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

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 During this session, students will be walked through the process of finding old books and textbooks that have been archived online, and the proper way to credit them, if needed, in a bibliography.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: November 30, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
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: December 3, 2022 , 1:10pm PT
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.

Course Status: Full
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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: December 4, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Seeing Beyond Stereotypes

Instructor: Michele L. Simms-Burton. Avoid the pitfalls of stereotypes by practicing seeing diverse people in their full humanity. Examine examples of writing that successfully present unique, fully drawn, non-stereotypical characters.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: December 10, 2022 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
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: December 31, 2022 , 12:00am PT
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: December 31, 2022 , 12:00am PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Lit Witches: Crafting Spells and Rituals for Subversive Narratives

Instructors: Allison Ellis, Amy Bowers. Delve deep into the lore and canon of witches, examining themes such as feminism, domesticity, power, and social change. Students can expect to craft their own witchy narratives and generate new stories, essays, or longer scenes.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 17, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

The Art of Food Writing

Instructor: Sabra Boyd. In this hybrid course, students will workshop a draft, craft pitches for publication, and strategize finding an editor. We will also discuss the politics and ethics of food writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start: January 18, 2023 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

How to Write a Modern Love Essay

Instructor: Theo Nestor. Students will read and discuss example columns with a focus on structure, with writing prompts to begin their own Modern Love essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: January 19, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Applying for Fellowships and Residencies

Instructor: Piper Lane. Students will workshop successful personal statements, from grad school to residency applications, with attention to audience and authenticity.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: January 21, 2023 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Poet Tea: Making and Writing about Tea

Instructors: Yasmine Ameli & Saba Keramati. In this interactive, generative poetry workshop all about tea, we will consider poems at the intersections of ritual and sensory experience and engage in writing prompts to explore image, memory, culture, and narrative.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: January 22, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Submissions Support Group

Instructor: Gracie Bialecki. This course is designed for writers new to submissions who want to familiarize themselves with the process while learning from, and sharing experiences with, their peers.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 2 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Writing(,) Noticing

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. This class will examine elements of attention, drawing from various media: writing, film, music, and the natural world, and experiment with generative exercises, freewriting, and discussion.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: January 23, 2023 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Level: Intermediate, Introductory
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.

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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.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: March 21, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
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.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: May 20, 2023 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online