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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, The Writing Life, Reading, Essay

Writing for McSweeney’s

Instructor: Jeff Bender. Do you laugh at your own jokes? Us, too. Turn your pet peeves and weird thoughts into satirical pieces of 600-900 words. Meet guests from the humor-writing world and leave with 1 or 2 full humor pieces and premises for more. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 2, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
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, The Writing Life, Reading, Writing for Performance

Writing Short Humor & Telling Big Jokes

Instructor: Mayur Chauhan. Got feelings? Channel them into jokes and short humor pieces in this highly supportive workshop. You'll leave with three polished pieces and a funnier, more creative perspective on the world. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: July 9, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Poetry & Publishing

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. Ready to send your poems out into the world? Learn to research journals, choose publications for your work, and track submissions, all while generating new work. Leave with new poems, a cover letter, and a submission! 

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 6 sessions
Start: July 10, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Build Your Author Platform

Instructor: Theo Nestor. Need to market your book but unsure of how to build your audience? Learn easy and manageable ways to approach email lists, social media, and websites. You'll leave with concrete skills to put into practice right away. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: July 10, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir

Write Your Memoir’s Overview

Instructor: Theo Nestor. A great memoir overview forms the foundation for query letters, book proposals, and marketing materials. Learn how to draw your readers in and leave them hungry for more with your own memoir overview. 

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: July 17, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Writing for Performance

How to Read a Poem

Instructor: Jeanine Walker. Learn the art of performing poetry aloud in this one-day craft-focused class. We'll study readings by contemporary poets and hone our ears for sound and rhythm. This class includes an invitation to read at a class reading.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
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. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: July 20, 2024 , 10:00 am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Short But Mighty: Crafting Flash Nonfiction

Instructor: Kate Carmody. Writers can pack a punch in less than 1000 words. We'll study a variety of flash nonfiction pieces by masters of the form then write our own short work. Leave with several starts to a flash nonfiction essay. 

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
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
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Essay

Freelance Going Pro

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: September 30, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous