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.

Novel, The Writing Life

Finding a Publisher to Fall in Love with Your Work (IN-PERSON)

This one-day intensive session will create a plan for every member of the class on how to find a publisher for their completed manuscript.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 13, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Essay, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Freelance Going Pro (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Through guided and practical exercises, this course will give you the confidence to turn your art into a long-term, successful business.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 12 sessions
Start Date: September 1, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
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 Date: September 1, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Loving the Writing Life

Instructor: Kimberly Dark. Whether you're new to writing or the joy is gone—this class is for you. In each session, we'll experiment with how to relate to the world, make meaning and convey passion through writing.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: September 18, 2022, 11:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story, The Writing Life

Building Your Collection: Advanced Yearlong Workshop in Short Fiction

Instructor: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum. This yearlong workshop in short fiction focuses on intensive craft study, identifying and making progress toward individual writing goals, and undertaking the construction of a collection of short fiction.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 sessions
Start Date: September 19, 2022, 6:30pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

How to Organize Your Projects & Time

Instructor: Beverly Aarons. Learn how to create a personalized organizational system that can provide a flexible structure for finishing projects and reaching goals.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: September 24, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

FREE The BIPOC Writer’s Toolkit: Strategies for Funding Applications

Instructor: D.A. Navoti. Get an introduction to business writing concepts to strengthen applications for fellowships, grants, and residencies. This course is specifically for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in any literary form.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Query Letter Bootcamp

Instructor: Lindsay Newton. In this supportive workshop environment, participants will work with a "Big Five" editor and publishing consultant to learn the pitching process and generate a strategic, ready-to-send query letter to their agent of choice.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 3 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

The Writer’s Notebook

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. Combining generative exercises, workshops, and notable examples, this course will investigate the relationship between writers/artists and their notebooks—how notebooks can feed our creative work, even be the creative work itself.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 3, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Embodied & Mindful Writing

Instructor: Jennifer Perrine. By combining writing prompts with skills derived from embodiment and mindfulness practices, we'll bring our awareness to sensation and emotion, for the benefit of both our writing and our well-being.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 5, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Creative Vulnerability: Getting Started

Inspired by Brené Brown, this course explores ways of moving through artistic fear to get writing. In addition to discussing vulnerability in our work, we'll use exercises to visualize and approach our projects from new perspectives.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 5, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Pitch Your Book So Publishers Pay Attention

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Agents and publishers are flooded with more queries than ever before. How can you cut through the noise and get noticed? In this class, we'll step back and look at your fiction or nonfiction work with fresh eyes and get publishers to pay attention.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 8, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Poetry, The Writing Life

Think Like an Editor, Publish Your Poetry

Instructor: Natasha Moni. Thousands of journals and markets are flooded with unsolicited submissions. How does your submission stand out? Develop publication strategies. Leave with tips, links, and a handout on how to nail the right markets.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 9, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Ghostwriting: The Art & Science of Being Someone Else’s Voice

Instructor: Beth Jusino. What's involved with writing for someone else? This class will explore what it takes to be a ghostwriter or collaborative writer (and what the difference is), and talk the business aspects of writing another person's book.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 9, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

In The Message: Adinkra Symbols – Meditation & Writing (for BIPOC)

Instructor: Naa Akua. Adinkra symbols are West African proverbs or messages shown through visual symbolism, created by the Akan people of Ghana. In this class, we will connect with these ancient visual proverbs to see how they influence our modern-day life.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 12, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Getting Your Word Out: Submitting, Publishing, & Marketing Your Writing

Instructor: Holly Day. In this workshop, we’ll discuss proper manuscript formatting for poetry, fiction, creative fiction, and journalism, and go on to discuss market lists, deciphering writer’s guidelines, dealing with rejection and rejoicing in seeing your work in print.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: October 16, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Market While You Write: Building an Audience Before You Publish Your Book (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Like it or not, marketing is part of a modern author's job description, and it starts long before the book comes out. This four-part self-paced class explores practical and realistic ways for writers to gather a community.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 17, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
The Writing Life

Writing a Second Act

Instructor: Heidi Seaborn. Designed for people who've had another career and are now pursuing writing, students will act on their dreams by setting writing goals and gaining the insights, techniques, and tips to establish their craft.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: October 29, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Visual Inspiration: Writing from Assemblages & Collages

Instructor: Anca Szilágyi. In this one-day class, we will explore generating new writing from the visual art forms of assemblages and collage by looking at contemporary works available in the Henry Art Gallery's permanent collection.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 3, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Inspired by Images: Ekphrastic Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. Ekphrastic writing has been described as “taking the visual and transforming it to the verbal.” In this generative workshop, participants will engage with imaginative prompts, exploring images as a source of inspiration.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 6, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

FREE Meditation for Writers

Instructor: Paulette Perhach & April Dávila. By sharing scientific research and personal experience, this class will explore how secular mindfulness practice helps artists deal with challenges both big and small.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 19, 2022, 12:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Research Tools for Historical Fiction & Nonfiction Writers

Instructor: Holly Day. During this session, students will be walked through the process of finding old books and textbooks that have been archived online, and the proper way to credit them, if needed, in a bibliography.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: November 30, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
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 Date: December 3, 2022, 1:10pm
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 Date: December 4, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online