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.

Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Publishing Intensive

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.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: May 21, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Turning Your Book Dream Into Reality

In this course, memoir author and book coach Ingrid Ricks teaches mindset-changing techniques for conquering psychological obstacles and accountability strategies she employs to finish a manuscript.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 12, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Agents, Editors, and the Publishing Industry (for BIPOC)

For BIPOC, this class offers an overview of the publishing business. We'll discuss subverting the "white gaze", building networks of support, and writing query letters with agents and editors working to change the industry from within.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 18, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Demystifying the Submission Process (for BIPOC)

Submitting to creative writing opportunities—literary journals, residencies, or grants—can be daunting. First, students will develop an artist statement and project proposal, then we'll celebrate with an interactive submission party.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: June 23, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

FREE Breaking the Seal: Finally Submitting Work

This class will cover submission portals, rejection trackers, and personal goals. With discussions including examples of cover letters, students will walk away with the foundational tools to start submitting.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

FREE Promote Like a Pro: A PR Cheat Sheet for Writers

This workshop teaches writers how to promote published work(editing, beta reading, book reviews). We’ll discuss which digital platforms to utilize; how to simplify content creation; and marketing via book events and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: June 27, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Essay, The Writing Life

Pitching Essays and Articles for Publication

Whether you're working toward your first byline, or want to improve your acceptance rate, this class will help you develop strong pitches, build relationships with editors, and negotiate contracts with a step-by-step guide.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: July 6, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
The Writing Life

From Getting an Agent to Hitting the Shelves

Publishing is a minefield of unknowns. This course takes students through the publication process–should you hire a copy editor; do you have to go to conferences; what is querying–and offers the opportunity to ask questions.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 10, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Memoir, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

How to Write a Memoir Book Proposal

In this class, you will learn about each component of a memoir book proposal, strategies for writing a proposal that will gain the attention of agents/editors, as well as tips for writing a killer query letter.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, The Writing Life

Publishing Intensive for Speculative Fiction

This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the publishing business and opportunities for writers of speculative fiction, with special guests and Speculatively Queer publishers Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 16, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Scribble Away: A Creative Writing Camp for Parents (IN-PERSON)

An opportunity for professional peer support, this writing intensive is for writers with children aged 9-13. This in-person camp includes writing time, story mapping, group discussions, and one-on-one consultations.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: August 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
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: August 10, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
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