

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 11, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

To Joke or Not to Joke: Balancing Humor and Pathos in First Person Narrative

Instructor: Beth Slattery. Balancing the serious and the humorous is one of the best, yet trickiest, tools to hook your readers. Learn to hit that sweet spot – bring a scene to work on and leave with revisions. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Reading, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Imagined Realities: Speculative Fiction Survey

Instructor: Evan Ramzipoor. Speculative fiction is play: breaking narrative forms to create something new. We'll study how the masters do it, then write our own. Leave with several starts and a new sense of ease toward your writing as a whole. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 10 sessions
Start: July 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Introduction to Technology for Writers

Instructor: Grace Bialecki. Learn about and practice with commonly used writing tools and programs such as MS Word, Scrivener, and Submittable. Perfect for writers working past tech-phobia or who want to organize their writing with nifty new tools. 

Course Status: Seats left
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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Ver para crear

Instructor: Rosario López. Tener una mirada particular es muy difícil, pero no imposible: es algo que se entrena. En el taller, exploraremos fuentes inagotables para encontrar nuestra mirada y darle voz y luz, contarla. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: August 24, 2024 , 10:00 am 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