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.

Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Essay Collection or Memoir?

Instructor: Katherine Standefer. In this 6-hour intensive, writers will identify potential "centers of gravity" in their material, and pinpoint their work's central questions, considering narrative arc, repetition, and more.

Course Status: Full
View Details
Level: Advanced
Length: 2 sessions
Start: February 4, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading, The Writing Life

Writing the Body

Instructor: Meghan Lamb. This course will examine the methodology of writing about bodily experiences and explore the merits of engaging deeply and precisely with sex, aging, illness, and more.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: February 12, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Research Tools for Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

Instructor: Holly Day. Learn how to compile a bibliography from sources including online and physical collections of newspaper archives, library special collections, photo banks, and more, with info on tracing source material and tips for staying organized.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: February 19, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Fiction

Visual Inspiration: Writing Prose from Art

Instructor: Anca Szilagyi. This workshop will explore the creative process and examine the relationship between writing and visual art.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 26, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

How to Get Your Essays and Articles Published

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. Whether you're working toward your first byline, or you want to improve your acceptance rate, this class will help you develop strong pitches, build relationships with editors, and negotiate contracts. 

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 27, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Digging into the Details

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. This generative workshop will explore the power of detail and description in prose.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 28, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

AWP Prep for First-Timers, Introverts, and the Intimidated

Instructor: Paulette Perhach. Prep for AWP with a guide to networking, using the AWP app, and developing a personalized a game plan to enjoy the programming.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 4, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Create A Writing Routine That Works For You

Instructor: Melanie Figg. With a mix of writing exercises, small groups, lecture, and discussion/Q&A, learn practical ways to build a sustainable writing practice that works for you.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 18, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Safety for Writers

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. Review tools and resources to develop strategies that preserve your privacy and develop self-care tools for writing and building a network for community care.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 19, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Reaching A Readership: Submitting Your Poems To Journals

Instructor: Dilruba Ahmed. This class will discuss cover letters, simultaneous submissions, and where to submit, while also exploring strategies for reaching a broader audience.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

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.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length:
Start: April 9, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Essay

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.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Open to all levels
Length: 12 sessions
Start: April 9, 2023 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Publishing Intensive

Instructor: Peter Mountford. This full-day class featuring guests from small and large presses offers an introductory overview of the literary fiction and nonfiction publishing business. Students will pitch their books to one another and offer feedback, as well as receive an extensive packet with resources.

Course Status: Seats left
View Details
Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: May 20, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online