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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.

Poetry, The Writing Life

Turning Rejected Poems into Acceptances

Instructor: Jose Hernandez Diaz. This workshop will guide writers through the revision and submission process in poetry and prose poetry, exploring revision strategies such as condensed language, musicality, form, to submission strategies, rejection rates, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 27, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading

Bird’s Eye View: Close Reading & Revision

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. Experiment with hands-on practices—annotation, structural mapping, and more—that open up new understandings of what’s on the page and learn specific tools for reading other writers' work as a source of inspiration. 

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 29, 2024 , 7:10 pm PT
Format: In Person
The Writing Life

Your Story & Your Pitch

Instructor: Margot Leitman. Learn how to incorporate your personal story into whatever it is you are trying to sell—whether it be a script, book, product, etc., to make your potential client, partner, or audience want to invest in not only your product, but you as a person.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 4 sessions
Start: February 29, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Intro to Travel Writing

Instructor: Rachel Werner. This two session "crash course" in researching and writing travel content will guide students as they explore communicating a sense of place using humor, personal narrative, listicles, and social commentary.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 2 sessions
Start: March 14, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life

Assemble Your Poetry Manuscript

Instructor: Jennifer Perrine. This class will offer methods for assembling a poetry collection, including exercises to help you identify themes, experiment with sequence and structure, and recognize opportunities for further development.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: March 23, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life, Reading

The Fearless Pen

Instructor: Beth Slattery. This class is designed to help fearful writers find the courage needed to begin, or finish, a project. Students will leave class with 25 pages written toward a project and extensive instructor feedback.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 11, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Behind Submittable: An Editor’s POV

Instructor: Heidi Seaborn. This lecture will provide a window into the editorial process and calculations, demystifying the journey to publication while providing tips and strategies for success.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Get Your Writing Life Organized!

Instructor: Paulette Perhach. Learn the habits, tools, and templates to use to become and stay organized and free the rest of your brain for writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 13, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit

Market While You Write

Instructor: Beth Jusino. Build your audience before you publish your book exploring the practical and realistic ways to gather a community using websites, mailing lists, social and traditional media, influencers, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 16, 2024 , - PT
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

The Sentence is the Spark

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this class, we'll center our attention on micro-units of prose, looking at examples of vivid, lovely, and memorable language from writers like Ross Gay, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison, and exploring varied structures and techniques.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 18, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Bringing the Personal into Nature Writing

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum. In this class, students will read and write prose that brings the relationship between the self and the nonhuman world into sharp focus.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Short Story, Essay

Utilizing Poetic Techniques in Prose

Instructor: Joe Wilkins. In this craft workshop, we will discuss four techniques for attending to language and crafting evocative prose.

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Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: April 20, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading

“Cc Me!” Exploring Epistolary Poetry

Instructor: Cate Lycurgus. This generative class explores the letter poem and its opportunities for connection, social commentary or critique, catharsis, and discovery. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: April 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay, Writing for Performance

Unlocking the Vault: The Personal Archive

Instructor: Molly Schaeffer. Mining our own notes and fragments for use in writing prompts, we'll recycle and experiment with our own words, utilizing techniques including collage, mapping, poetry, and memoir.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 8 sessions
Start: April 24, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Essay

How to Be an Author for Hire

Instructor: Rachel Werner.  Learn the benefits and opportunities of navigating the "lesser-known" paths to becoming a published author working with educational institutions, businesses, publishers, and more.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: April 25, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Fiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story

Writing about Disgust

Instructor: Olivia Cheng. In this generative seminar, we will discuss "unlikeable" protagonists, look at how readers are kept on the page despite or because of disgust, and write our own pieces exploring horror, dread, and disgust.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 6 sessions
Start: April 25, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life

Artist Statements for Creative Writers

Instructor: Lyzette Wanzer. Open to writers of all genres, students in this workshop will read, craft, and revise through several drafts of their artist statements for practical application with grants, author websites, residency and funding applications, and more.

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Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start: April 27, 2024 , 10:00am PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life

Book Reviews for Beginners

Instructor: Asa Drake. In this generative workshop, we'll cover essential elements of long and short-form reviews and address practical aspects of writing criticism.

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Level: Introductory, Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
The Writing Life, Memoir, Essay, Writing for Performance

Comedic Storytelling for the Stage

Instructor: Margot Leitman. Students will learn to dig inside their own lives to find humorous and relatable material that unifies an audience, with additional focus on getting through the fear of being judged for candor.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 4, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

For the Fun of It: Recapturing Joy in Writing

Instructor: Kimberly Lee. For beginner and seasoned writers alike, this generative workshop will serve as a safe haven for exploration and self-expression with engaging prompts designed to awaken your imagination.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 8, 2024 , 7:10pm PT
Format: Online
Nonfiction, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Essay

Pop Culture in Personal Essays

Instructor: Catherine Carmody. Read and review example essays to learn and apply how writers combine pop culture, cultural criticism, and personal narrative into personal essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 15, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Memoir, Young Adult/Children's Lit, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Unstuck: Strategies & Meditations

Instructor: Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. In this workshop, we'll use guided meditation, visualization, and writing exercises to identify and soften our own particular versions of resistance and to reconnect with the parts of us that use language to create. 

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

Instructor: Greg November. This generative one-day workshop is all about things, stuff, items—creating a world on the page through the power of ordinary items that evoke passions, fears, dreams, and all manner of big, big ideas.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start: May 18, 2024 , 1:10pm PT
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Reading, Short Story, Essay

The Writer’s Journal as Creative Practice

Instructor: Noah Zanella. This class will look at the potential of the journal as a crucial component of a writer's practice, reading from the journals/diaries of Franz Kafka, Joanne Kyger, George Oppen, and more, engaging in various journaling practices and using this material to generate stories, poems, or essays.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start: May 23, 2024 , 5:00pm PT
Format: Online